College Credit Options at Kasson-Mantorville High School
In today's global economy, students must be well-prepared for the demands of college and the workplace. Kasson-Mantorville 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 the Guidance Office at 507-634-2981.
Advanced Placement (AP)
AP is a College Board program that offers high school students the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses and earn college credit while in high school. The content in AP courses is structured like college courses. Students who complete an AP course and take the end-of-course examination may qualify for college credit from postsecondary institutions, provided their score meets the institutions credit policy. These courses help prepare students for further education and many colleges look favorably on transcripts that include AP coursework.
Students must take the AP test in the spring of the year and must score a 3 or higher to earn college credit. Exam costs are shared between the student and school. Search AP's credit policies for institutions you may be applying to.
Kasson-Mantorville offers the offer the following AP Courses:
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
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.
Kasson-Mantorville High School partners with Southwest Minnesota State University and its College Now program to offer the following college credit courses to our high school students here. Students who successfully complete these courses generate both high school and college credit from the partnering postsecondary institution.
There is no cost to the student to participate in these courses, but there are entrance requirements. Sophomores must rank in the top 10% of their class and score in the 90% on a national standardized test; juniors must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and rank in the top 1/3 of their class; and seniors must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and rank in the top 1/2 of their class. These courses provide high school students advanced skills today and greater flexibility when they enter the university setting full-time. That may include pursuing second majors and internships or studying abroad.
Kasson-Mantorville High School offers the following Concurrent Enrollment College Courses through Southwest Minnesota State University's College Now Program.
SMSU College Credit/Course Number/Transcript Request Handout
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) offers premiere high school programs, Biomedical Sciences and Pathway to Engineering. These programs are combinations of traditional science and math courses with innovative courses. It prepares students for college majors in medical and engineering and offers them teh opportunity to earn college credit while in high school.
Universities and colleges throughout Minnesota offer college credit recognition to students who complete PLTW foundational courses and specialty courses from certified high schools. Students must earn a class grade of 85% or higher, taken the college credit exam with a passing grade of at least 70%. Students will have to pay a minimal fee (approximately $100 to the college/university) for the credit.
Eligible students receive college credit recognition from Co-Affiliate Engineering Universities: Minnesota State Mankato and St. Cloud State University. Both have strong engineering programs in Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering. Students may also choose to receive credits from: University of Minnesota, Normandale Community College, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, South Central College or Winona State University. Please check the MN PLTW university and college listings carefully as each institution acknowledges Project Lead the Way uniquely.
Acceptance and transfer of credits varies by college and students are responsible for requesting that transcripts be mailed to their college(s) of choice. Please check the website of the college you plan to attend regarding transferability and application of the credit toward degree completion. In order for the credit to transfer from one college to another, the student must request their college transcript to be sent from the credit awarding college to the accepting college.
Kasson-Mantorville offers the following PLTW courses:
Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (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 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. 11th- 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 10th- graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional CTE PSEO courses. 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.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses.
School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours.
By March 1 of each year, schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, 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.
Differences between College and High School Handout
College Credit Options at KMHS- chart
"Pathways to College Credit at KMHS" Presentation
PSEO Application Instructions for RCTC
Tech Prep Articulated College Credits
Tech Prep Articulated College Credits are taught at Kasson-Mantorville High School and offer students high school credit as well as college credit. Students will receive certificates at the end of the Tech Prep course if they are a junior or senio and have earned a grade of an A or B. The Tech Prep Certificate of Credit may be submitted at the time of registration to receive college credit. Kasson-Mantorville High School offeres Tech Prep credits in the following departments: Agriculture, Art, Business, FACS, adn Industrial Technology.
To see specific courses that offer Tech Prep credit please reference the KMHS registration guide or go to the MN Tech Prep website.