- Tartan High School
Academic Opportunities and Resources
+ Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. AVID places academically average students in advanced classes and provides them with an elective class that prepares them to succeed in rigorous curricula, enter mainstream activities in school, and increase their opportunities to enroll in four-year colleges.
AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Developed in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson, a San Diego Teacher, AVID_2ID has seen steady growth in the last 30 years.
- More than 3,386 schools in 48 states and 15 foreign countries offer the AVID program.
- More than 220,000 students have graduated from AVID programs.
- 77% of AVID students were accepted to a four year college in 2008.
The purpose of AVID is to prepare students for college eligibility and success. As AVID expands to a school-wide and district-wide program, it impacts educators by increasing best practices for engaging all students and increasing college readiness across the school and district. Our district supports the AVID program in local middle and high schools by:
- Supporting AVID in existing schools.
- Expanding AVID to more schools and students.
- Providing essential support tot he expansion of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.
- Providing adequate professional development support
- Maintaining the high quality of program and student outcomes.
- Academic success in college preparatory courses.
- Successful completion of college eligibility requirements.
- Enrollment in at least one honors or AP course.
- Enrollment in four-year college or university after high school graduation.
- Maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes, understanding my reputation as an AVID and college-bound student is at stake and expectation set forth for me are high.
- Maintain the AVID binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes.
- Complete all homework assignments and commit to at least two hours of homework every night.
- Maintain enrollment in college preparatory courses.
- Take the AP test if enrolled in an AP class.
- Take the PSAT sophomore, and junior years, the SAT/ACT at least once junior year.
- Apply to at least five colleges your junior/senior year.
- Participate in at least one extra-curricular activity within or outside of school.
- Commit to community service hours.
- Be a steward of my classroom, AVID program and Tartan High School.
If you are interested, please fill out the AVID application by clicking HERE.
Please contact Tartan's AVID coordinator, Kristen Fuerst at email@example.com or 651.702.8769 with any questions.
+ Bilingual/Multilingual Seals Program
Please see this link for more information about the Bilingual/Multilingual Seals Program.Earning a certificate or seal is a recognition of your achievement that will appear on your transcript. You will also receive a Certificate or Seal from the Minnesota Department of Education and you may earn college credit at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.This is an exam offered to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who believe they demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Four areas of language are assessed - listening, reading, speaking and writing. ISD 622 offers this exam in many different languages.The exam is free and will be on Friday, May 14. It will take about 2.5 hours to complete.
If you have questions about this please attend a question and answer session by registering here.If you decide to take the exam, you need to register here by April 30th.Here is one more additional resource to help you decide.
+ Credit RecoveryNortheast Metro 916 provides after-school credit recovery classes at North and Tartan high schools for students who attend North St. Paul - Maplewood - Oakdale School District.Credit recovery programs extend the traditional school day and classroom experience by providing academic support to students. Students in these programs can prevent course failure, increase classroom achievement, and recover credits for courses they have previously failed.To enroll, talk to your school counselor today.
+ Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Students are required to meet with their high school counselor to discuss their intent to enroll in PSEO courses no later than May 30th of the previous year. Tartan High School provides updated information here to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students should seek guidance from their high school counselor to determine if PSEO is the right fit for them and their academic plan. PSEO grades at Tartan High School are unweighted. Counselors availability is very limited over the summer to discuss course enrollment for PSEO.
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 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 admissions 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 are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis (see note below). 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 on a term by term basis.
By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year (whichever is earlier), schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course; however, students may incur fees for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed, textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies, or for tuition costs if they do not notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement.
Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions.
Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.
School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether on-line or on campus.
Each year, districts must publish their grade-weighting policy on their website, including a list of courses for which students can earn weighted grades.
All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision regarding the number of credits will be final.
Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.
Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8th grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional postsecondary courses. If the student did not take the MCA in 8th-grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.
For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.
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