Talent Development and Advanced Academics
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Talent Development and Advanced Academics

Talent Development and Advanced Academics
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Why Talent Development?

Children come to school with unique strengths and talents. While some students may show a readiness for a high level of academic challenge, all students deserve and need learning opportunities that help them discover their unique interests and strengths. Our talent development model provides differentiated learning experiences to challenge and engage all students across our system, including our most advanced learners. 

How is Talent Developed?

In Minneapolis Public Schools, our vision is that all students recognize and develop their talents as a result of enrichment and appropriately challenging learning opportunities. We recognize that talent is developed through a process that begins with exposure to many areas interests, building skills and providing learning matched to the increased intellectual demand necessary for advanced achievement. Our K-12 talent development model is structured to nurture academic talent in all children through a continuum of services.

Read more about our approach to enrichment for all learners, services for advanced learners in grades kindergarten through eight, and our advanced academics opportunities in high school.


Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Notification
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to 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 postsecondary 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 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.

There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.