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 ($75 annual membership fee) and pay a per course service fee of $25. 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 understand that each PSEO student has different needs and desires. Some students want to ease into college work with one or two classes a semester while others want to maximize the number of free college courses they can take in high school. Our program works for both types of students and everyone in between. Students may take one course per semester or all four--as long as they can handle the load. Since our courses remain consistent from year to year, a student who takes all eight of our classes as a junior would need to go somewhere else for PSEO as a senior--unless we change our program to add more courses in 2023-2024. Because our program attracts students from a limited pool of PSEO students, chances are students who take more than one class will have many of the same classmates in each class. This creates an informal learning cohort, which provides more chances for friendships and peer support.
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.
Q. If I start as a junior, do I have to stay in the program for two years?
A. No. Depending on the number of courses you want to take each year, you may need to go somewhere else for your second year. This year we are offering 8 different courses, and most of those will be offered again next year. We may be able to add more courses next year, but that's still up in the air for now. Students who take four or five courses with us each year would definitely be able to stick with our program for two years.
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 classes while your NCU PSEO application is in process, and we encourage you to do so in order to reserve your space. 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 fee will be refunded (less nonrefundable credit card processing 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 and Film Appreciation courses; Mikaela Swedlund teaches American History 1; and Helen Keuning teaches Interpersonal Communications. 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 the course load, he or she could take PSEO Biology with Lab on campus at NCU or at another institution in addition to the classes offered at MMA.
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.