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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement is a program created by the College Board offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. Colleges often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores 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.

*Students will create an account with the College Board ( and can request that their score reports be sent to the colleges of their choice during the application process. 

College in the Schools (CIS)

College in the Schools is a program offered as a partnership between the University of Minnesota and Eastview. Courses offered through CIS are University courses, and CIS students earn University credit. CIS students are held to the same accountability and academic standards of University students. High School CIS teachers are selected, trained, and supported by the University.

Eastview High School offers 7 courses in 5 content areas. These courses provide rigorous University academic challenges to Eastview students taught by Eastview teachers at Eastview High School during the regular school day. There is a focus on critical thinking skills and writing skills. The content, teaching methods, and assessment of these courses are equivalent to the U of M’s on campus courses. Students successfully completing a course receive U of M academic credits that are transferable to other colleges. Students must meet both the grade level and class ranking criteria required by the particular CIS course.

*Students will develop a college transcript and may request their official University of Minnesota - Twin Cities transcript after successful completion of the course (for college credits to be transferred to a different college upon acceptance/enrollment).

Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Minnesota Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Postsecondary Enrollment Options (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. Eleventh 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 may be available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools may 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.

*Students will develop a college transcript and may request their official college transcript after successful completion of the course(s) (for college credits to be transferred to a different college upon acceptance/enrollment).

Articulated College Credit

District 196 partners with select postsecondary schools to offer courses that may be eligible to earn college credit. Students attend these courses during the regular school day and receive credit on their Eastview transcript. Additionally, students who meet the postsecondary school requirements are also awarded Articulated College Credit. District 196 utilizes the website to facilitate articulation agreements. Student will be able to access copies of Awarded Articulated Credit Certificates through their personal accounts up to two years after graduation. Articulated College Credits are typically earned in 11th and 12th grade, however, some courses do award credit to 9th and 10th graders. Students should verify all eligibility requirements with instructors.

*Students will earn a completion certificate, which can be accessed and printed through  Specific instructions for possible college credits differ based on course(s) taken.  Take printed certificate to Inver Hills Community College and/or Dakota County Technical College.  See instructor for more details.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)  CLEP is a credit-by-examination program that offers students the opportunity to recieve college credit by earning qualifying scores on exams. Students can earn from 3 to 12 college credits toward a college degree, depending on the exam subject and the policy of the college or university.