Advanced and College-Level Courses

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is sponsored by the College Board, which develops courses and administers advanced tests that help students develop the intellectual skills and self-discipline they need to do well in college, while they are still in high school. The curricula for these classes are the same as those taught on a college campus; therefore, it is important that students understand that an AP course is significantly more difficult than a high school course. Students are required to do considerable outside reading and other assignments and to demonstrate the analytical skills and writing abilities expected of first year students in a strong college program.

In May, students can take a national test that measures their knowledge in the areas they studied during the year. If the students score high enough, they will receive college credit at over 3,000 institutions nationwide. While the amount and type of credit you receive depends on the college you attend, most will allow you to skip basic courses and around half will allow you to start as a sophomore if you passed enough AP classes.

Students who are highly motivated and who meet course prerequisites are recommended to take AP courses and examinations. AP courses offered at Sibley include AP Language and Composition, AP Calculus (AB), AP Calculus (BC), AP Statistics, AP Computer Science, AP Music Theory, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Physics Mechanics C, AP Psychology, AP US History, AP World History, AP Economics Macro and AP Economics Micro.

College in the Schools (CIS) is a concurrent enrollment partnership between the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and School District 197. CIS delivers U of M courses to high-achieving students in their own high schools. Selected high school teachers are appointed as affiliated U of M faculty and receive ongoing, continuous professional development from U of M faculty. CIS courses are offered in Physics by Inquiry, Algebra Thru Model, German III, German IV, French IV, and French V. Concurrent Enrollment courses are offered in Spanish IV-CE and Spanish V-CE through MN State University, Mankato.

Project Lead the Way courses at Henry Sibley include Introduction to Engineering Design, Principals of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level courses. With traditional PSEO, these courses are generally offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Postsecondary institutions are not allowed to charge PSEO students for tuition, textbooks or support services. Students may be charged for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed. Students may also use school computers and Wi-Fi for PSEO courses.

Most PSEO courses are only open to high school students during their 11th- and 12th-grade year, with each participating college and university setting their own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses and programs. Students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis, beginning in their 11th-grade year of high school. 

Many two- and four-year colleges and universities in Minnesota offer online courses and some of them offer online degrees and certificates. Through the wide array of online courses offered in Minnesota higher education, it is possible for PSEO students in our state to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements and/or other courses that could result in an award in addition to their high school diploma. Learn more