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Earning College Credit While in High School

CIS/College Now

Marshall High School students are allowed to take College In the Schools (CIS) courses for college credit right here at Marshall HS. CIS courses are taught at Marshall High School by High School teachers. Students don’t need to pass an end of course comprehensive exam to receive college credit, they simply need to pass the class. Student need to meet PSEO requirements to be eligible to take CIS courses.

 The following courses may be offered as CIS courses (based on student enrollment) at Marshall High School:


  • CIS English
  • CIS Public Speaking
  • CIS Computer Science
  • CIS Chemistry I
  • CIS Chemistry II
  • CIS Computers (Business Dept)
  • CIS Introduction to Visual Arts
  • CIS Plant Propogation


Advanced Placement (A.P.)

 Students are able to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses at MHS for college credit. Students are required to take a comprehensive test upon completing the AP course. Each college determines a cut score students must achieve on this test in order to issue college credit.

 The following AP courses are offered at MSH (based on student enrollment):

  •  AP English Language Composition
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Stats
  • AP Biology
  • AP European History
  • AP United States History
  • AP Government and Politics



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 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.

Students must meet the following criteria for taking PSEO courses:

Sophomores: May take one career and technical college course on a college campus provided that they have a proficient score on the MCA Reading and Math tests

Juniors: Rank in the top 1/3 of their class, approximate 3.5 GPA

Seniors: Rank in the top ½ of their class, approximate 3.0 GPA 
For more information provided by the state of Minnesota, check out this site: