Why not challenge yourself?
Many good things in life come from hard work. We offer a number of options to take on more significant challenges, many of which could earn you rewards like college credit.
Advanced Placement (AP) is a national program that allows students in high school to take college level classes. The curricula for these classes are the same as those taught on a college campus; therefore, it is important students understand that an AP course is significantly more difficult than a high school course. Since students may take AP exams that could qualify them for college credit, students are expected to think, analyze, and produce at a college level. AP courses require significantly more work outside of class than non-AP courses. The tests and types of assignments in an AP course require students to carefully plan their schedule so they can give the course the kind of time it will demand to be successful. Students should consider not only their own academic background and commitment, but also their overall course load, job responsibilities and co-curricular activities when deciding to register for AP courses.
AP exams are offered in May. Students who take AP courses are encouraged to take the exams. Selective colleges and universities look favorably upon students who have challenged themselves in high school through a rigorous academic program such as AP. Students who score well enough on AP exams are often given college credit for these classes at the college of their choice. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify.
We allow any student who wants the challenge of an AP course to enroll. Students and parents/ guardians should discuss this choice with their counselor if they have concerns about the student’s ability to handle the level of work required in the AP course.
The following Advanced Placement courses are described throughout the registration guide.
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Comparative Government & Politics
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science A
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
AP Environmental Science
AP European History
AP French Language & Culture
AP German Language & Culture
AP Human Geography
AP Music Theory
AP Physics 1
AP Spanish Language & Culture
AP Spanish Literature & Culture
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
AP Studio Art: 3-D Design
AP United States Government & Politics
AP United States History
Accelerated courses in 9th and 10th grade science and English allow high-achieving students to complete course standards in less time than the typical format. Those courses earn .75–1.0 credit per semester.
English 9/10 X
English 10/11 X
Contact the Personalized Learning Coach at your school with questions.
Articulated courses allow students the opportunity to earn technical or community college credit(s) while staying in the high school setting. Eastern Carver County Schools offers articulated agreements in the following courses:
Child Development 2
Design & Fabrication in Metals 2
PLTW Aerospace Engineering
PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing
PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design
If these courses fit your interests and career goals, or if you want to explore the career field, choose one of these classes.
Our district offers two alternative delivery options for course content, blended and online. Blended courses are a mixture of online and face to face meeting time with the classroom instructor. Online courses are taught by our licensed district staff using our learning management system. Both courses adhere to the same standards as our traditional courses in each high school.
A form of digital learning that occurs when: a student learns part time in a supervised physical setting and part time through digital delivery of instruction; or a student learns in a supervised physical setting where technology is used as a primary method to deliver instruction.
Online learning uses an online learning management system to deliver the day to day content for a course the student is enrolled in. It allows students flexibility in where and how they learn. Many students choose this option to free up time in their traditional schedule. The online learner will be supported by a district licensed teacher who will hold office hours during the traditional day for additional support.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a series of hands-on courses that develop problem-solving skills, creative and innovative reasoning and critical thinking. These courses may qualify students for college credit.
The PLTW Engineering program begins with Introduction To Engineering Design followed by Principles of Engineering.
Other PLTW courses are:
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Engineering Design and Development
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Computer Science A
Computer Science Principles
The PLTW Biomedical Sciences program includes:
Principles of Biomedical Sciences
Human Body Systems