North Lakes Academy offers three different opportunities to earn college credit either on campus or through a local post-secondary institution. For further details, please see Policy #107-Dual Credit and Post-Secondary Enrollment.
Advanced Placement courses are offered at North Lakes Academy with our staff to our students that meet course requirements. College credit can be earned based on the Advanced Placement cumulative exam administered each spring in that content area, produced by CollegeBoard. Scores on these exams do not impact course grades at NLA, and expectations for post-secondary institutions will vary.
College-in-the-Schools (CIS) courses are offered to students through a partnership between a University of Minnesota faculty member in a particular discipline and a North Lakes Academy staff member. Students complete college-level coursework while still attending classes at NLA, complete assessments designed by the college professor, and receive college credit upon earning a passing grade. Grades earned in the CIS course will appear on both a student's high school transcript as well as their future college transcript. See more program details on the College-in-the-Schools website.
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) can be a part-time or full-time venture for students (grades 10-12), and is entirely the responsibility of the student to ensure that courses chosen can adequately replace North Lakes Academy's curricular and standard requirements. Learn more about the program from the Minnesota Department of Education's resource page.
- Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution.
- Some PSEO classes are available to be taken online through an institution.
- There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees in order to participate.
- Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students.
North Lakes Academy must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year.
For more information, please read Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 124D.09.