Advanced Placement (AP)

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    What is AP (Advanced Placement)?

    · Students take college level courses at HCPA

    · Standardized AP test is taken by the student

    · Credit is given by college if student achieves a required score on the exam

    AP Classes offered at HCPA:

    • AP Art + Design
    • AP Biology
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Computer Science A
    • AP Computer Science Principles
    • AP Environmental Science
    • AP European History
    • AP Physics I
    • AP Statistics
    • AP US History
    • Pre-AP World History Geography

CIS - College in the Schools

    What is CIS?
    • Only available to Juniors and Seniors 
    • Dual-credit courses
    • High School and College credits on HCPA and University of Minnesota - Twin Cities transcript
    • Course curriculum set up by the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 
    • Taught at HCPA by HCPA teachers

    HCPA currently offers two CIS courses:
    For questions and concerns, please contact the Counseling Office at 651-209-8002. 

TRIO - Upward Bound Math-Science

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    What is TRIO Upward Bound?

    TRIO Programs are college access and college success programs funded through the U.S. Department of Education. An expansion of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, TRIO programs are rooted in a historical and on-going desire of equal opportunity in education through social justice. Metropolitan State University is committed to enhance the college success for underrepresented student in higher education.

    For more information, visit 

PSEO-Post-Secondary Enrollment Options

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    What is PSEO?
    • A High School student attends a Minnesota State College or University
    • The student then receives both High School and College credit if they pass the course
    • PSEO provides: 
        o More variety of courses 
        o College credit at no charge
    Choosing courses
    When choosing courses, students must consider what courses are needed to meet Hmong College Prep Academy graduation requirements. In addition, students should consider courses that are offered beyond those available at HCPA. Students may earn college credit at HCPA by taking Advanced Placement (AP) and College in the Schools (CIS) courses. Students should work with counselors to ensure the best possible graduation results.
    All PSEO students are required to maintain full-time / part time credit status. These credits may be taken entirely at College or a combination of College and High School credits. ** Full time is defined as the equivalent of at least 12 college credits per semester at college. The ability to transfer PSEO credits from one college to another depends on each individual College or University. Students should contact the Colleges or Universities they are considering attending after High School graduation to determine what PSEO credits, if any, the institutions will accept as a transfer and how they will treat those credits.
    Students must sign a contract through the counseling office and are required to meet with their high school counselor and CP teacher monthly.  These meetings will help ensure they are on track to graduate and getting assistance with college applications. 
    Colleges where most HCPA students apply:
    4 Year:
    Bethel University
    Concordia University
    Metropolitan State University
    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    University of Northwestern
    2 Year:
    Anoka-Ramsey Community College
    Century College
    North Hennepin Community College
    Saint Paul College
    Click on the links below for more information about the process.
    Please contact Ka Vang in the counseling office for more information: 651-209-8002
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