PSEO Information

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In today's global economy, students must be well prepared for the demands of college and the workplace. The Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools provide 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.

For questions on any of these resources, please contact:

Superintendent Bryan Boysen at (507)789-7000 or view our Enrollment Options Presentation on our district website.

Concurrent Enrollment

These are courses taught by a secondary or postsecondary faculty member, for which the school is eligible to receive concurrent enrollment aid. The Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools collaborates with Southwest Minnesota State University to offer the following college credit courses to our high school students on our campus. 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.

The Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools offers the following Concurrent Enrollment Courses:

College Algebra (SMSU) and multiple courses in Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture, and Industrial Technology have articulation agreements to earn credit or waive credit requirements with area technical colleges.

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.

The Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools and the Wasioja Education Technology Cooperative offer the following Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:

Social Studies (4 courses), English (2 courses), Math (2 courses), and Science (1 course). See current Kenyon-Wanamingo Secondary School registration guide available on our website to match the courses available in the semester of interest. This can be found under Schools, High (9-12), Students and Parents, Student Handbook.     

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. Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

PSEO is a program that allows students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades 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.

Students enrolled in the Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools who are participating in PSEO programs will have a class schedule, which provides them with access to the school campus and all available resources during the regular school day. PSEO students will also have access to the same range of co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities as all other enrolled students.

Weighted Grades

The following courses have a weighted value in determining honor roll status as well as class rank:

Pre-Calculus, College Algebra, Spanish III / IV, Chemistry, Advanced Physics, Biotechnology, Most Advanced Placement classes, Honors Macroeconomics, Anatomy/Physiology, and Honors American Government.

PSEO classes do not qualify for weighted grade status. Weighted classes are distinguished by having collegiate expectations and those classes with less than 50% of the students in that grade enrolled.

For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education's Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

This information provided with the assistance of MREA, a statewide organization advocating for Greater Minnesota students.

This information provided with the assistance of MREA, a statewide organization advocating for Greater Minnesota students.