November 25, 2009 at 1:06 p.m.

CLHS remains committed to quality education that carries on beyond CLHS doors through tough economic times

CLHS remains committed to quality education that carries on beyond CLHS doors through tough economic times
CLHS remains committed to quality education that carries on beyond CLHS doors through tough economic times

Chisago Lakes High School offers a comprehensive variety of course offerings, for both the traditional college prep student and the technical, career-education student. Students can earn more than a years' worth of college credit while remaining at the high school. In today's tight economic times, this is a major "value added" for our students. CLHS offers three types of college credit courses; concurrent enrollment, Advance Placement, and articulated courses.

Concurrent enrollment courses are sponsored through the Cambridge Campus of Anoka Ramsey Community College, Southwest State University and Pine Technical College. High school instructors teach the courses that are approved and monitored by their respective college department members. CLHS offers college level Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Psychology, and Sociology. New this year is a college level Anatomy and Physiology course. Students must meet certain class rank requirements and pass a placement exam to participate in the above named courses. This year we have over 385 students taking advantage of this college level course work while remaining on CLHS campus.

Advance Placement (AP) courses are sponsored through the College Board. Students must pass a rigorous exam in order to be considered for college credit. The AP program has a national reputation for preparing students for the demands of college. CLHS offers AP English Literature, AP US History, and AP Biology. This year we expanded our AP US History to offer another full section for students. In total, CLHS has 146 students taking AP course work. This number is significant due to the fact that we have grown 105 percent since last year. We look forward to more students taking AP courses at CLHS.

The third type of college level course is an articulated course. These courses are designed for students who may pursue post-secondary education in a technical field. CLHS students who earn a "B" or higher in specific courses will earn Tech Prep College Credit. These credits are then transferred to articulated colleges as students enroll in post-secondary degree/certificate programs. The current courses that meet articulation requirements are; Auto Mechanics II, Child Development II, Fashion Merchandising, Health Care, Mechanical Drafting, Computer Applications, and Desktop Publishing. New this year, we have added articulated courses from Landscape Horticulture and Marketing II. We look to further articulating our technical courses with more post-secondary institutions and thus providing more opportunities for CLHS students once they leave our system.

We encourage all students to take advantage of our college level courses that we offer here at CLHS. Whether the course(s) are Concurrent Enrollment, Advanced Placement or Articulated, it will reduce the cost of their post-secondary educations after high school.

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