NOTE:Hutchinson HS advocates a College 123 Model. Our expectations are that ALL of our students have earned college credit by the time they leave HS. To transition to post-secondary schooling most effectively, we advocate showing success with part-time college enrollment before moving on to full-time. In theory, we want students to take and show success with one college or AP class first, before moving to doing the same with two classes, and then proceeding to take three or more as they develop into a successful full-time college student. For some students, that first experience may start as early as the freshman or sophomore year. For the great majority, that will occur as a junior or a senior. Please discuss this decision with your counselor before you enroll in an AP or college course.)
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-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. 11th and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 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. 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, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.
PSEO Information Guide (this guide really helps explains the program and its options)