High School - Advanced Placement and College in the Schools
Dr. Alison Gillespie
WBLHAS North Campus
WBLAHS South Campus
White Bear Lake Area High School (both North and South Campus) offers a range of courses appropriate for the student interested in pursuing advanced study at a college or university.
For students who have demonstrated strong interest and ability in specific areas, WBLAHS offers advanced level learning through
- Designated advanced and honors level courses
- Advanced Placement (AP) courses
- College in the Schools (CIS) courses
- Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses
- Post-secondary Enrollment Options and Mentor Connection
Students who are planning to continue their education beyond high school are encouraged to discuss areas of interest with counselors so that appropriate preparatory courses are taken in high school.
Benefits for Students
Advanced Placement (AP)
- Participate in rigorous and fast-paced coursework; accelerate learning.
- Learn a subject in greater depth.
- Develop advanced-level skills in critical thinking and writing that can contribute to continued success at the college level.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a college-level subject with the high academic standards established by college faculty.
- Demonstrate a willingness to undertake academic challenges.
- Earn college credit without leaving the high school campus and, thus, decrease overall college expenses.
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP), is an opportunity for students to pursue college-level courses while in high school. Through this program, students may earn credit, advanced placement, or both, for college. Participating colleges grant credit and/or advanced standing to students who have done well on the AP exams. Students participating in the AP Program are eligible for AP Scholar Awards. Over 90% of the colleges and universities in the United States use AP grades. White Bear Lake Area High School is one of about 50% of the nation's 21,000 high schools to offer AP coursework. The number of college credits awarded based on student AP test scores varies by university. Students should contact their college of choice to obtain specific information regarding the school's Advanced Placement Policy.
The following AP courses are offered at WBLAHS:
College in the Schools (CIS)
- AP American History
- AP Human Geography
- AP World History
- AP European History
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Microeconomics
- AP English Language & Composition
- AP English Literature & Composition
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Statistics
- AP Chemistry with Biochemistry
- AP Physics
- AP Studio Art
- AP Art History
- AP Music Theory
College in the Schools classes are introductory-level college courses offered by the University of Minnesota, and in the case of Sign Language, through Minnesota State University Mankato. WBLAHS juniors and seniors can take these courses on our high school campus and get firsthand experience with the fast pace of study and increased academic rigor of college level coursework. Each course has specific criteria for admission and interested students should speak with a counselor to determine eligibility.
Upon successful completion of the course, credits from the post-secondary institution (University of Minnesota or Minnesota State University Mankato) are earned for each semester course. College tuition is paid for the student through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Act. In most cases, credits can be transferred to other colleges and universities. Students should contact their college of choice to obtain specific information regarding the transfer of CIS credits.
CIS courses currently offered at WBLAHS include:
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
- eCIS Basic and Applied Statistics
- eCIS Writing Studio 1201 and CIS Writing Studio 1301
- eCIS Mathematical Modeling and Predictions
- CIS Advanced Sign Language 207
- CIS Advanced Sign Language 208
- CIS American Democracy in a Changing World 1001
- CIS Authority and Rebellion: American History to 1865
- CIS Modern Chinese 1011
- CIS German 1003
- CIS German 1004
- CIS German 1003/1004
- CIS French 1003
- CIS French 1004
- CIS French 1003/1004
- CIS Spanish 1003
- CIS Spanish 1004
- CIS Spanish 1003/1004
The Project Lead the Way program at White Bear Lake Area High School has been awarded site certification by the national PLTW organization, which is a leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs across the country. Students who successfully complete PLTW courses and pass the online end of course exam may obtain 3 credits from participating colleges and universities. Many colleges and universities in Minnesota and nation-wide accept these credits, but students should contact their college of choice to obtain specific information regarding the school's policy of PLTW college credit.
The following PLTW courses are offered at WBLAHS:
- Introduction to Engineering Design (articulated with Century College)
- Principles of Engineering*
- Digital Electronics*
- Civil Engineering and Architecture*
- Biotechnical Engineering**
*Accepted at the University of Minnesota or may meet individual college criteria for credit
**Does not qualify for college credit or weighted grade