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PACT Charter School
7250 E. Ramsey Parkway
Ramsey, MN 55303
 613_College Credit Policy
 Date created: 
Committee Approval by:   Date Approved:
 Reviewed:
 20150616
SPC   20170126  2016-17
BRD   20170302

PURPOSE

To define available college credit options for PACT secondary students (grades 10-12) who qualify for Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), College in the Schools (CIS), and Advanced Placement (AP).

 

PROGRAMS

PSEO, CIS and AP are designed: 1) to promote rigorous educational pursuits and 2) to provide more course options for students. The emotional maturity and level of responsibility of the students are major considerations for success in these programs. Careful attention should be given to the student's ability to work independently, as well as the student's self-discipline. PACT students can receive both high school and college credit for these courses.

To ensure that a student has the best opportunity for success it is essential that plans be coordinated with the school guidance counselor.

A.  College in the Schools

These courses are offered through a Minnesota accredited College or University, at PACT Charter School campus and taught by PACT teachers.

B.  Post-Secondary Enrollment Option

The PSEO program is offered through participating Minnesota post-secondary institutions, either on-campus or online, in accordance to MN Statute 124D.09. Some course restrictions may apply. Refer to the post-secondary institutions’ PSEO policy. Qualifying students may attend either full-time or part-time with tuition, fees, and textbooks paid for by the State of Minnesota or PACT. (PACT may have an agreement with local institutions). A complete list of participating institutions is available from the guidance counselor.

C.  Transportation

PACT is not obligated to provide transportation for PSEO students between the high school and the postsecondary institution.

If requested by the parents or guardians, PACT will reimburse low-income families for certain transportation costs incurred traveling to and from courses held on college campuses. Certain mileage limits apply. Qualifying students (as determined by income levels set by the federal government) will be reimbursed at 15 cents per mile for travel from their homes to the postsecondary institution or from PACT to the postsecondary institution, whichever is less. PACT applies for mileage reimbursement through the state on behalf of eligible public school students. For more information, view the Mileage Reimbursement Program1.

D.   Curriculum

All CIS and AP curriculum will be reviewed by the Secondary Curriculum Committee. The curriculum must be approved following the approval process outlined in the SCC description for the course to be offered.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Any 9th–12th grade student meeting qualifying criteria according to grade level, may register to apply. Other pre-requisites may apply for specific courses.

A.  Qualifying criteria for 11th and 12th graders in CIS, PSEO1 and AP programs:

    1. Student rank: Top 1/3 of class for Juniors and Top 1/2 for Seniors. Students may also qualify if they score on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test in the 80th percentile as a 10th grader, 70th percentile as an 11th grader, and 50th percentile as a 12th grader.
    2. The most current ranking (after first semester for the next fall; at the end of the school year for students starting the spring semester and/or new students) will be used to determine eligibility. Students are responsible to pass the State GRAD tests in reading and math; be maintaining progress toward graduation; and be enrolled in the minimum equivalent number of credits of 6.25 at PACT (when combined). Student rank at time of initial eligibility and registration retains eligibility even if ranking drops due to new incoming students at PACT with higher rank.

B.  Qualifying PSEO1 criteria for 10th graders

    1. Eligible 10th-grade students may enroll initially in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course through PSEO. If the student earns a “C” or higher grade in this first course, they are eligible to take additional CTE courses while in 10th grade.
    2. In order to be eligible, a 10th-grade student must have taken the 8th-grade MCA reading test in the 8th-grade, and have met the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds”.

C.  Qualifying CIS criteria for 10th graders

    1. 10th grade students taking a CIS course at PACT must rank in the top 1/10 of the class or score in the top 10% on a nationally standardized norm-referenced test.
    2. 10th grade students may become eligible for a math CIS course if they have successfully completed Algebra II and have a recommendation from a math teacher.

D.  Qualifying AP criteria for 9th and 10th graders

    1. Students must have an “A” in their last related course or teacher recommendation from that course.
    2. One teacher recommendation that indicates an ability to read College Level textbooks and write in grammatically correct sentences.
    3. Parent approval for their student to take the course.

E.  Institutions may have additional or different eligibility requirements.

PSEO students are responsible to inquire at the institution they would like to attend for their eligibility requirements. Institutions that partner with PACT for CIS may have additional or different eligibility requirements.

F.  PACT will inform all eligible students (according to the MN statute 124D.09) of the PSEO program by March 1st.

All students interested in PSEO must turn in their intent form to the guidance counselor by May 30th. PACT will inform students of any consequences due to participation in the PSEO program, but the student, not PACT, is responsible for those consequences (which may include ineligibility for graduation). All eligible students of the CIS program should indicate their interest in CIS courses during course registration.

 

MEETING PACT’s GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students may take a combination PSEO, high school, CIS, and AP courses at PACT to meet the graduation requirements in core subjects. Students are responsible to make sure they know PACT’s graduation requirements and register for courses that will satisfy required courses. PSEO students should refer to the PACT PSEO Transfer Credit Guide and register for courses that will satisfy required PACT courses. Students are required to take the equivalent of one English and one Social Studies course per year. See Policy 604 - Graduation Requirements.

 

CREDITS

Students receive both high school and post-secondary credit. Semester credit conversion:

 College Credits Earned   PACT Credit Earned 
6 1.50
5 1.25
4 1.00
3 0.75
2 0.50
1 0.25

 

Credit earned through a CIS or PSEO course (3 credits or more) will satisfactorily meet a full-year credit at PACT. (i.e.: a 3 credit English course would meet the 1-year required credit). Note that a 3-credit course, while meeting the requirements of a full-year class in a subject at PACT, will only transfer as 0.75 credits. It is expected that additional elective will be taken to meet PACT’s graduation credit requirement.

 

GRADES FOR COLLEGE COURSES

Students will be graded on an A-F grading scale based on the grades they receive from the institution. If the institution gives a P (or pass) for a class, PACT will award an average semester grade for that semester indicated with a lower case letter (example: a student receives A, B+ and a P, PACT grade = a- for the class receiving a P). Students receiving an “I” (or incomplete) for a class, will have 1 week from the end of PACT’s semester or their institution’s semester (which ever comes last) to complete the class and turn in a grade. If a grade is not given in that set time, a student will receive an F for that class. The guidance counselor will be in contact with the institutions for semester grading.

Due to the rigor of most college classes, full-time PSEO, CIS and AP students are urged to take no more than 3-4 college classes or 12 credits per semester. Weighted credit will be awarded to on the following scale:


 GRADE 

 

 REGULAR
WEIGHT

 HONORS
 WEIGHT 

 CIS/PSEO/AP
 WEIGHT

 A  4.000  4.200  4.400
 A-  3.667  3.876  4.067
 B+  3.333  3.533  3.733
 B  3.000  3.200  3.400
 B-  2.667  2.867  3.067
 C+  2.333  2.533  2.733
 C  2.000  2.000  2.200
 C-  1.667  1.667  1.667
 D+  1.333  1.333  1.333
 D  1.000  1.000  1.000
 D-  0.667  0.667  0.667
 F  0.000  0.000  0.000

 

PSEO Resources:

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=124D.09

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/fam/dual/pseo/ (Includes Transportation/Mileage Reimbursement Program information & form)

http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/305p1.html

http://readysetgo.state.mn.us/RSG/index.html