Apply for PSEO

2023-24 School Year

The decision to participate in PSEO is an important one, and students should start planning early. The student will be expected to be a responsible, self-starting independent learner. 

Things students and families should consider before applying to do PSEO:

  • Academic Ability: Is the student ready for college-level course work? General guidelines: Juniors should have a 3.5 GPA and above and seniors should have a 3.0 GPA and above. Students should also be in the 50th percentile or higher on standardized tests.  For each credit, expect about an hour of reading and studying for that course (ex: 3 credit class = 3 outside hours per week extra for hw)
  • Maturity: Is the student mature, responsible and self-disciplined enough to be successful in a college setting?  Colleges are open to all ages of students, is the student comfortable in working with students who are in their 30s or older on group projects or presentations? 
  • Food and Transportation: Students will need to provide their own breakfast and lunch through PSEO. Transportation is also something to consider. Will the student be able to provide their own transportation to the college or university of their choosing?  Will they be able to pay for parking (if needed)?  Students should also consider not only driving to the college or university of their choosing but also the time it takes to park, walk to the university and walk across campus to the class. 
  • Be aware of postsecondary admissions requirements and deadlines. It is the postsecondary institution that determines admissions requirements into their postsecondary courses – not the high school. Postsecondary institutions also set their own application deadlines and timelines for admission.
  • You are still a Fridley Tiger.  It will be your responsibility to stay up to date with your grade level google classroom for HS deadlines (ordering a yearbook, senior group picture etc.) - continuing to check your email on top of your new PSEO email is an expectation. It is the student’s responsibility to check the isd14 email often. PSEO students must continue to check their school email multiple times a week and follow posts on the grade-level Google Classrooms.
  • High School Graduation Requirements: Students should learn and understand the number of credits and courses needed to graduate from Fridley High School.  Enrollment in an incorrect PSEO class could result in delayed high school graduation, so careful planning and communication with the high school is very important. Fridley High School will work with students in choosing generally comparable courses to meet requirements.  Please work with your dean to make sure you register for required courses.
  • Decide where to enroll – and which courses to take. There is no list of available PSEO courses available across the state. Students should locate the list of PSEO courses offered by the postsecondary institution where they would like to enroll. Refer to the list of PSEO participating institutions approved to offer PSEO in Minnesota:

Applying to PSEO Procedure

  • Student Required Meeting: REQUIRED PSEO Meeting  with the Academic Deans (Student will receive: PSEO Procedure, Parent Contract, and Graduation Requirements) Note: the student meeting took place on January 10th during One Lunch.
  • Required Parent Meeting: The Academic Dean will discuss courses necessary to take to meet FHS graduation requirements and how credits transfer from college to high school. Bring the parent signed state form to this meeting. Note: and the parent/caregiver meeting took place on the evening of January 11th.
  • Apply to the PSEO institution of your choice.
    • Most colleges/universities open up the application process in February - again, each college/university has different requirements and deadlines to abide by
  • Request transcripts: PSEO programs need official transcripts from the high school.  Fridley High School uses Parchment to send transcripts.
  • Complete PSEO state form with PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE: Click here
    • It is the student’s responsibility to turn in the state form to the PSEO institution -- you’ll submit this form to the PSEO institution after the parent meeting
  • Inform Academic Dean about your intent to complete PSEO or remain at the high school. DEADLINE is May 30, 2023 for the entire 2023-2024 school year along with the signed parent contract.  Once you commit to PSEO, your high school classes will be dropped from your schedule.
  • Send a copy of your college courses to your academic dean. You must submit a copy of your courses at the beginning of each semester.