College Credit While in High School

In today's global economy, students must be well-prepared for the demands of college and the workplace. Pillager High School provides support to assist students as they transition from middle school to high school and into an increasingly wide array of postsecondary options.  Each of the options is described below.  For questions on any of these resources please contact:

Emily Shea
Career Advisor
*Emily is available on the Pillager campus on Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 am-3:15 pm.  Emily's office is located in the Middle School across from room 353.

Sue Turner
School Counselor, Grades 9-12
Phone:  (218) 746-3557

Pillager High School partners with Central Lakes College to offer the following college credit courses to our high school students.  Students who successfully complete these courses generate both high school and college credit from the partnering postsecondary institution.  Some of the courses are offered on a rotating yearly basis.

Intro to Literature
Concepts of Biology
Composition I & II
Calculus I
Intro to Sociology
Science Fiction Literature
College Algebra
Introduction to Business
General Psychology
World History I & II

PSEO is a program that allows students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating post-secondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online.  Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and twelfth-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full or part-time basis; 9th and 10th graders may take one CTE (Career and Technical) PSEO course.  If they earn at least a C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.  To qualify as a 9th or 10th grader in a CTE course, students must have met the standards in Reading and Math.

Sophomores and Juniors interested in attending CLC for the 2019-2020 school year should see Mrs. Turner at the beginning of March 2019 to start the application process.  The deadline to register for PSEO is May 31, 2019. In order to go PSEO as a junior and senior student need the following:

1.  3.0 cumulative GPA for junior students.

2.  2.5 cumulative GPA for senior students.

3.  Must fill out a CLC application form and a PSEO application form (applications can be picked up with Mrs. Turner)

4.  Students must register and meet the cut scores on the Accuplacer exam for Reading and Math.  Cut scores are set by CLC.

5.  Registration for the fall semester for new PSEO students begins in April.

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a College Board program that allows students to accelerate their education by earning college credit by taking a computer-based test of their knowledge.  Learning can be done through general academic instruction, independent study, extracurricular work or volunteerism.  The time and money saved can be significant.  Check with the postsecondary institution of your choice for their most recent CLEP credit policy.  Visit the College Board website for more information.

For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education's Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.