Post Secondary Enrollment Option
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is 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 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 admissions requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis (see note below). 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 on a term by term basis.
By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year (whichever is earlier), schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course; however, students may incur fees for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed, textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies, or for tuition costs if they do not notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement.
Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions.
Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.
School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether on-line or on campus.
Each year, districts must publish their grade-weighting policy on their website, including a list of courses for which students can earn weighted grades.
All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision regarding the number of credits will be final.
Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.
Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8th grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional postsecondary courses. If the student did not take the MCA in 8th-grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.
For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (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 every February and covers a variety of topics, including what PSEO is, how it works with BHS graduation requirements, full- and part-time options and more. Representatives of the most attended colleges for PSEO will provide specific information about the PSEO program at their college. After the mandatory meeting, students must meet with their school counselor by May 30 of that year to declare their intention of participating in PSEO the following fall.
1) BHS is hosting a COLLEGE FAIR on Wednesday, March 9th from 2:30-4pm in the BHS cafeteria/E Commons area. This is an awesome event to get the ball rolling towards exploring education options for after high school. There will be both 2yr/ Vocational, and 4 yr colleges there to talk with. Please do your best to make this great event!!
2) The BHS ACT test date has been set for:
- APRIL 26TH, STARTING AT 8AM.
- You DO NOT have to sign up for anything, as being enrolled at BHS automatically assigns your test.
- Please keep checking your "Class of 2023" Schoology page for upcoming important info about the test and items to bring.
3) In the next month or so your PSEO college will request another NOSR Form to be completed by your high school. Please connect with your BHS Counselor to do this as soon as you get it. They will be able to get it completed and check in with you about graduation progress.
We hope all is well for you and that you are having a great semester 2!!!