- Will I need to be on campus every day?
It depends on the schedule that you have each semester. We would work with you to try and arrange a schedule that best fits your needs.
- Can I participate on a part-time basis?
Yes, you can enroll in one class, up to a full-time credit load. The program is very flexible.
- Can I enroll in PSEO in 10th grade?
High school sophomores can take one career or technical education course during their first semester. To be eligible to do so, have a minimum of a “proficient” score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for reading, and meet the assessment prerequisites set for the course. If a student successfully completes the technical course with a C or higher, the student can take additional courses as long as he or she meets the assessment requirement for those courses.
- Can I enroll in liberal arts and sciences courses as PSEO?
High school juniors and seniors may enroll in liberal arts and sciences courses (transfer education, also known as “generals”) through PSEO. Sophomores are eligible after a successful first semester, as well as meeting the additional admissions and course placement requirements. Sophomores interested in liberal arts and sciences courses should speak to their advisor in advance to discuss options.
- Can I still participate in my high school activities?
Yes. Just be sure that as you register for classes, you create a schedule that allows you to get to your high school activities. And note that Ridgewater also has many student activities you can take advantage of.
- Can I take full-time classes at my high school and at Ridgewater?
Yes, however, the PSEO program will not pay for college courses. In order to have PSEO approved courses covered by the program students must give up at least 1 hour/block from their course.
- What should I consider before applying?
Attending College is an important life decision and should be considered carefully. PSEO students are afforded the same rights and responsibilities as all college students, and must be able to:
- Take full responsibility for managing time and assignments
- Make room for more study time outside of class, with fewer instructions on how and what to study.
- Handle multiple deadlines without reminders
- Take initiative to seek help when needed
Student who try to work or participate in extracurricular activities more than 20 hours per week tend to have great difficulty keeping up with the faster pace of college. In fact, students can expect to spend two hours outside of class in preparation for every one hour of classroom lecture. Social maturity is also important in working with older student and in handling the academic challenge of college.
- Do parents/guardians have access to a student's PSEO information?
No. PSEO Students are a protected class under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If an Authorization to Release Information Form is not on file, information regarding a PSEO student can only be shared with the student’s high school/alternative learning school.
- Can I take any class Ridgewater offers as a PSEO student? Are all classes covered?
Not all courses are covered by PSEO funding. Students who choose to enroll in a PSEO exempt course will be responsible for the payment of all costs associated with their enrollment including tuition, student fees, books, and supplies.