ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- During the 2011-12 school year, District 196 high school students who participated in the College in the Schools (CIS) program earned a combined 5,212 college credits valued at more than $2.3 million, according to a value statement released by the University of Minnesota in October.
CIS is a program where students earn college credits taking advanced courses at their high school that are taught by their high school teachers. There were 1,213 CIS student registrations from the five District 196 high schools last school year, an increase of 199 over the previous year. Rosemount High had 469 registrations, Eagan High 350, Eastview High 238, Apple Valley High 127 and the School of Environmental Studies had 29.
At the 2011-12 U of M tuition rate of $448 per credit, the 5,212 credits earned by District 196 students are valued at $2,335,392. That compares to a total cost to the district of $126,152 ($104 per course) for the students to take these college-credit courses at their high schools last year.
According to a survey of CIS alumni, 94 percent of respondents were successful in getting other colleges to recognize U of M credits earned through the CIS program. CIS is one of several opportunities available for District 196 students to earn college credit while in high school. Others include Advanced Placement courses and tests, and concurrent enrollment agreements with specific colleges, community colleges and technical schools.
District 196 serves approximately 27,000 students in early childhood, K-12 and special education programs combined, and offers community education programs for residents of all ages. District 196 includes all or part of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Coates, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville and Empire and Vermillion townships. For more information, visit www.district196.org.