High School Programming & Opportunities

Each 833 High School offers choice-based programs of study that allows for students to access rigorous and challenging coursework.  Please see the High School Program of Studies for further detail about opportunities at each High School. 

Comparison of AP, PSEO, IB, and College in the Schools (U of M-TC) Courses

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Through the College Board in Advanced Placement Examinations, students have the opportunity to be credited for their academic achievement in many fields of study. District 833 provides testing sites each May for AP exams and offers many AP courses that prepare students for success on the exams. Students who score high on AP exams often receive credit or advanced standing upon college admission. The district encourages students and parents to consider these courses and exams and other opportunities for rigorous academic achievement. East Ridge, Park and Woodbury High Schools all offer AP courses.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program available at Park HS

The International Baccalaureate Program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. . The IB curriculum represents the best from many different countries rather than the system of any one.  Students may take individual IB courses and earn potential college credits throughout high school. The IB Diploma Program for students in their Junior and Senior year, is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification. The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond.  The challenging Diploma Program assessment is recognized by the world's leading universities. IB maintains high standards by actively training and supporting teachers, and by authorizing and evaluating IB World Schools in the United States and countries across the world.

Project Lead the Way 

Project Lead the Way is centered around the idea of bringing practical application to students while their opinions about careers and interests are still forming. PLTW's classroom instruction, generally one-third theory and two-thirds application, gives students meaningful, hands-on experience in problem-solving, teamwork, and project-based learning. PLTW has developed a 4-year sequence of courses which, when combined with (but not in place of) college preparatory math and science in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline in the areas of engineering and biomedical technology prior to entering college. Engineering course information is located within the Technology Department section of this handbook, and biomedical technology course information is located within the Science Department section.

College in the Schools CIS at East Ridge and Woodbury HS

College in the Schools gives students direct experience with the pace, academic standards and individual responsibility inherent in college education. These courses are actual University of MN courses taken at Woodbury High School and the students earn University of MN course credit.

Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) allows Minnesota high school juniors and seniors to enroll in courses of participating MN colleges with tuition, fees and books paid for by the state. Students who complete PSEO courses earn credit toward high school graduation. They earn college credit if they later decide to enroll in the college in which they complete the PSEO courses. Many colleges also accept transfer PSEO credits. PSEO is a popular choice for students who wish to take advantage of courses in subject areas or levels not offered in high school. All students interested in this program must register for a full high school schedule and then make appointments with their school counselors during February. This opportunity is available at all 833 high schools.

Additional Opportunities

American Mathematics Competition 

The AMC 10 is a 25 question, 75 minute multiple choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with algebra and geometry concepts. The AMC 12 is a 25 question, 75 minute multiple choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts. Two different versions of the contests are given on two dates, about two weeks apart, in February. Each AMC 10 and the AMC 12 contest contain about 12 of the same math problems.

If your student would like to participate in this opportunity, please contact:

East Ridge HS - Rick Sullivan 425-2434 or rsulliva@sowashco.org

Park HS - Stacy Paleen 425-5789 or spaleen@sowashco.org

Woodbury HS – Paul Wisdorf 425-5428 or cwisdorf@sowashco.org

Career Internship at East Ridge and Woodbury HS

Career Internships serve seniors with identified career objectives and employable skills by providing school-to-work transition experiences. Students in the program are given opportunities to be placed in and receive credit for jobs within the community. A related occupational course accompanies the internship. Check for more information in the course descriptions under Business Education and Family and Consumer Science. An additional application is required.

Century College Concurrent Enrollment (CCCE) Model

CCCE are college credit courses taught by Century College Instructors and they follow the Century College Calendar and time schedule. These courses do not follow the regular time block schedules. Exact meeting times and dates will be confirmed in April. High school staff and students will be notified of the schedule when it is established. (STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION.) An additional application is required.

Century College Articulation Program at Woodbury HS

Some Business, FACS and Technology Education courses are designed with the Century College articulation Program. College credit through Century College may be earned by registering and successfully completing specific course requirements.

College Level Examination Proficiency (CLEP)

CLEP provides students the opportunity to demonstrate college level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. Your school counselor has additional information.

Honors Mentor Connection

The Mentor Connection is a learning opportunity for highly motivated, academically sound, high school juniors and seniors. After sufficient preparation, the student is placed with a mentor in an academic or industrial environment who is willing to involve the student in appropriate hands-on learning. For more information contact the Counseling and Career Center.

Independent Study Projects

Students may design independent study projects in academic areas, subject to approval of the building principal, the department chairperson, and the teacher involved. The purpose of independent study is to provide opportunities for highly motivated students to progress beyond the scope of the standard course offerings and to become involved in an intensive study of interest. An application is required.

Minnesota Scholars of Distinction

A program supported through a state legislative appropriation, the Scholars of Distinction nurtures and recognizes distinguished achievement by highly motivated students. Visit the Scholars of Distinction website for more information and application details regarding the Applied Geography, Mathematics, Leadership, Science and Theater Arts programs.

Northeast Metro (Intermediate School District 916)

Northeast Metro Technical College provides a wide range of course offerings to juniors and seniors who wish to explore career options in business, health, public services and technology by integrating academic learning with technical education. The district provides transportation to this program, but students must provide transportation to satellite programs. Students interested in this program must register for a full high school schedule. A separate brochure of course offerings and an application are available through the school counselors.

Northern Star Online Courses

Northern Star Online is a collaborative of Minnesota independent school districts and educational service agencies working together to deliver online courses. All online courses are taught by licensed Minnesota

teachers who receive extensive training in the use of online instructional tools, and development and delivery methods. Northern Star Online course work offers the same rigorous student-centered curriculum as oncampus course--only the environment is different. Northern Star Online courses have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education under the Online Learning Options Act of 2003. Please meet with your guidance counselor prior to pursuing Northern Star Online options. 

Weighted Grading

Students taking classes in Advanced Placement, College-in-the-Schools and International Baccalaureate have weighted grades using a 1.2 multiplier.