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Rising Scholars Programs

Terry Piatz, Director

 

MeWaldt-Jensen

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401

 

Phone: 605-626-7197

E-mail: Terry Piatz

 



 

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Welcome to the Rising Scholars Program
 
"I am thrilled to be participating in this program. It opens doors for my students that would otherwise remain shut until after their high school career is over. It has been a learning experience for them and for me. I can't wait to continue this journey with them."
Rising Scholars Instructor, Canton High School
 

 
Why Take Rising Scholars Courses?
 
• Earn credit towards your high school and college degree at the same time
• Save money
• Get a jump-start on your college courses while in high school
 
 
Northern State University's Rising Scholars Program offers opportunities for qualified high school students to earn college credit while in high school. Students may take college-level courses in many disciplines including mathematics, English, history, physics, biology, and foreign languages.
 
The program offers the NSU Campus Option or the High School On-Site Option:
 
 
NSU Campus Option
 
  • High school students meeting the necessary academic prerequisites may take any college courses offered on the NSU campus. Please refer to the current semester course schedule.

 

  • On-campus students pay standard tuition and fees.  Scholarships are available to Aberdeen public and  private high school students.

 

  • College credits transfer to any South Dakota Regental institution and are likely to be accepted by most accredited institutions.

 

Campus Option Registration Forms 

 

NSU Campus Option Sample Courses (Please refer to semester course schedule for current offerings)

 
Biology 151/153 and Labs (General Biology I and II) - 4 credits each
English 101 (Composition I) - 3 credits
English 210 (Introduction to Literature) - 3 credits
History 151/152 (United States History I and II)- 3 credits each
Math 102- College Algebra – 4 credits
Math 123/125 (Calculus I and II) - 4 credits each
Chemistry 106 and Lab (Chemistry Survey) – 4 credits
Chemistry 112/114 and Labs (General Chemistry I and II) – 4 credits each
Physics 111/113 and Labs (Introduction to Physics I and II) - 4 credits each
Speech Comm. 101 (Fundamentals of Speech) - 3 credits 
Sociology 100 (Introduction to Sociology) – 3 credits
Spanish 101/102 (Introductory Spanish I and II) – 4 credits each
Spanish 201/202 (Intermediate Spanish I and II) - 4 credits each
French 101/102 (Introductory French I and II) -4 credits each
French 201/202 (Intermediate French I and I) – 4 credits each
German 101/102 (Introductory German I and II) – 4 credits each
German 201/202 (Intermediate German I and II) – 4 credits each

 

 
 

High School On-Site Option 

 

  • Rising Scholars classes are university classes taught at your high school

 

  • High school on-site classes are taught by qualified high school instructors who also are qualified as NSU adjunct faculty. Qualified instructors will have a master's degree in the course discipline or a master's degree plus 15 graduate credits in the course's discipline.

 

  • High school on-site students pay $40 per credit hour ($120 for a 3-credit course and $160 for a 4-credit course). Students and/or the high school are responsible for lab costs

 

  • Students successfully completing the course will receive college credit for the class

 

  • College credits will transfer to any South Dakota Regental institution and are likely accepted by most accredited institutions

 

  • The final course grade will appear on an NSU transcript

 

  • Students may still opt (in addition) to take the AP exam

 

  • Qualified high school students will be enrolled as recommended by the high school faculty and approved by the university. Minimum ACT and/or COMPASS placement scores are necessary for certain courses in Math and English

 

  • The Rising Scholars Program is not associated with the Advanced Placement (AP) program or the NSU Center for Statewide E-Learning

 

 

On-Site Option registration forms available from Director Terry Piatz or participating high schools

  

 
High School On-Site 2013-2014 Course Offerings
 
Biology 151/153 and Labs (General Biology I and II) - 4 credits each
English 101 (Composition I) - 3 credits
English 210 (Introduction to Literature) - 3 credits
History 121 (Western Civilization I) - 3 credits
History 151/152 (United States History I and II)- 3 credits each
Math 102 (College Algebra) - 3 credits
Math 123 (Calculus I)- 4 credits
Art 121 (Design I 2D)- 3 credits
Management Information Systems 210 (Web Authoring)- 3 credits
Chemistry 106 (Chemistry Survey)- 4 credits
Speech & Communication 101 (Fundamentals of Speech) - 3 credits
 
 
Requirements for the High School On-Site Option

High School On-Site courses will be taught by qualified high school instructors who also are NSU adjunct faculty. Classes will have college-level textbooks, examinations, and grading standards equivalent to those used in classes offered on the NSU campus.
 
Greater than 50 percent of the enrolled students must be taking the course for college credit in the Rising Scholars Program.
 
Classes are subject to minimum enrollments (currently 8 students).
 
NSU and High School Rising Scholars faculty will meet regularly and work collaboratively to develop and implement curriculum. Northern faculty will support and evaluate the cooperating High School Rising Scholars faculty.
 
The final course grade will appear on an NSU transcript. Students can request a transcript through the NSU Registrar’s Office or via WebAdvisor.