COURSES & SCHEDULING
As you’ve learned already if you’ve committed to coming to Perpich, the school curriculum and schedule are different, possibly very different, from your home school.
Perpich operates on a block schedule: the day is divided into two 90-minute classes (“blocks”) and one 50-minute class in the morning. The 90-minute classes are double that of a regular school schedule where classes are normally 40-45 minutes.
This allows our instructors to offer much richer and more project-based lessons. In one semester you will complete a course credit that would take you a year to complete in a non-block-scheduled high school.
As a result, you will be able to accomplish a great deal academically while at Perpich. For example, in one year you would be able to complete credits in English, science, math, social studies and a world language while also finding time for electives.
At Perpich your arts studies are integral to your academic planning. They are not electives but at the heart of the learning you pursue every day. Arts classes, studios and rehearsals take place from 1-4 p.m. every day except Friday when classes end at 3:30 p.m.
The arts courses are determined by the instructors in each arts area and while there is some choice involved on the student’s part in some areas, you will not register for arts classes other than to indicate “arts” in your afternoon slot. Your instructors will determine how you will experience the curriculum. Your arts courses are college-preparatory with reading, homework and projects that must be pursued outside of class as well as in class.
Register for Courses
To register for your courses, consult the Registration Booklet with the Perpich guidance counselor through Student Services and teachers in those classes you want to take. They are here to help you succeed!
Honors, AP, College in the Schools and PSEO
Perpich offers a class in honors chemistry when enough students express an interest.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CLASSES
AP is a program created by the College Board offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. American colleges often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores above a certain number on the examinations. The AP curriculum for the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in each subject. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Ledger.
COLLEGE IN THE SCHOOLS
College in the Schools is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Accreditation guarantees that:
- Courses offered through CIS are University of Minnesota courses and CIS students earn University of Minnesota credit
- High school student taking U of M courses through CIS are held to the same academic standards as students on the university campus
- High school teachers teaching U of M classes through CIS are selected, trained and continuously supported by university faculty
POSTSECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS (PSEO)
PSEO is an academic option open to high school seniors and juniors in various states, including Minnesota. The options allow students to take courses at the college level. It is possible for a student to graduate with both an associate’s degree and a high school diploma at the same time via PSEO. The PSEO program was created in 1985 by the state of Minnesota.
Juniors are required to be in the top one-third of their class to be in PSEO. Seniors are required to be in the top half of their class to be eligible for PSEO.
For more information:
Within the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system:
At the University of Minnesota:
At private colleges in Minnesota: