Post-Secondary Educational Options (PSEO)



What is PSEO?
Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that offers high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college-level courses.  The credits earned can be used to meet high school graduation requirements and college requirements.  The purpose of this program is to provide rigorous academic challenges and a wider variety of options for qualified students.




Who can take PSEO courses?
Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Sophomores are allowed to take one career/technical class.
Juniors, you must be in the top 1/3 (33%) of your class or higher.
Senior, you must be in the top 1/2 (50%) of your class or higher.
Ask one of the secretaries or counselors for your class rank if you do not know it.


Benefits of PSEO:

1) Provides opportunity for classes not offered at the high school 
2) Provides opportunity to explore areas of special interest 
3) May decrease time spent in college 
4) Provides financial benefits (tuition and books are paid for by high school) 
5) May have a more flexible schedule 
Possible Downfalls of taking PSEO:
1) Miss out on high school experiences 
2) Full time PSEO students will not receive a chromebook from RVHS
3) Transportation costs to and from the college
4) Less support from individual teachers
5) Grades are a permanent part of your college record and part of your college GPA 

Where can I find more information?
Meet with Mrs. Green - she coordinates all the PSEO students for RVHS
Print out the PSEO information packet
Check out the
Minnesota Department of Education website


Amber Green, School Counselor​
Email: agreen@redwoodareaschools.com  
Phone: 507.644.8278



Career and College Readiness Resources

In today's global economy, students must be well-prepared for the demands of college and the workplace. Redwood Area Schools provides support to assist students as they transition from middle school to high school and into an increasingly wide array of postsecondary options. Each of the options is described below.

MDE Information:

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
PSEO is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.

There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09.  If a school district determines a student is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses.  Schools must provide up-to-date 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 current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

Concurrent Enrollment
Redwood Area Schools partners with Southwest Minnesota State University to offer the following college credit courses to our high school students here. Students who successfully complete these courses generate both high school and college credit from the partnering postsecondary institution.
 
There is no cost to the student to participate in these courses, but there are entrance requirements. These courses provide high school students advanced skills today and greater flexibility when they enter the university setting full-time. That may include pursuing second majors and internships or studying abroad.
 

Redwood Area Schools offers the following Concurrent Enrollment Courses:
College Challenge Psychology
Algebra III
 
Advanced Placement (AP)  
AP is a College Board program that offers high school students the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses and earn college credit while in high school. The content in AP courses is structured like college courses. Students who complete an AP course and take the end-of-course examination may qualify for college credit from postsecondary institutions, provided their score meets the institution’s credit policy. These courses help prepare students for further education and many colleges look favorably on transcripts that include AP coursework. 
 

Redwood Area Schools offers the following Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:
AP English
AP Biology
AP Government
AP World History
AP Calculus
Spanish IV
AP Music Theory

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a College Board program that allows students to accelerate their education by earning college credit by taking a computer-based test of their knowledge. Learning can be done through general academic instruction, independent study, extracurricular work or volunteerism. The time and money saved can be significant. Check with the postsecondary institution of your choice for their most recent CLEP credit policy. Visit the College Board website for more information.
 
This information provided with the assistance of MREA, a statewide organization advocating for Greater Minnesota students.