Recognizing the benefit to our students of earning college credit while still in high school, Bethany Academy's College Compass includes four programs with opportunities to earn college credit while in high school: Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), College in the Schools (CIS), and Advanced Placement (AP), incorporating them in our high school course offerings.
Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO)
Bethany Academy students in 11th and 12th grades may enroll in college through PSEO, a state-funded program open to academically qualified Minnesota residents. High school students may enroll in college classes online or in person and earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously. Each college has guidelines for PSEO students which parents are advised to review as they help students choose what college/university to pursue for online or on-campus classes.
Students must apply and be accepted as a PSEO student by the college or university. The Minnesota Department of Education also requires an
application verifying that the student, parents, and school are accepting responsibility for PSEO participation. (Click here for the DOE application.) Each of these applications has a specific deadline for the fall term and spring term. PSEO courses are not offered in summer.
Students will be allowed to take up to 8 college credits of non-Bethany Academy PSEO classes per semester, either online or at the institution. A college course offering:
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
CLEP is a group of standardized tests that assess academic knowledge in several subject areas. A student who successfully passes the exam can earn college credit, which transfers to 2,900 colleges in the United States. CLEP offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in subject areas and bypass undergraduate coursework. Each institution chooses what CLEP courses, if any, they will accept as transfer credit and what qualifying scores meet their requirements. When possible, verify the transfer credit policy at your student’s intended college to assist in planning college courses.
Several CLEP tests cover subjects that are similar to courses taught at Bethany Academy. Satisfactory completion of the Bethany classes does NOT indicate students are ready to take the CLEP test, but it is the first step for students who wish to earn college credit for the CLEP test. The second step is for students to study the course review book and schedule the CLEP test at a test site. Studying the course book and scheduling CLEP tests are the responsibility of the student and the parents.
There is an $80 test fee for each CLEP test and a $20 administrative fee. Not all CLEP tests will count toward Bethany Academy graduation credits. Please work with the Academic Dean to gain approval before sitting for an exam.
College in the Schools (CIS)
CIS classes are on-site PSEO college courses designed by a specific college/university and taught by Bethany Academy teachers, which give juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn high school and college credit at the same time upon successful completion of the course. Grades from CIS courses will appear on the official high school and college transcript.
Bethany Academy currently offers four College in the Schools courses to juniors and seniors, giving students the opportunity to earn a total of 14 college credits, including: Principles of Economics (4 credits, required for all seniors), History of Western Civilization (4 credits, elective for juniors and seniors), Public Speaking (3 credits, required for all seniors, and Introduction to the Bible (3 credits, elective for juniors and seniors) .
Advanced Placement (AP)
AP courses are college-level courses taught by Bethany Academy teachers. Students taking AP classes have the opportunity to earn college credits (or be exempt from certain college courses) if they achieve a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the spring AP exam. Bethany Academy offers three AP classes to juniors and seniors: AP Calculus AB, AP Language and Composition, and AP Literature and Composition.
Depending on a college's specific AP Credit Policy, students earning high scores on AP exams generally earn elective college credits and/or are offered placement into higher level courses in the related subject areas. See the following College Board link for information regarding how specific colleges administer AP credit for various AP exam results: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/search-credit-policies .
The decision to participate in College Compass needs to be thoughtfully and prayerfully considered as there are many things to think through in addition to procedural steps and deadlines to this process.
For more complete information about the College Compass program, you can download two brochures:
1. Complete College Compass Information Packet
2. College Compass Summary
You can also contact our Admissions office at 952-831-8686.