• Advanced Placement (AP)

    Advanced Placement is a College Board program designed to offer a rigorous collegiate-like course experience for high school students.  Students who score at the high-end on the AP exams may be able to earn college credit at some colleges and universities.

    Saint Paul Public Schools offers over 20 different AP courses in six of the high schools across the district.

    Click here for additional information on Advanced Placement programs from the College Board.


    Career and Technical Education (CTE)

    These courses prepare students for careers in food science, child development, business, agriculture, health, technology and the trades. These programs allow students to experience many career fields through exploration, job shadowing and internships.

    CTE takes core academics to the next level as students apply what they learn directly to the careers where they will be used. Students who complete CTE courses can earn college credits, industry credentials and certificates.


    Career Pathways Academy at Saint Paul College

    The Saint Paul Career Pathways Academy is a high school program located at Saint Paul College. Students can explore careers, take challenging courses, and earn both high school and college credits. Classes are held during and after the typical school day. Transportation is provided to and from Saint Paul College. The Career Pathways Academy is available to all SPPS students who meet eligibility requirements for enrollment at Saint Paul College. Talk with your counselor for additional details


    CLEP is a credit-by-examination program that offers students the opportunity to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores on exams. Students can earn from 3 to 12 college credits toward a college degree, depending on the exam subject and the policy of the college or university.

    International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

    Through IB programmes, IB students “learn how to learn”, studying our unique theory of knowledge (TOK) course. They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress.



    Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)

    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.


  • Ready, Set Go

    Website that provides resources for college and career readiness and accelerated course options in Minnesota, including:

    • Tools for students to be successful in high school and prepare them for their postsecondary experiences.
    • Information for families on how to access these opportunities.
    • An interactive curriculum resource area for educators to support these goals.
  • Ca · reer
    One’s calling in life; a person’s occupation; one’s profession.

    Col · lege
    Any institution of higher education that awards a degree or credential post-high school graduation.  This includes, but is not limited to, universities, community colleges, trade schools and more.
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