613 - College Credit Courses Policy

 

PACT Charter School

Original Creation Date: June 16, 2015
Last Approved By: PACT Charter School Board of Directors
Last Approved Date: July 11, 2023
Year Reviewed: 2023-2024


PURPOSE 

To define available college credit options for PACT secondary students in grades 9-12 who qualify for Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), College in the Schools (CIS), and/or Advanced Placement (AP). 

 

POLICY STATEMENT 

PACT Charter School encourages students to take advantage of receiving college credit through the multiple avenues available. 

 

PROGRAMS 

PSEO, CIS, and AP courses promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide expanded course options. PACT students can receive both high school and college credit for these courses. 

To ensure that a student has the best opportunity for success, plans must be coordinated with the School Guidance Counselor.

  1. Advanced Placement (AP): A courses are offered through the College Board at the PACT Charter School campus and taught by qualified PACT teachers. Students must meet a final exam score to receive college credit. Each college or university decides what AP credit(s) to accept. 
  2. College in the Schools (CIS): CIS courses are offered at the PACT Charter School campus and taught by qualified PACT teachers through a Minnesota-accredited college or university. 
  3. Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO): The PSEO program is offered through participating Minnesota postsecondary institutions, either on-campus or online, per MN Statute 124D.09. Some course restrictions may apply. Refer to the postsecondary 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 School Guidance Counselor. 

 

TRANSPORTATION 

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

PACT will reimburse low-income families for certain transportation costs incurred traveling to and from courses held on college campuses if requested by the parents or guardians. 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 post-secondary institution or from PACT to the post-secondary 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 Program. 

 

AP and CIS CURRICULUM 

The District Advisory Secondary Programming and Curriculum Committee (DAC)will discuss and approve all AP and CIS curriculum when available or

when changes are made. If the committee disapproves of the curriculum, the PACT School Board will determine whether to continue running the course. 

 

ELIGIBILITY 

Students must meet the Institution's eligibility requirements. PSEO students are responsible for inquiring about 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 communicated through PACT’s course registration materials. 

PACT will annually inform all grade 8-11 high school 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 School Guidance Counselor by the last day of school before the year the student plans to attend PSEO (May 30). PACT will inform students of any consequences due to participation in the PSEO program, but the student, not PACT, is responsible for those consequences (including ineligibility for graduation). 

All eligible students interested in CIS or AP courses should indicate their interest in these courses during course registration. 

 

MEETING PACT’s GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 

Students may take a combination of high school, PSEO, CIS, and AP courses to meet the graduation requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring they are familiar with and understand PACT’s graduation requirements and register for courses that will satisfy the required courses. PSEO students 

should refer to the PACT PSEO Transfer Credit Guide and register for courses to fulfill the required PACT courses. PSEO students should also schedule a meeting with the School Guidance Counselor to determine if their courses will meet graduation requirements. Students are required to take the equivalent of one English and one Social Studies course per year and other requirements. See Policy 604 - Graduation Requirements. 

 

CREDITS

Students receive both high school and postsecondary credit. Semester credit conversion: 

College Credits Earned 

PACT Credit Earned 

6 1.50 

5 1.25 

4 1.00 

3   .75 

2   .50 

1   .25 

Credits earned through a PSEO, CIS, or AP 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). A 3-credit course meeting the requirements of a full-year class in a subject at PACT will only transfer as 0.75 credits. Additional electives are expected to be taken to meet PACT’s graduation credit requirements. 

 

GRADES FOR COLLEGE COURSES 

Students will be graded on an A through F grading scale based on the grades they receive from the institution. If the institution awards a W, it will be recorded on the PACT transcript as W. Students receiving an “I” (or incomplete) for a class will have one week from the end of PACT’s semester or their institution’s semester (whichever comes last) to complete the class and turn in a grade. A student will receive an F for that class if a grade is not given in that set time. The School Counselor will receive final grades from the institutions. 

Due to 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 on the following scale.

 

GRADE

REGULAR

WEIGHT

HONORS

WEIGHT

CIS/PSEO/AP

WEIGHT

A

4

4.2

4.4

A-

3.667

3.876

4.067

B+

3.333

3.533

3.733

B

3

3.2

3.4

B-

2.667

2.867

3.067

C+

2.333

2.533

2.733

C

2

2

2.2

C-

1.667

1.667

1.667

D+

1.333

1.333

1.333

D

1

1

1

D-

0.667

0.667

0.667

F

0

0

0

Contact Us

PACT Charter School | District Office
7250 East Ramsey Parkway NW
Ramsey, MN 55303 

PACT Charter School | Elementary Campus
7250 East Ramsey Parkway NW
Ramsey, MN 55303 

PACT Charter School | Secondary Campus
7729 - 161st Avenue Northwest
Ramsey, MN 55303 

Main phone line: 763-712-4200
Fax: 763-712-4201
Fax: 763-374-0665 (students records)

Absence: attendance@pactcharter.org

MAP & DIRECTIONS

School Hours

Elementary Campus
8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

Secondary Campus
8:00 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. 

Office Hours

School Days
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Non-School Fridays
7:30 a.m. - Noon

School Breaks
Closed

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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