Academics

Essential Planning and Registration Information

Each year the registration process begins with the posting of the revised “Program of Studies and continues with student and parent meetings, followed by online registration. Students and parents are encouraged to review all information in each of the links under the academics tab and to register online at home, using the registration instructions. The opening and closing days and times for the registration tab on the Infinite Campus portal and parent meeting dates and times are posted on the high school calendars and websites. Paper copies of all curriculum and registration information listed on the website are available upon request by contacting the Dean’s office or LinK12 Lakeville Online Lead Instructor. Additionally, any student unable to register at home will be assisted in completing registration at school.

Basic Registration Instructions 2017-2018

 

Program of Studies

The curriculum guide for Lakeville high schools is entitled, “Program of Studies”. Included in this joint document for Lakeville North, Lakeville South and LinK12 Lakeville Online is an overview of each curricular area and descriptions of all courses offered in each area.   Parents and students are encouraged to review this document and all accompanying information to assist in planning an educational program and accounting for student’s completion of credits for graduation. While parents and students are primarily responsible for assuring students meet all requirements for graduation, Deans and the LinK12 Lakeville Online Lead Instructor are available to assist, support, and provide guidance in the process.

 

Instructional Delivery and Location

Each course in the Program of Studies lists instructional delivery method and location. Before choosing a course, students should be sure to review if the course is taught face-to-face, hybrid (part time face-to-face and part time online) or fully online. Additionally, because all students are able to take courses at Lakeville North, Lakeville South, the MNCAPS location, or through LinK12 Lakeville Online, students should carefully check the location of the course offering.

 

Credit Check

A document entitled, “Credit Check”, is a one page summary of all requirements for each class designated by year of graduation. The credit check illustrates the forty-four semester credits needed by curricular area, the career portfolio activities to be completed in grades 9-12, and the standardized testing requirements for graduation. Students must meet all the essential components in order to earn a diploma and participate in graduation ceremonies.

 

 

Course Selection Form

Another document created to assist in registration for classes is entitled, “Course Selection Form”. The course selection forms include a list of all courses available by grade level. For instance, the 9th grade course selection form lists all required courses and all electives available to freshman. Please note, it is important to read each course description in the Program of Studies as there are prerequisites for many courses. This form is distributed to all students and is available online during registration.

Grade 9 Course Selection Form

 

Grade 10 Course Selection Form

 

Grades 11 and 12 Course Selection Form

 

Career/Postsecondary Planning

In addition to meeting the requirements for graduation, students are encouraged to register for classes that are academically appropriate for future education or entering the workforce after high school. Students wishing to go to four year colleges are strongly recommended to register for Advanced Placement courses and core courses required for admission. Statistics clearly indicate students who take core classes (English, social studies, math and science) all four years will have improved test scores, which may be the difference in obtaining admission at the post-secondary school of choice. Students wishing to attend technical colleges or enter the workforce are encouraged to look at the many elective offerings in the area most closely associated with their career goals, and to review possible dual credit or articulated credit options. Students and parents are highly encouraged to also review a document entitled, “Career Pathway Guide” to view various high school courses associated with career paths.

 

Course Requests

Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 semester long courses per year. All courses are offered on a semester-long basis except for select LNHS Business Academy courses. When students register, they are required to indicate alternate choices for electives. Due to space limitations and schedule conflicts, it is extremely important for students to list alternate choices. Courses will only be offered when warranted by enrollment and when appropriate staff is available.

Other Considerations

Students who intend to participate in athletics at a Division I or Division II college as a freshman must meet the eligibility requirements established the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Eligibility requirements may be obtained through the Deans’ office or Activities/Athletics website.

Credit Attainment and Schedule Expectations

All courses are offered on a semester-long basis except for LNHS Business Academy courses. Students receive .5 credit upon successful completion of a semester-long course. Transfer grades (from other high schools, college classes, University of Minnesota Talented Youth Math Program, home school, accelerated learning, online school, etc) will be reviewed by the Dean of Students to determine credit placement. Transfer grades will be used to compute cumulative GPA (grade point average) and class rank. Any student choosing to take more than 50% of their courses online through LinK12 Lakeville Online will be a LinK12 Lakeville Online student.

 

Schedule changes are based on need and availability of courses. Students have three days after the start of the semester to request schedule corrections. Exceptions may be made at the Dean’s discretion if special needs or other factors exist. Students are expected to remain enrolled in six courses each semester. If a special circumstance occurs, a student has the first twenty school days of a semester to withdraw from a course. Beyond twenty days, any course withdrawal will be recorded as a “W” on the student’s record and will negatively affect the student’s GPA.

Any student failing a required course or withdrawing before the end of the semester must repeat the semester course to receive credit. Any student maintaining fewer than five courses per semester is subject to dismissal for the remainder of the semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduation Requirements

Credit Requirements                      Number of Semesters

Arts                                                            2

Electives                                                  13

English Language Arts                              8

Math                                                          6

PE/Health                                                  2

Science                                                      6

Social Studies                                            7

            Total                                             44

 

Standardized Testing Requirements

The State of Minnesota is currently revising its graduation assessment requirements. Students are currently required to take Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments in reading (grade 10) and math (grade 11). Students are not required to achieve a specified score on an assessment in order to meet graduation assessment requirements. The Minnesota Department of Education is currently developing a College and Career Readiness Assessment. In the interim, Lakeville High Schools will continue to provide assessments as directed by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Career Portfolio Requirements

Minnesota Department of Education requires all school districts to participate in Planning for Students Successful Transition to Postsecondary and Employment. Legislation requires all students, starting in grade nine to have a “plan” around seven key elements: academic scheduling, career exploration, 21st century skills, community partnerships, college access, all forms of postsecondary training, and experiential learning opportunities.

The Lakeville Area Public Schools Career Portfolio requires each student to complete specific career investigation activities in grades 9 – 12.  The sequence of activities is intended to provide a comprehensive experience in career exploration enabling students to pursue a lifelong career which best matches their talents, abilities, and interests. Students create a portfolio on the Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS), an Internet-based system, which combines a wealth of career, educational and labor market information into one comprehensive, easy-to-use exploration tool.

 

Grade 9

Opportunities Day: MCIS Personal Learning Plan and elective fair

 

Grade 10

Opportunities Day: MCIS activities including career investigation seminar and on-site college and career fair

 

Grade 11

ASVAB TestMultiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success (LNHS)

Opportunities Day: Post-secondary visits to technical schools, colleges, academies, universities or business/industry

Career Jamboree: Investigation of career areas via interviews with professional and business representatives. Organized by the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce.

Junior Meeting: Post-secondary planning meeting

 

Grade 12

Opportunities Day: Senior job shadow designed for students to gain valuable information about chosen career area

Senior Interview: Provides the student an opportunity to refine interviewing skills

 

Early Graduation

Students may be considered for early graduation if they have successfully met all requirements, including Lakeville High School credit requirements, State of Minnesota testing requirements, and Career Portfolio requirements. Students considering early graduation should meet with their Dean of Students or the LinK12 Lakeville Online Lead Teacher well in advance of their proposed semester of early graduation to discuss options and procedures.

 

Commencement

Students who have not fulfilled all graduation requirements are not eligible to participate in the ISD 194 commencement ceremony.

Senior academic honors recognition is awarded according to the following criteria:

Summa Cum Laude               =                     4.0 and above GPA

Magna Cum Laude                 =                    3.85 – 3.99 GPA

Cum Laude                             =                     3.7 – 3.84 GPA

Honors recognition will be determined by using the cumulative GPA for each senior at the end of the first semester senior year.

 

Lakeville Diploma

Students who choose to take more than 50% of their classes through LinK12 Lakeville Online will earn a diploma from Lakeville North or Lakeville South High School. The school from which the diploma is earned is predetermined when a student enters the LinK12 Lakeville Online program.

Academic Options At A Glance

 

Option Explanation Advantages Considerations
AP Advanced Placement

www.collegeboard.org

College-level course taught in high school.

More rigorous coursework.

Nationally based program offered through College Board.

 

May earn college credit

Challenges students.

Weighted grading.

Post secondary schools determine AP score they will accept for credit.

Requires above average reading, writing, math skills.

Articulated Credit Students receive high school credit and certificates for the number of credits they successfully complete in certain business, family and consumer science, and industrial technology courses. Students pay only for the number of college credits not covered by the certificate at the cooperating college.

Gain experience & knowledge for potential job/career

Verify that credits will transfer to college of choice.

Provide articulated credit certificate to accepting colleges during registration.

AVID College preparatory program for students who are in the academic middle Develop college readiness skills.

Learn organizational & study skills

May earn college credit.

4 years of high school elective credit

Application & interview required

CLEP : College Level Examination Program

https://clep.collegeboard.org

Demonstrate college-level achievement through exams in undergraduate coursework. May earn college credit.

Accelerate education by earning qualifying scores on any of the 33 introductory-

level college subject exams.

Recommended for academically strong students.

90 minute exams, cost varies, cost incurred by the family.

Concurrent Enrollment Students earn “dual” high school credits and transcripted college credits simultaneously by demonstrating college level achievement in courses taught at the high school. College curriculum integrated into high school course.

There is no cost to the student.

Credits accepted at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and may be accepted by other institutions.

Students must have a 3.0 GPA or be in the top 5% of the class and must be in 11th or 12th grade to obtain college credit for the College Now program.

Students may appeal requirements if there are

extenuating circumstances.

Students must earn a B or better in the class, a score of 4 or higher on an end of course exam and then submit a $100 registration fee to earn college credit for Project Lead the Way courses.

Credit By Assessment Student may demonstrate outcomes for any course at high school and earn credit for the course. Transcript shows the credit earned and a course grade of A, A-, B+ or B.

Tests knowledge student already possesses.

Successful assessment gives student more schedule options.

Assessment represents content included in subject coursework.

Application required.

Credit/No Credit Students may earn credit for a course without having the course affect their GPA or class rank if a passing mark is achieved Students explore interests in subjects in which they may not be willing to risk getting a low grade. Application required

Students take all tests, turn in all regular class work – only the final mark is a “P” (60% or higher) or “F” (below 60%)

Credits Obtained From Other Institutions Students may transfer credits from colleges or online high schools as pre-approved by Dean/MN Dept of Education.

Course must be equivalent or beyond Lakeville Public Schools course sequence.

May earn college credit

May be more rigorous coursework

May provide online learning experience.

Appointment with the Dean should be made well in advance to review.

There may be a fee incurred by the family.

Credit Recovery Designed for students who must recover credits to graduate Allows students to maintain status and graduate with their class.

Courses offered during the day and after regular school hours through the Pathways Program.

Students must meet eligibility criteria

Courses offered are English, social studies, science, math and some electives.

Hybrid Courses Part time face to face instruction (seminar)

Part time independent online learning activities.

Main platform is Schoology with multiple digital tools utilized.

 

21st century skill development.

Preparation for possible online college courses.

Enhances technology skills.

Recommended for students who are self-motivated and have good time management skills.

Students who do not have access to technology at home will be provided access to technology tools and provided a time and space to complete work.

High School Online Courses Students do not have face- to- face instruction.

Instruction and course materials are found on Schoology.

Digital tools include email, chat, discussion boards, web pages and multimedia technologies.

21st Century skill development

Preparation for possible online college courses

Enhances technology skills

Allow for flexible scheduling.

Recommended for students who are self-motivated and have good time management skills.

Students who do not have access to technology at home will be provided access to technology tools and provided a time and space to complete work.

It would be beneficial for   students to have access to their own technology.

Independent Study Design a study project in an academic area of interest.

Study topic is student’s responsibility and facilitated by a teacher.

Credit is offered on a pass/fail basis.

Provides greater opportunities for highly motivated students to progress beyond the scope of standard course offerings. Recommended for highly motivated, academically strong students.

Application required.

LinK12 Online Instructional delivery 100% online.

Main platform is Blackboard.

Part-time or full-time.

Individualized   learning.

Allows for flexible scheduling.

21st century skill development.

Recommended for self-directed independent learners.
Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MNCAPS) Profession-based learning experience.

Medicine & Healthcare Pathway.

Business Pathway

Technology & Design Pathway.

Students spend part of the day at their high school and part at the MNCAPS locations.

Fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems.

Project based, hands on learning.

Involved with industry experts.

May obtain college credits.

Courses fulfill required courses (including electives)

Application required.

Must provide own transportation.

Participation begins in grade 11.

Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

 

Allows juniors/seniors to enroll at participating colleges with tuition, books, fees paid by state of Minnesota

* Sophomores may participate on a limited basis

 

Earn high school and college credit at college where PSEO coursework is taken

PSEO credits may transfer to other postsecondary institutions Some PSEO courses are offered online

 

Must meet criteria established by post secondary school

Grades are not weighted

Must provide own transportation

Funds are available to pay transportation expenses for qualifying students.

 

Rigorous Course Waiver

 

Basic state standards can be waived by taking courses with higher level of rigor

 

Allows students to take additional courses

More rigorous course work

 

Students need to look at four year plan

 

Secondary Credit in Middle School

 

Secondary course credit granted for successful completion of any high school course (excluding Algebra 1 in 8th grade)

 

The grade/credit will be reflected on the high school transcript and will be part of the grade point average and class rank

 

Students should see the gifted and talented coordinator at the middle school

 

 


Academic Options

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students may take Advanced Placement (AP) courses for an opportunity to receive college credit. Students must achieve a score of a 3, 4 or 5 on the AP test given in the spring to be considered for college credit. However, each college makes a determination whether or not they will accept the credits. These courses are designated throughout the Program of Studies. Generally, Minnesota state colleges accept the credit.

The AP program is sponsored by College Board, a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing, inspiring, and connecting students to college. The College Board writes and administers advanced tests and studies in almost 40 subjects from Art to Statistics. These tests, representative of freshman level college knowledge on that subject, form the basis of what is studied in AP courses. Currently, Lakeville offers 23 AP courses with the intent of challenging students and to better prepare them for college. Each May, students take a national test that measures their knowledge in the areas they studied during the year. If the students score high enough, they will receive college credit at over 4,000 institutions nationwide. Close to 2.2 million students in the US took an AP course last year at one of the 19,000 high schools that offer this option.

Test Registration

Registration for the AP exams occurs in April. Students who wish to take any AP test in May will receive registration information in the AP class and will register online. Each year the state pays part of the College Board exam fee, and the remainder is paid by the student. If a student is taking multiple tests, a separate payment is required for each test. Due to the test-ordering deadline, late registrations will not be accepted. The registration payment is non-refundable after the deadline. Testing dates are predetermined by College Board.

Weighted Grades

Advanced Placement course GPA points equals standard grades points plus one. For example: Letter grade “A” = 5.0

Articulated Credit

Articulated credit is a way of earning credit at the high school level and college level at the same time. Certain courses taken at the high school in the Business, Family and Consumer Science and Industrial Technology departments are eligible for articulated credit. Eligible courses are identified in the individual course descriptions. Students will receive credit certificates for the number of credits they successfully complete. Some certificates are for partial credit for a college course. When students enroll in the course at college, they will only need to pay for the number of credits not covered by the certificate. The college makes the determination on all credit allocations.

 

 

AVID

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program to prepare students who are in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.

The AVID program is offered at both Lakeville North and Lakeville South all four years of high school. Students are admitted into this program by application only. Some courses may earn college credit. Contact your Dean for more information.

The AVID Elective – Students are enrolled in rigorous classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement, and in the AVID elective. For one period a day, students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. The AVID curriculum is driven by the writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading method (WICOR). The specialized curriculum is used in AVID elective classes and in content-area classes.

The AVID Student – AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is the title for a College Board program that allows students to earn college credit by demonstrating their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects.  Costs for the exams vary and costs are incurred by the family. For additional information go to clep.collegeboard.org

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment allows qualified high school students to earn college credit in their high school during the regular school day. Several programs are currently offered: College Now through Southwest Minnesota State University for AP Chemistry at Lakeville South High School, Project Lead the Way though St. Cloud State University for Honors Principles of Biomedical Science at Lakeville North High School, AVID courses through Normandale, and various MNCAPS courses through Normandale and Hennepin Technical College. Transferability of these credits to other post-secondary institutions is not guaranteed.

Classes are taught by qualified high school teachers and supervised by college faculty members. There is no cost to the student for these courses, providing an outstanding opportunity for students to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time and jump starting their college careers without incurring additional debt.  There are criteria established by each concurrent enrollment program such as earning a minimum grade in the course, or a certain score on an end of course exam, or paying a fee for application, that need to be met in order for the credit to be transcripted at the college level.

Credit by Assessment

Students can receive credit for any course offered by the district in any subject area if the student is able to demonstrate the outcomes for the course. If the student completes the assessment process in a satisfactory manner, the student’s transcript will show the credit earned and a course grade of A, A-, B+ or B. Depending on the course, students may earn a semester credit, a full year credit, or in the case of a full-year course, a student could be given credit for just one of the semesters.

Credit by Assessment Procedure:

1) Student requests application from Dean’s Office (or downloads from website), obtains parent signature and meets

with Dean

2) Student meets with the department chair to obtain materials and establish assessment plan

3) Student brings the form with assessment plan back to the Dean’s Office to be copied and filed

4) Student independently studies and/or completes materials needed for assessment

5) Assessment is completed or materials presented for evaluation

6) Credit is awarded if assessment results in a grade of B or higher (83%)

7) A letter grade is awarded (not pass/fail)

Notes:

  • Resources are provided. Tutoring, instruction or remediation is not provided.
  • Assessment procedures may include paper and pencil tests, portfolios, demonstration of skills,    and production of materials or other such methods as agreed upon by the department chair or designated instructor and the student.
  • Students may not complete credit by assessment for any course in which they have received a passing grade
  • Upon completion of credit by assessment student has three choices:
  • Credit by Assessment grade for high school credit is placed on transcript (in accordance with  State of Minnesota Statute)
  • Student may choose to take the course and have the grade earned in the class placed on the transcript
  • Student may reattempt the credit by assessment process with a plan in place for relearning
  • Credit by assessment is offered January, May, and August and needs to be completed prior to the start of a semester.

Credit/No Credit

Students may take one credit per semester on a credit/no credit basis. This option is to encourage students to explore interests in subjects in which they may not be willing to risk getting a low grade. Any student who is interested in taking a course on a credit/no credit basis should discuss arrangements with his/her parents(s), Dean and teacher. Forms are available in the Dean’s or Student Services Office.   The deadline for submitting the request to the Dean’s Office is prior to the end of 1st quarter for first semester requests and/or prior to the end of 3rd quarter for second semester requests.            

  • Students who are preparing for a career where this course is a prerequisite should take the course and be graded under the conventional system.
  • Students must realize that once they sign up for this grading option, they cannot change grading systems (back to an “A” – “F” grading system) during the course.
  • All students requesting the Credit/No Credit grading system in a course will continue to take all tests, turn in all regular class work, and receive grades along with other students. Only the final mark is a “P” or “F”.
  • Students should complete the form, obtain parent approval, teacher approval, and bring this form to the Deans’ Office. For year-long courses, the Credit/No Credit option must be requested each semester the student desires to take the Credit/No Credit option.
  • If a student earns 60% or higher, the course will not be in computations determining the student’s grade point average or class rank. If a student fails the class, (below 60%), the F grade will be calculated in the grade point average.
  • If a student receives a D- or higher, they receive credit for the course. The credit will count toward meeting graduation requirements.
  • Attention student-athletes: NCAA assigns a 1.0 or the equivalent of a “D” for any course taken under the Credit/No Credit (pass/fail) grading option.

 

Credits Obtained From Other Institutions

The district must be notified prior to the student taking any course in order for it to be considered for future high school credit attainment. The course must be equivalent or beyond Lakeville Area Public Schools course sequence. The course description and syllabus may be requested for review. Students must meet with their Dean prior to registering for the course.

Credit Recovery

The Pathways program is designed for students that need to recover credits in order to graduate. This allows students to maintain status and graduate with their class. Courses are offered during the day and after regular school hours. Students must meet eligibility criteria in order to enroll. Courses offered are English, social studies, science, math & some electives.

 

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses include face to face instruction in the classroom part of the time and independent online learning activities the remainder of the time. These courses meet the same Minnesota State Standards and Lakeville Essential Learnings as traditional courses.   Schoology is the educational platform used to host the courses. Hybrid courses allow students to experience an online course and develop digital learning skills. Courses that will be offered in the hybrid format are designated throughout the Program of Studies and on the Course Selection Form. Students taking hybrid courses are permitted to leave the building during their hybrid course on non-seminar days. Students staying in the building on a non-seminar day must remain in the assigned hybrid area. Students who do not have access to technology at home will be provided access to technology tools and be provided a time and space to complete work.

High School Online Courses

Online courses are taught completely online with no face-to-face contact with the teacher. Learners access primary content and instruction from an online environment using a variety of tools including email, chat, discussion boards, web pages, and multimedia technologies. Specific technologies employed will vary by course and instructor.

Students taking online courses are permitted to leave the building during the class period in which the course is scheduled. Students staying in the building must remain in the assigned online area. Students who do not have access to technology at home will be provided access to technology tools and be provided a time and space to complete work.

Depending on the teaching style of the instructor and the course content, instruction can take place synchronously (all participants in the course log in at the same time) or asynchronously (participants log in and participate as their schedule permits), or some combination of the above.

Independent Study

Independent Study refers to a course conducted with an instructor as a mentor, enabling the student to explore a topic of interest. Independent Study provides students an opportunity to expand their expertise in a particular area, explore a topic in detail, or develop advanced skills.

Independent Study is available to seniors to earn a semester credit in a course not offered by the high school. An application is required. Upon successful completion of the Independent Study course the student will be issued a “pass” for the semester credit.

 

LinK12 Lakeville Online

LinK12 Lakeville Online is a comprehensive, statewide online school through which students can earn a Lakeville diploma. This academic option is for families and students looking for anytime, anywhere learning that includes individualized instruction, flexibility in pace and schedule, responsiveness to learning styles and self-selection of learning environment. Students who benefit from this option should be self-directed, independent learners. Even though students do their learning outside of a school building, they will receive a high quality educational experience that meets the state and local standards. Students enrolled in more than 50% of their courses through LinK12 Lakeville Online become a LinK12 Lakeville student.

 

Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MNCAPS)

The MNCAPS Medicine & Healthcare, Business, and Technology & Design Pathways allow students the opportunity to engage in real-world experiences in healthcare, business, and technology environments where they can learn and get direct exposure to future employment opportunities in these growing industries. Designed in collaboration with professionals, students will have a firm understanding of the various aspects of healthcare, business, and technology including a generalist view of the many professions available to them as prospective employees. Students will spend three periods (half a day), both semesters at the MNCAPS location, engaged in courses related to their career interests.

 

 

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)

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 PSEO courses. 11th and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis. 10th graders may take one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course. In order to be eligible, a 10th-grade student must have taken the 8th-grade MCA reading test and have met the composite proficiency level of “meets or exceeds”. If the student meets this standard, they may be eligible to enroll in CTE courses, as identified by the Minnesota State College and University System (MNSCU). Additionally there may be requirements and prerequisites for CTE courses.

Additional information to consider:

  • Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in the Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09.

 

  • PSEO credits will be awarded as 1/4 of the college credit amount (for example 4 college credits = 2 high school semester credits or 1 full year)
  • Students may earn high school credits under PSEO and do not need to have completed all high school requirements before participating in PSEO
  • Grade point average and class rank requirements for participation in PSEO vary among institutions of higher education.
  • Tuition and books or fees for items that are required to participate are provided at no cost to the student under PSEO guidelines
  • PSEO grades are not weighted
  • Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses

Students should meet with their Dean to discuss this possibility and to obtain more information. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

Rigorous Course Waiver

Students can waive basic state standards by taking courses with higher rigor. The chart below indicates which state standards specific courses can replace. The rigorous course waiver process provides students with opportunities to take additional courses while in high school.

Rigorous Course Courses to be Waived
AP Art History World History
AP Biology Biology
AP Chemistry Chemistry
AP European History World History
AP US Government & Politics Civics
AP Human Geography Geography
AP Language and AP Literature English 11, Speech, English 12, and Media Studies Elective
AP Macroeconomics Economics
AP Microeconomics Economics
AP Physics 1 Physics
AP US History US History
AP World History World History

Secondary Credit in Middle School

A middle school student who satisfactorily completes any high school course shall receive secondary course credit and the credit shall count toward the student’s graduation requirements (excluding Algebra 1 in 8th grade). The grade/credit will be reflected on the high school transcript and will be part of the grade point average and class rank.

 

Common Grading Scale

                        Lower                                   Upper

           Grade             Cutoff                                    Cutoff

A                            94%                                            100%

A-                           90%                                              93%

B+                          87%                                              89%

B                            83%                                              86%

B-                           80%                                              82%

C+                          77%                                              79%

C                            73%                                              76%

C-                           70%                                              72%

D+                           67%                                             69%

D                             63%                                             66%

D-                            60%                                             62%

F                                0%                                             59%

I                                 0.0                                              0.0

W                               0.0                                              0.0

G.P.A. and Class Rank

                         Weighted                      Non

           Grade             AP Classes                 Weighted        

A                5.0                                  4.0

A-               4.7                                  3.7

B+              4.3                                  3.3

B                4.0                                  3.0

B-               3.7                                  2.7

C+              3.3                                  2.3

C                3.0                                  2.0

C-               2.7                                  1.7

D+              2.3                                   1.3

D                2.0                                   1.0

D-               1.7                                   0.7

 

How to Figure GPA:

1) Add point values for classes.

2) Divide by the number of classes marked.

Class rank is determined by the numerical comparison of class members’ cumulative GPA’s. Class rank and grade point average are calculated on the basis of credits earned. PSEO and University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP) grades are reflected on the transcript. PSEO, UMTYMP and concurrent credit grades are not weighted but are calculated into GPA and class rank. Honors courses are not weighted. Only Advanced Placement courses are weighted.

Credits transferred (from another high school or any accredited institution) may be credited toward state and district graduation requirements. Disclosure of students’ relevant high school academic records, wherever their credits have been earned, will be provided by Lakeville High Schools to post-secondary institutions to the extent permitted by Minnesota law.

All transferred classes/credits entered on the student’s transcript will be counted in the cumulative grade point average and class rank.

Incomplete Grades: Students who, for acceptable reasons (e.g. illness, family emergency), receive an incomplete mark (“I”) at the end of the quarter/semester will have two weeks to complete the work required. After the two week period, the grade will be issued. Exceptions may be granted when special circumstances exist.

Academic Lettering: Students must obtain a 3.7 or higher GPA during two consecutive semesters to be eligible for a letter. Subsequent awards (bars to be placed beneath the letter) can be attained with two additional semesters of a 3.7 or higher GPA.

 

Post Secondary Planning Considerations

The best way to academically prepare for a four year college or university is for students to challenge themselves while in high school by taking rigorous courses in core subjects. Even if students have completed the high school’s graduation requirements, it will increase chances for success in college by taking more advanced mathematics, science, English and social studies courses.

 

Most four-year colleges and universities require the following, at a minimum, for admission:

– Four years of English (including studies of writing and literature)

– Three and one-half years of social studies (including one year each of U.S. history and

geography)

– Three years of mathematics (including two years of algebra and one year of geometry) ***  

       Some colleges are now requiring four years of math

– Three years of science (including one year each of a biological and physical science)

– Two years of a single world language

– One year of either world culture or fine arts

Public two-year colleges accept all high school graduates and GED holders. However, some programs offered at these schools are more selective and have higher admissions standards and waiting lists to get in. Some students find they must spend a semester or even two just getting ready to enter a two-year career program by taking basic required courses they could have taken in high school. That is why high school preparation is so important. Students who master core subjects while in high school save money and time in college.

***Four years of math is required for admission to the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses.***

Associate Degrees

Associate degree programs require the equivalent of two years of full-time study. They are designed to either prepare individuals for an occupation, or to provide a foundation for the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Some general education courses are included in associate degree programs such as English and mathematics.

Bachelor’s Degrees

All baccalaureate or bachelor’s degrees require the equivalent of at least four years of full-time study. The degree includes both general courses and advanced course work in a defined area of study, typically called a major. There are hundreds of programs of study that lead to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), or discipline-specific bachelor’s degrees such as the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Fine Arts.

College Entrance Exams

Four-year colleges and universities in Minnesota require that students perform satisfactorily on an entrance test such as the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The ACT tests four areas including English, math, science, and reading. There is also an optional 30-minute writing test that students may request when registering for the ACT. It is not possible to register for a separate ACT Writing Test; it must be taken in addition to and at the same time as four subject area tests. More information about the ACT Assessment and the Writing Test is available at ACT.org. Students should check if the writing portion is required for admission to their potential college. The SAT contains three sections: critical reading, math, and writing. An optional essay section is based on reading a passage, analyzing it and composing an essay in a 50-minute time period. Students should check if the essay portion is required for admission to their potential college. More information about the SAT is available at College Board.org.

Lakeville North High School’s testing code is 241-325

Lakeville South High School’s testing code is 241-326

 

Registration

LNHS & LSHS Registration Information

All students will register for their 2017-2018 courses by accessing the Infinite Campus Registration portal. Students are able to view and register for courses online at home or at school.

The Campus Registration Portal will be open for registration February 2 – February 17, 2017.

Preparation:

Go to the LNHS or LSHS website

Click on the Academic tab located on the main page.

Course descriptions are located under the Course Descriptions tab.

Refer to the Credit Check form to ensure graduation requirements are being met with your selections. Students should use the “Career Pathway Guide” (copies can be obtained in the Dean’s Office or online) to help guide their course registration decisions.

Students should consider post-secondary plans while making selections. Students should use career portfolio assessments and MCIS career activities results to help guide course selection to match specific career interests.

Prerequisites and prior/current courses need to be considered when registering.

Discuss choices with your parents, teachers and Dean.

Complete the Course Selection Form.

All students must register for the type of schedule they wish to follow; Traditional or Early Bird. Early Bird is open to students in grades 10 or 11 who are requesting both a music class and a world language class. Additionally, AVID and LNHS Business Academy and LSHS STEM Academy students may request early bird.

 

 

 

 

Registration Instructions

Access the Infinite Campus Portal. If you do not have an account set up, please contact the Dean’s’ Office. To begin registering, click on Registration 2017-2018.

 

Click on Course Search to access the screen which will allow you to search for choices.

Clicking on Go will bring up a list of all courses or you can type in the specific name of the course you wish to register for. Caution: Some courses may be abbreviated and when searching specific names may not come up. It may be advantageous to revert to “Go” for a list of all courses.

 

The first step is to register for the type of schedule desired for both semesters. Select either Traditional or Early Bird.

 

Read the course description for the course selected. If this is the correct course, click on Request this Course. (You may need to scroll down for this command if the course description is long.) The course name will now appear under Requested Courses on the left. Do not use the Request as an Alternate button for classes you are requesting as your primary classes.

 

After selecting all Requested Courses, select at least 2-4 Alternates. It is extremely important to think this through carefully. If there is a conflict with offering or scheduling a requested course, students will be scheduled for one of the alternate choices.

 

To drop a course, click on the course name under Requested Courses. The course description will appear. Click on the Drop this Request button. Return to registering courses by clicking on Course Search.

 

When you have completed registering, reread the requested courses portion of the screen to ensure all requested courses are listed. Click “Print Request Summary” at the top of the page to generate a hard copy of requests.

 

Units: (32/32) in the upper left hand corner indicates a completed registration.

Schedule Options

Traditional Early Bird
Early Bird Period
Period 1 Period 1
Period 2 Period 2
Period 3 Period 3
Period 4 Period 4
Period 5 Period 5
Period 6 Period 6

 

 

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