We offer a variety of AP classes. These courses include Calculus AB and Calculus BC, Literature and Composition, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, US Government, US History, and World History. The rigor and workload in each of these classes is intended to be greater than that of some of our required courses. As a result, grades for each of these courses are weighted and do have an effect on students’ GPA’s. The AP exams are given each spring and students may be granted college credit based on qualifying scores.
College in the Classroom
We offer three different opportunities for students to earn college credit while attending classes here at the high school. The Senior to Sophomore program offers college credit in both chemistry and physics. Students that are interested in these two programs should talk with their counselor in regard to requirements for participation.
Postsecondary Enrollment Options
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. Students are able to take PSEO courses at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, on the campus of the postsecondary institution, and potentially 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. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. 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.
Tech Prep Credits
Tech prep credit is offered through a number of courses here at the high school. These credits can be used at a number of colleges throughout the state of Minnesota. Tech prep student data is collected for the purpose of issuing Tech Prep College Credit Certificates and used by secondary and post- secondary for reporting program effectiveness. All public reports are in aggregate form and protect student identity.
The Compass program focuses on supporting students in grades 8 and 9. This is a blended alternative educational program that is designed to support successful transitions from middle school to high school with a focus on career and college readiness. It offers a more structured and supported setting with multiple services offered. Students will also be connected to mentors and community partners to support their personal and educational goals. The overall goal is for students to return to mainstream with the skills necessary to be successful in the future. Middle school staff will select student who meet criteria for entrance in to the program. | Read More
STEPS Alternative Learning Program
STEPS is an alternative program designed to assist juniors and seniors with educational needs that cannot be met within the traditional high school program. Smaller class sizes, individualized student learning, and allowing students to work at their own pace, provides a fresh start for educational success. | Read More
Sauk Rapids-Rice Adult Education offers a variety of classes to learners, 17 and over. | Read More