During the 2015-16 school year, District 196 high school students who participated in the College in the Schools (CIS) program earned a combined 6,182 college credits valued at more than $2.9 million, according to a value statement released by the University of Minnesota’s CIS program.
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 825 students from the five District 196 high schools that registered for 1,436 courses last year, 75 more than the previous year. Rosemount High School led all with 460 registrations, Eagan High School had 390, Eastview High School had 364, Apple Valley High School had 205 and the School of Environmental Studies had 17.
At the 2015-16 U of M tuition rate of $470.77 per credit, the 6,182 credits earned by District 196 students are valued at $2,910,300. The school district paid the university $208,220 ($145 per course) for the students to take these college-credit courses at their high schools last year.
CIS is one of several opportunities available for District 196 students to earn college credit while attending classes at their high school. Others include Advanced Placement courses and tests, and concurrent enrollment agreements with specific colleges, community colleges and technical schools.