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High School Advanced Academics

Welcome to the MPS High School Advanced Academics Page!  

This page is designed to give you information about all of the programs available to Minneapolis students that have the potential to be college credit bearing.  Programs and course offerings vary by school so be sure to connect with your school's Advanced Academic Coordinator for school specific information and registration questions.

Please click the link below to see the full list of course offerings at each high school: 

Course Offerings by school for 2020-2021 school year


Concurrent/Dual Enrollment (CE)/ College in the Schools (CIS):

MPS currently partners with the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities (College in the Schools - CIS), Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Normandale Community College, Century College and Mankato State University to offer MPS students the opportunity to take college courses during the school day.  Students have the opportunity to:

  • Experience the faster pace and increased rigor of college-level coursework;
  • Access college/university-level library and research resources;
  • Earn free college credits that are highly transferrable;
  • Demonstrate learning on multiple and varied assessments, throughout the course, rather than on a single, high-stakes test.

Concurrent enrollment courses offered in Minneapolis*:

University Writing                        Writing Studio                    Introductory Statistics    
Introduction to Literature             Applied Economics            Applied Intermediate Algebra                
Political Science                         Physics by Inquiry              Entrepreneurship
Global America: US History        Intermediate German        Introduction to Business
Intermediate French                   Beginning Japanese          Foundations of Fitness & Health    
Beginning Modern Chinese        First Aid and CPR              Small Business Management
Health Care Core Curriculum     Spanish Composition         

*School specific course offerings vary- see Course Offerings by school for 2020-2021 school year for information about your school's current offerings.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB Diploma Programme (DP), for 11th and 12th grade students, is an academically challenging program of study designed to give students an opportunity to aquire the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in courses necessary for success in college and life beyond. Students earning a score of 4 or higher in an IB DP course may earn college credit and/or advanced placement into college coursework. Any student attending an authorized IB school may choose to enroll in IB Diploma Programme courses.

IB DP courses currently offered include:

IB English: Literature                              IB English: Language & Literature
IB Math Studies                                      IB Literature and Performance
IB Mathematics                                       IB Business and Management
IB Biology                                                IB Sports, Exercise and Health Services
IB Physics                                               IB History
IB Chemistry                                           IB Visual Arts
IB Music                                                  IB Theatre Arts
IB Film                                                     IB Dance
IB French                                                IB Spanish
IB Chinese                                              IB Arabic
IB Japanese                                            IB Psychology
IB Global Politics                                     IB Environmental Systems and Societies  

The IB Diploma Career-related Programme (CP), for students aged 16-19, incorporates the educational principles, vision and learner profile of the IB into a unique offering that specifically addresses the needs of students who wish to engage in career and technical education.  Students undertaking this course of study:

  • Take a minimum of two IB DP courses;
  • Complete a reflective project;
  • Begin or extend the study of a foreign language;
  • Complete a CTE program of study.

Upon completion of these requirements students may qualify for college credit and/or achieve professional certification.*  

Advanced Placement:

The College Board’s Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both — while still in high school. AP Exams are given each year in May. A score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam may earn a student college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.*  AP Exams are typically taken at the end of a one year course specifically designed to address the objectives published in the course and exam description by the College Board.

MPS currently offers a total of 15 different AP courses in grades 9-12. AP courses being offered include:

AP Statistics                                   AP Literature and Composition
AP AB Calculus                              AP Language and Composition
AP BC Calculus                              AP Human Geography
AP Biology                                      AP Psychology
AP Physics                                      AP European History
AP Environmental Science              AP U.S. Government
AP Spanish Language & Culture     AP World History
AP Studio Art