Rigorous Course Waivers
Students taking courses designated as “rigorous” by Saint Paul Public Schools (e.g. AP, IB, College in the Schools, Concurrent Enrollment, and PSEO) are eligible to waive related graduation standards. By selecting a course or courses that qualify for a rigorous course waiver, students and families consent to waiving some Minnesota high school academic standards. The advantage to waiving some standards is that it affords the instructor the ability to modify curriculum to enhance rigor and gives students a rigorous learning experience.
Saint Paul Public Schools has approved the courses below to meet the specific graduation requirements listed (e.g. AP US Government and Politics counts as a student’s US Citizenship and Government credits).
Rigorous Course Waiver Procedure
- The student meets with their school counselor to review the student's schedule and Pre-Approved (see searchable list below) and Unapproved Rigorous Course Lists (no currently unapproved courses).
- If a requested course is not on the Pre-Approved Course List, the counselor will provide a list of alternative courses that are pre-approved to the student.
- If, based upon the student’s interests, academic/career goals and Personal Learning Plan (PLP), the student chooses a non-approved course, a Rigorous Course Waiver Application will need to be completed to request high school credit for the course. The Counselor will give the student the Rigorous Course Waiver Application Form and support them in completing the following:
- The student must completely fill out the form with all information requested.
- The parent/guardian must check the box and electronically sign the form consenting to the waiving of any academic standards to be waived if the application is approved.
- The student must submit the form and notify their school counselor of the submission by April 1 for fall courses and December 1 for spring courses.
- The school counselor will notify the Lead High School Counselor of the application via email, who will notify designated reviewers.
- The Executive Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, and the Director of the Office of College and Career Readiness, or their designees, will make a determination of whether or not the application is approved within 10 business days of receiving the application.
- The Executive Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning or designee will email a copy of the determination to the Director of the Office of College and Career Readiness, School Counselor, the Lead High School Counselor, the District Content Specialist and the applicant.
- A positive determination requires the Lead High School Counselor to add the course to the published list of pre-approved courses.
- A negative determination will require the Executive Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning or designee to provide a statement of why it is not approved, including a list of standards not adequately met. The Lead High School Counselor will add the course to the published list of unapproved courses.
Rigorous Course Catalog
Click on the dropdown menu below to search for specific rigorous course offerings. Click "Submit" to see all rigorous course offerings.