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Almost all of our 8-11th grade students have registered for classes for the 2011-12 school year. They registered on-line this year and the process went very smoothly. I would like to explain one of the options I discussed for next year's junior and senior students. MAHS offers many Concurrent or Dual Enrollment classes that students can take and earn both high school and college credits. These classes provide high school students the opportunity to earn college credit by means of a high quality experience in the high school comparable to that of the university classroom. Concurrent Enrollment classes are university level classes offered at the high school to junior and senior students during their regular school day. One of the major benefits of concurrent enrollment is that high school students reduce duplication of classes (at the university level) and save time and money by earning both high school and university credits at the same time. Other benefits include:

• It allows students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously

• It's an alternative to the senior doldrums

• It's a great transition and introduction to university study

• It allows for more flexible scheduling upon enrollment at the university

• It allows earlier completion of general education requirements

• It may lead to early completion of a degree program

Concurrent enrollment instructors are qualified high school teachers who meet certain requirements and faculty approval to be facilitative teachers. Instructor qualifications, syllabi, assignments, textbooks, exams and grading requirements are equivalent to those offered at the college. Classes are monitored by supervising faculty from the originating college.

Most colleges select a group of courses appropriate for delivery to regional high schools. The majority of these courses are lower-division, general education courses that have been certified as meeting the requirements of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. This designation indicates the course meets state-wide curricular standards. Students who successfully complete such a course (with a grade of C- or better) are assured of course acceptance at any of Minnesota's public colleges and universities. Additionally, the courses are generally accepted at most colleges or universities. Concurrent enrollment allows students flexible educational options for their future college careers and support statewide higher education goals. Some of the Concurrent Enrollment classes offered at MAHS are Pre-Calculus, College Writing, College Speech, Animal Science, Introduction to Art, and Spanish III. These classes are offered through the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota-Morris, Southwest Minnesota State University, and Ridgewater College (Willmar campus).

Next week I will provide information that compares College in the School classes to Post Secondary Education classes.

A Glance ahead

March 28 - Make - up day (School will be

in session)

March 29 - 9-12th grade Choir and Band

Concert, 7:30 p.m.

March 30 - Early Dismissal

Choir and Band Contests -

The Morris Area bands

perform at 9:30 & 10:00 a.m.

The Morris Area choirs

perform at 12:40 & 1:40 p.m.

April 7 - Parent Teacher Conferences

(5-8 p.m.)