Q. What is PSEO?
A. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, “Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows public and nonpublic students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades to earn college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college nonsectarian courses at eligible postsecondary institutions. Students generate both college credit and high school credit by successful completion of the course. . . . Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09.” Mid-Metro Academy's PSEO program is for 11th and 12th grade students only.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. Tuition and textbooks are free to the PSEO student. To participate in Mid-Metro Academy’s Pre-Planned PSEO, you must be a member of Mid-Metro Academy ($60 annual membership fee) and pay a per semester service fee of $150 per student. This fee helps pay for room rental and administrative costs for the program since Mid-Metro Academy does not receive any funds from the State of Minnesota.
Q. Do I have to take all the classes that are offered each semester?
A. We highly recommend that you take the entire cohort. Because this program is based on the cohort model, students benefit by taking all classes in the prescribed order for the two years (four semesters) of the program. However, we recognize that individual students have unique needs, and we are willing to make exceptions. In addition, once the cohort has been filled, additional students will be accepted for individual classes. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Q. Can I start as a senior?
A. Yes. Whether you have taken a year of PSEO already or this is your first year of PSEO, you may join Mid-Metro Academy’s program. Of course, if you start as a senior, you'll only benefit from a year of our program rather than two years, but that will still be worthwhile, and you’ll still make friends with your cohort.
Q. If I start as a junior, do I have to stay in the program for two years?
A. Yes and no. Certainly, we’d like you to, and that’s the idea behind the program. Students will gain the most benefit from taking the entire two-year package, so we'd like you to think of this as a two-year commitment if you join as a junior. However, you’ll register and pay for one year at a time. If your plans change, you are certainly free to move on to another program for your senior year.
Q. Do I have to be accepted as a North Central University PSEO student before registering for Mid-Metro Academy’s Pre-Planned PSEO?
A. No. You may register for PSEO Cohort while your NCU PSEO application is in process, and we encourage you to do so in order to reserve your space in a cohort. When you receive your acceptance letter from NCU, forward it to [email protected]. If you are not accepted for PSEO by NCU, forward that information to Mid-Metro Academy, and your PSEO Cohort fee will be refunded (less nonrefundable PayPal fees).
Q. Who are the PSEO professors?
A. PSEO courses are taught by North Central University adjunct professors. The university ensures that each professor meets its qualifications for teaching at the college level, which includes holding a relevant advanced degree. Rebecca Hope teaches the English, Film Appreciation, and Strategies for Success, and American History courses; Katherine Tlougan teaches Applied Math and Personal Finance; Helen Keuning teaches Visions of the Good: Ethics and Worldview and Interpersonal Communications; Bryan Davis teaches Cultural Anthropology; and Haley Payne teaches Science, Technology, and Society. Other professors will be announced as the university approves them.
Q. Will you be offering PSEO Biology?
A. We have no plans to offer PSEO Biology. Most colleges require two science courses as part of the general education requirements, one with a lab experience and one with a lab-like experience. For a biology class to transfer well, it should have a full lab experience. In most cases, a college lab meets for two to three hours per week and earns one credit. This type of lab experience doesn't fit with our once-a-week class schedule; students and professor would have to come back on a separate day for two hours. If your student needs a high school biology credit only, consider registering for Kay Kelly's High School Biology at Mid-Metro Academy on Mondays. If your student is able to handle more than the nine credits per semester in our program, he or she could take PSEO Biology with Lab on campus at NCU or at another institution.
Q. Why did you choose Science, Technology, and Society as Mid-Metro Academy's science class?
A. Our PSEO students will have diverse aptitudes and interests when it comes to science. We don't want a science course that depends on specific prerequisites for math or chemistry that some students may not have met. This class covers a wide range of science and technology topics from astronomy to biology to technological applications of science in the everyday world, so it should touch on each student's favorite part of science at some point during the semester. By showing students how science relates to their daily lives, this course creates a practical understanding of science in our culture. The class also builds students' scientific literacy, helping them to evaluate what they hear about science in the news and on social media, which is essential for being informed citizens. Most importantly, it gives students a chance to gain experience in reasoned discourse as they debate the pros and cons of controversial scientific questions.
Q. What changes have been made to the PSEO course offerings?
A. We have revised our two years of courses to better align with both Minnesota high school graduation standards and the general education requirements of North Central University (and many other colleges). We have added Introduction to Government, American History I, and Economics, which help fulfill high school social studies requirements while meeting gen ed requirements at NCU. We have added General Psychology because it provides a valuable foundation for reasoned discourse and awareness of societies and cultures and it tends to be an area of interest for many of our students.