College in the Schools

The Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, in partnership with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, affords qualifying juniors and seniors with rigorous college level courses. The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships accredits College in the Schools.

Accreditation guarantees the following:

  1. Courses offered through CIS are University of Minnesota courses, and CIS students earn University of Minnesota credit
  2. High school students taking University of Minnesota courses through CIS are held to the same academic standards as students on the University campus
  3. High school teachers teaching University of Minnesota courses through CIS are selected, trained, and continuously supported by University faculty.

Students are able to obtain college credit recognized by post-secondary institutions coast to coast.  In addition, students experience increased academic rigor and develop skills for college success, as well as demonstrate learning over an entire semester, not just on a single, high-stakes test.

For More Information:

CLICK HERE to view information on College in the Schools (CIS) and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO).

CLICK HERE to find our PDF comparing Advanced Placement (AP), Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College in the Schools (CIS).

CLICK HERE if you are currently enrolled in a CIS course and have questions about how the credits, transcript, etc., will work. This link will bring you to the U of M website specifically created for CIS students.


For information specific to Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), please visit our Dean / Counselor page