Essay Post-Secondary Education and College in the Schools Options

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Another option offered by Minnesota high schools is a post-secondary enrollment option. This option is comprised of two programs offered to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors: the Post-Secondary Education Option (PSEO) and College in the Schools (CIS). These programs are administered by the Minnesota Department of Education and offer high school students to enroll in college courses while still attending high school. The PSEO program allows the students to attend a local college or university that has been approved to be offered to high school students. The College in the Schools option allows high school students to take the college level course from a certified high school teacher. In this option however the high school…show more content…
In perspective of students from underrepresented populations, the numbers are much lower in comparison the number of students participating in the AP course program. However, among concurrent and post-secondary enrollment options the number of low-income students rose 40% from the previous school year, while white student participation percentages remains stagnant ("Postsecondary enrollment options," 2012). This is a state funded program, with affiliated state colleges and universities from which the college credit is earned, which is very beneficial for those who do not have the financial support to attend college. Other benefits to these programs are they allow students to complete a “trial run” of college classes to determine if this is part of their career path without exhausting personal finances. These courses also give students exposure to the high academic expectations associated with college-level work, allow them to find new challenges, and give them momentum to pursue a college degree by awarding them college credits before they graduate high school.
International Baccalaureate The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a diploma program that is comprised of a comprehensive two year curriculum prior to attending a college or university. It is offered in high schools around the world, and is based from a nonprofit educational organization from Switzerland. The
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