Washburn is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with a rigorous academic program that prepares students for college, career and life. The International Baccalaureate programs offer students rich, engaging and rigorous opportunities during all four years of their high school experience. All students in grades 9-10 are part of the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). Students in grades 11-12 may choose to participate fully in the Diploma Program (DP), or take individual IB courses of interest. Learn more here.
Advanced Placement, or AP, courses are college-level courses that a student can take in high school. An exam is offered at the end of the school year which, depending on a student's score, may earn the student credit towards college courses.
Washburn currently offers the following AP courses:
AP Human Geography, offered in 9th grade
AP US History, offered in 10th grade
AP Literature and Composition, offered in 10th grade
Concurrent Enrollment (CE) courses are college-level courses available for students to take concurrently during the school day with credentialed instructors at the high school. (Sometimes referred to as CIS, or College in the Schools.)
Students earn college credit by applying and being accepted to the College NOW program offered through Minneapolis Community & Technical College and successfully completing courses.
Washburn offers Introductory Statistics and Biology through MCTC.
Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows students in grades 10-12 to earn college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of approved college courses at eligible postsecondary institutions. This is recommended only for students who are very self-motivated and independent. Washburn has about 100 students participating in this program most years.
Students who are interested should meet with their counselor to determine the options that will be best for them.