College Credit

Advanced Placement

AP courses are college level courses that allow a student to receive high school credit with the possibility of college credit. Each course culminates with the advanced placement tests administered nationally each spring. Scores on these tests range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Colleges vary in the placement and/or credit they award for performance on these tests. Usually colleges will grant placement in an upper division course or college credit for scores of 3, 4 or 5. However, in every instance the award of placement and/or credit is up to the individual college. Any students receiving a grade lower than a C at the end of the first semester may be moved to a regular section of the class at the start of the second semester. Students need to have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.2 to enroll in these courses.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

PSEO is a program open to Minnesota’s high school juniors and seniors allowing them to take college courses while they are in high school, at no additional cost to the student. Legacy offers on-site PSEO (college courses taught by Legacy instructors) and online PSEO (college courses taught by a University of Northwestern-St. Paul professor through an online learning format).

It is important to note that taking a PSEO course will impact both a student’s college and Legacy transcript and GPA. LCA students enrolling in these courses can expect the rigor of a college course and at the same time receive both high school and, for those students completing the course with a C- or higher, college credit. LCA does not allow for full-time PSEO students. Students need to have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.2 to enroll in these courses.

Check the Academic Handbook for all course options.