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Rigorous Course Waivers

Students taking courses designated as rigorous can waive related graduation requirements. For example, taking AP Language & Composition meets ELA requirements. Students, families, and counselors must follow the process below to ensure students meet graduation requirements as they pursue rigorous course options. 

MPS Rigorous Course Waiver Procedure

  1. Counselor meets with student to go over schedule and cross check against Pre Approved Rigorous Course List (listed below).
  2. If a course is not on the list, Counselor will advise student that a Rigorous Course Waiver will be needed to grant high school credit for the course.  Counselor will provide a list of alternative courses that are pre-approved to the student.
  3. If the student chooses a non-approved course, the Counselor will give the student the Rigorous Course Waiver Application form and instruct the following:
    • The Student must completely fill out the top of the form with all information requested.
    • The Parent must sign the form consenting to the waiving of any academic standards to be waived if the application is approved.
    • The Student must return the form to their site counselor by March 1 for fall courses and November 1 for spring courses.
  4. Upon receiving the application, the Site Counselor must submit a copy of the application via email to the District Lead Counselor and the Director of Secondary Education or designee within 5 business days of receiving the application.
  5. The Director of Secondary Education or designee will make a determination of whether or not the application is approved within 10 business days of receiving the application.
  6. The Director of Secondary Education or designee will email a copy of the determination to the Site Lead Counselor, the District Lead Counselor, the District Content Specialist and the applicant. 
  7. A positive determination requires the District Lead Counselor to add the course to the published list of pre-approved courses.
  8. A negative determination will require the Director of Secondary Education or designee to provide a statement of why it is not approved including a list of standards not adequately met.

APPEALS:

  1. The Student may appeal with the consent of a parent via email or standard mail to the Chief Academic Officer within 10 business days of the receipt of the denial.
  2. The CAO has 10 business days to affirm or deny the appeal in writing via email or standard mail.
  3. The Student, with consent of the parent, may appeal the CAO decision to the Superintendent within 5 business days upon receipt of the CAO’s decision.
  4. The Superintendent has 5 business days to affirm or deny the appeal in writing via email or standard mail.
  5. The Student, with consent of the parent, may appeal the Superintendent’s decision to the Board of Directors by petition delivered to the Clerk of the Board.

Courses at High Schools

Advanced Placement (AP)

College in the Schools-Concurrent Enrollment (CIS-CE)

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Courses at Colleges

Hennepin Technical College

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC)

Normandale Community College

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (U of M)

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

 

All the options in one file can be found here. This file is updated on an ongoing basis as requests for rigorous course waivers are approved. 

If a course is not on a pre-approved list, the student should complete the Rigorous Course Waiver Application Form below.  This process is written out above for reference.