SWCHS offers a number of opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school. These options have the potential for students to enter college with a sophomore standing and include:
- Advanced Placement Courses (AP)
- Post-Secondary On Site (PSOS)
- Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) – online
Advanced Placement (AP)
AP classes are a great way for students to challenge themselves academically. The AP classes offered at SWCHS are the following:
- AP World History (10th grade)
- AP English 11 (11th grade)
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Studio Art
In the spring semester, students take an AP test or submit a portfolio for each AP class in which they are enrolled. A passing grade on an AP test will earn students credits for college. The tests are scored from 1–5. Anything above a 3 is considered a passing grade; however, colleges differ in the number of credits they award for scores at/above 3.
Post-Secondary On Site (PSOS)
SWCHS partners with the University of Northwestern–St. Paul and Crown College in offering courses to qualified juniors and seniors at Southwest Christian’s campus. These courses are taught during the regular school day by instructors who have been trained and contracted by the college. The content, textbooks, and course syllabus are determined by the college and are equivalent to what is taught at the respective college.
Students must meet the GPA requirements of the college for admission into their PSEO program in order to enroll in these courses. SWCHS students enrolling in these courses can expect the rigor of a college course and receive both high school and college credit (for students who complete the course with a C or higher). There may be a minimum number of SWCHS students needed per course for any of the courses to be offered at Southwest Christian.
PSOS courses offered at SWCHS:
- Introduction to Philosophy – UNWSP course #PHI 2005
- U.S. National Government – UNWSP course #POS 2005
- Principles of Economics – UNWSP course #ECO 2201
- Introduction to Literature – UNWSP course #LIT 1100
- Composition I – UNWSP course #ENG 1105
- US History to, and since, 1877 – UNWSP courses #HIS 2001 & #HIS 2002
- Principles of Biology – UNWSP course #BIO 1011 (will be offered again in 2019-2020)
- General Chemistry I – Crown course #SCI 245
- Concepts of Personal Finance – Crown course #BUS 130
Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) – online
SWCHS desires to meet the needs of all students by offering expanded opportunities through online coursework, including Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) at various Minnesota institutions and Post Secondary On Site (PSOS) courses offered by other institutions. These courses can fulfill elective requirements for graduation and often expose students to other forms of learning.
The following factors should be taken into consideration by students and parents when considering taking online courses:
- The online environment is predominantly independent learning and will require students to be self-motivated and mature, as they will be responsible for their learning.
- While the format of the online classes is non-traditional and flexible, students should expect to be challenged and have nightly and/or weekly homework, tests, projects, or papers. Students must be disciplined to follow the designed scope and sequence of the course in order to be successful.
- Each partnering institution has policies and procedures for the completion of online work, grading, tests, late work, and other educational practices and do not necessarily follow the same policies and procedures as SWCHS.
- While SWCHS will facilitate enrollment into these courses and recognize this coursework on a student’s transcript, the student and parents will primarily be dealing with the online instructor and partnering institution. It is critical to understand the expectations for communication and also realize that online education is different from a traditional classroom experience. The majority of communication will occur electronically, so students and parents need to understand and follow the procedures designed by the partnering institution to ensure success.
- PSEO is a program open to Minnesota’s high school juniors and seniors, allowing them to take college courses while they are in high school at no additional cost to the student. SWCHS students may take courses part-time at a nearby college or university or through distance learning if they meet the admission requirements of the school to which they are applying and if their classes at SWCHS can be worked out to accommodate their off-campus schedule.
The following guidelines have been adopted at SWCHS for students interested in applying for PSEO or Post Secondary On Site (PSOS):
- The required core classes for graduation at SWCHS must be taken at the SWCHS campus and the minimum credits for graduation will apply for all students participating in PSEO and PSOS.
- SWCHS reserves the right to not accept certain courses towards the necessary credits for graduation.
- Students must meet the GPA requirements of the institution in which they are enrolling.
- The student should adjust their online and/or off-campus schedule to enable participation in discipleship groups, all-school choir, and Encounter at SWCHS.
- The student will comply with all policies relating to SWCHS as if they were a full-time student.
- Students taking PSEO/PSOS courses may participate in all co-curricular programs at SWCHS.
- All courses taken through PSEO that are necessary for graduation from SWCHS will appear on the student’s high school transcript. It may be in the interest of the student to record other PSEO courses only on the college transcript.
- The family will pay full tuition at SWCHS and will be credited a determined amount per class, after SWCHS has received the transcript indicating grade and credits following the completion of the course. All other SWCHS fees still apply. Contact Director of Student Services Ann Broscoff for details and applications.
- Unless otherwise noted, all PSEO courses worth four college credits will be granted one credit at SWCHS.
- SWCHS does not allow for full-time PSEO students.
Students interested in pursuing PSEO courses for the first time should apply for admittance to the institution from which they wish to take classes during the spring registration period as some institutions have application deadlines as early as April 1. For each new semester that students wish to take PSEO courses, they should request the submission of the state PSEO form from their school counselor or director of student services.