Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-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. 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. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 9th and 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. 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. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. 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, and to see the most current list of PSEO participating colleges, go to Minnesota Department of Education's PSEO webpage.
PSEO at Burnsville High School
At Burnsville High School, students are required to attend a mandatory information meeting in order to participate in the PSEO program. Parents are strongly encouraged to also attend. This informational meeting is held in February and covers what PSEO is, how it works with BHS graduation requirements, issues of full or part time, and much, much more. As well, representatives of the most attended colleges for PSEO are there to give more specific information about the PSEO program at their college, and to pick up the PSEO application for that college. After the mandatory meeting, students must meet with their school counselor by May 30 of that year to state that they intend to participate the following fall.
This year (2020/21), the mandatory PSEO meeting will be in a zoom/video meet format on February 24th from 6:30-7:30pm. After this meeting, students who want to pursue their PSEO application will meet with their regular counselor to get the supporting materials, as well as go through a credit evaluation. This can be scheduled through our counseling office at 952-707-2108 or firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.