Embedded College


Embedded college exposes students to rigor and expectations of college and prepares them to succeed. 

Spring Lake Park High School offers college-level courses, taught on our high school campus by high school teachers, that result in transferable college credits. We offer a number of articulation agreements with colleges, Advances Placement® courses and College in the School courses that allow students to experience the rigor of college and can earn them college credits. Our partnership with Anoka Ramsey Community College expands opportunities for each student to gain the necessary foundation and support to participate in, and benefit from, earning college credits while in high school.

Families can support their children by understanding each of the embedded college options below, talking to their child about future opportunities and encouraging their child to pursue their interests. Families and students can also partner with their Deans of Personalized Learning to see what courses will support their learning path.


Embedded College Options

Advanced Placement® Courses

Advanced Placement (AP®) is the most widely accepted college level academic program available to high school students. Through AP®'s college level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and AP® provides students with an opportunity for learning that goes beyond just facts and figures.

The rich course material, classroom discussions and demanding assignments typical of AP® courses will help develop the content mastery and critical thinking skills expected of college students. AP® courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you'll need to be successful in college. You'll improve your writing skills, sharpen your problem solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits.

We allow any student who wants to pursue an academic challenge to enroll in an AP® course. Students and parents/ guardians should discuss this choice with a dean if they have concerns about the student’s ability to handle the level of work required in an AP® course.

Importance of AP®

What’s the importance of Advanced Placement (AP®) courses?
AP courses allow high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. The classes provide challenging coursework for students who are eager to learn and develop college readiness capabilities. Colleges encourage high school students to take AP classes as an indicator that students are challenging themselves and fostering the skills needed to succeed in post-secondary institutions. Admission offices value the experience of students who have been successful in the most rigorous courses during high school.

Research suggests that AP students who have passed an AP exam are significantly more likely to graduate from college than their matched non-AP peers. The percent of a school’s students who take and pass AP exams is a strong indicator of whether a high school is preparing its students to graduate from college (Dougherty, Mellor and Jian 2006). In another study Hargrove, Godwin and Dodd (2008) concluded that students taking AP courses over non-AP experiences realized benefits in their subsequent college GPA, credits earned and graduation performance.


AP scores show how well students do on the AP Exam. It's also a measure of achievement in the college-level AP course. Colleges will use this score to determine if they will grant credit for what has already been learned, or allow students to skip the equivalent course once students get to college. Click here to find colleges and universities that grant credit for AP Exam scores. The score is a weighted combination of scores on the multiple-choice section and on the free-response section. The final score is reported on a 5-point scale as follows:

5 = extremely well qualified
4 = well qualified
3 = qualified
2 = possibly qualified
1 = no recommendation

"Qualified" means that students have proven themselves capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5; however, each college decides which scores it will accept.

Available Courses

The following Advanced Placement Courses are offered at Spring Lake Park High School.


  • AP English Language and Composition (Grade 11)
  • AP English Literature and Composition (Grade 12)


  • AP Calculus
  • AP Advanced Calculus
  • AP Statistics


  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics

Social Studies

  • AP Human Geography
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP Government & Politics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP World History


  • AP Spanish 5
  • AP Art Studio 2D
  • AP Art Studio 3D
  • Global Technology Communication – AP Computer Science Principles

College in the Schools

Spring Lake Park High School students can earn college credit without leaving the SLPHS campus by taking introductory-level courses. The College in the Schools (CIS) program offers a high-quality partnership that bridges high schools with higher educational institutions, such as the University of Minnesota (UMN). Courses taught through CIS are the same courses that are offered on the university campus.

CIS alumni surveys have consistently shown that 89-95% of respondents who requested credit recognition from colleges and universities other than the UMN were successful at having some or all of their credits recognized.

In CIS courses, students can: 

  • earn free college credits that are highly transferable
  • demonstrate their learning on multiple and varied assessments throughout the course, rather than on a single, high-stakes test
  • experience the faster pace and increased rigor of U of M courses

Parent's Guide to College and Career Readiness

The College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota works in partnership with Pre-K−12 educators and others to increase the number and diversity of Minnesota students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits for success in higher education. Click here to help your student determine if they are ready.

Embedded College

Spring Lake Park High School has partnered with Anoka- Ramsey Community College’s (ARCC) Concurrent Enrollment Program. SLPHS students have the opportunity to start their college careers early by taking rigorous, college-level classes in their high school. Assessment will determine eligibility for the Concurrent Enrollment Program.

Course opportunities

  • College Writing and Critical Reading 12
  • College Algebra
  • Hybrid College Art Appreciation
  • Hybrid College Personal and Community Health
  • Intro to Human Communication

Articulation Agreements with colleges

Some courses are taught at Spring Lake Park High School offer students both high school and college credit. Students are expected to perform at the college levelStudents will receive a Certificate of Credit if they meet the college credit requirements.

Articulation Agreements in the Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) Program:

  • Emergency Medical Responder—4 credits through Century College articulation
  • Emergency Medical Technician— 9 credits through Century College articulation
  • Nursing Assistant-Registered— 4 credits through Century College articulation

Articulation Agreements in the Family and Consumer Science Program:

  • Child Development A & B