To better meet the needs of scholars, Parnassus offers courses at different levels, although all levels are rigorous and challenging. Grades are weighted according to the level.
College Preparatory Level (4.0)
Most courses are designed for students who are able to master the content and to exercise the academic skills expected of School of Rhetoric students in preparation for college. These courses move at a challenging pace with a level of difficulty and depth commonly expected of the Parnassus scholar.
Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage: Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.
Honors, University of Minnesota, and AP Level (4.5)
Some Parnassus courses are offered at the honors level for students who are able to handle content and materials of a high level of difficulty. These Honors, University of Minnesota courses, and AP courses deal with content in greater depth and/or at an accelerated pace. Students are expected to exercise higher-level cognitive functions. A teacher recommendation is necessary for placement in these courses. These courses receive Honors designation.