Accelerated Courses

These courses are intended to provide motivated and highly capable students with significant academic rigor. Courses are designed to promote high level thinking skills and encourage inquiry and self-directed learning. The accelerated course curriculum is altered to provide additional depth of content, accelerated pacing, advanced concepts, and provide extended learning opportunities. Characteristics and abilities of students include: academic initiative and enthusiasm, self-motivation and independent work ethic, high standards of honesty and reliability, willingness to tackle challenging material and projects, strong reading and writing skills, ability to use higher level thinking, and the ability to handle accelerated pace. Please see course descriptions for specific requirements and prerequisites.

Advanced Placement (AP)*

Princeton High School in conjunction with the College Board offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These are college-level courses in which students are able to learn a subject in depth, develop analytical reasoning skills, and form disciplined study habits that can contribute to continued success at the college level. These courses also contain an opportunity for students to participate in the AP exam. Satisfactory scores on the AP exam may allow students to obtain college credit, bypass introductory-level courses in college and pursue more advanced studies. Students should check with the college/university they plan to attend to determine how they will award college credit. Princeton High School offers: AP Calculus AB, AP Physics, AP Economics, AP U.S. History, AP Statistics, AP Human Geography, AP Computer Science. Please see course descriptions for specific requirements and prerequisites in the registration guide.

College in the Schools Program (CIS)*

The College in the Schools program is a partnership between Princeton High School and Anoka-Ramsey Community College, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Minnesota. This program allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses taught at PHS. These are dual-enrollment courses, meaning students are able to earn both college credits through the corresponding college or university, and credits toward meeting PHS graduation requirements. College tuition is paid for the student through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Act. Princeton High School offers: College English, College Biology, College Government, College Psychology, College Chemistry, Spanish III, Spanish IV. Please see course descriptions for specific requirements and prerequisites.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)

PSEO is a program that allows 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to each 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 PSEO courses. Students in 11th and 12th grade 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. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. 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. Program eligibility differs by post-secondary institution. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage. Legislation allows eligible 10th grade students to enroll initially in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course through PSEO. If the student earns a “C” or higher grade in this first course, he/she is eligible to take additional CTE courses while in 10th grade. In order to be eligible, a 10th-grade student must have taken the 8th-grade MCA reading test or another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution, and have met the composite proficiency level of “meets” or “exceeds.”

Articulated College Credit

Articulated college credit can be obtained from select courses at Princeton High School in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program where students can explore career opportunities through high school courses. These courses offer students both high school and college credit. Students are expected to perform at the college level. Students will receive a Certificate of Credit if they meet the college requirements, which enables them to receive college credit the specific articulated college if the student takes one additional course at the college after graduation. Please see course descriptions for specific requirements and prerequisites. These courses are labeled “eligible for articulated college credit” in the registration guide.

*Weighted GPA

Weighted grades are grades that are assigned a higher number when calculating grade point average (GPA). PHS students will earn weighted grades for completing AP and CIS courses at Princeton High School.

The high school courses that are weighted are:

  • AP Calculus
  • AP English Literature
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Physics
  • AP US History
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Statistics
  • College Biology
  • College English
  • College American Government
  • College Psychology
  • College Chemistry
  • Spanish III
  • Spanish IV
  • Advanced Welding