Spring Lake Park High School has offered College in the Schools (CIS) Intermediate German 1003 and 1004 through the University of Minnesota since 2004. The University of Minnesota College in the Schools is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
Since the partnership began, SLP CIS German students have saved around $1.3 million in tuition at no cost to them. Through the CIS program, students earn high school and university credits at the same time.
SLPHS offers CIS German 1003 in year three and 1004 in year four. These courses use the same materials, tests, quizzes, grading system and syllabi as on campus at the U of M, but are used at a more manageable pace and are offered at SLPHS. With the savings earned for the 10 credits through the 1003 and 1004 Intermediate German courses and the potential for students to earn five retroactive credits for 1002, students and their families can potentially save thousands of dollars in tuition.
Students who go through all four years of the SLP CIS German program almost always test into German at the junior-year college level and are only a few courses short of a minor when they enter college as freshmen. No matter which institution students attend after high school, almost all can easily transfer their U of M credits, earn retroactive credits and/or be exempt from college language coursework for their work at SLPHS.