Dual Credit Courses

For students looking to get a head start on college, St. Thomas More offers over 20 courses with the opportunity for students to earn college credit.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is supported by the College Board, a not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and educators. The AP Program enables students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.

It is the mission of St. Thomas More’s AP Program to provide willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to participate in college-level courses. In order to support this mission, the curriculum is designed to advance the student’s analytical thinking skills, writing abilities and knowledge in specific subject areas, not to strictly pass the AP test. Additionally, the rigorous instruction provided by the AP teacher will create a learning environment conducive to student success. 

AP Courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Government and Politics
  • Language and Composition
  • Literature and Composition
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • U.S. History

Program for Advanced College Credit

St. Thomas More High School will partner with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota to allow students to earn college credit in their high school courses.
Classes taken through this program, known as the Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC), hold the same expectations, workload, learning activities, projects, and exams as college courses. Students who maintain a ‘B’ average can earn college credit and an official Saint Mary’s University transcript upon completion of the course. Credits earned from PACC courses transfer to most colleges and universities.
Students who enroll in these classes pay only $100 per credit, over 90 percent less than the undergraduate fee charged by Saint Mary’s University.

Faculty members who teach PACC courses must hold a master’s degree in the class’s subject matter. All class syllabi are screened and approved by Saint Mary’s University to ensure the standards match the expectations of a college-level course.

PACC Classes

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Composition
  • American Government
  • American Popular Music
  • Christian Bioethics
  • Web Design

Project Lead the Way

Our Project-based Learning takes many different forms. For students interested in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine, STM offers our award winning Project Lead the Way program, a research-driven curriculum of engineering, biomedical sciences, and computer science. In addition to teaching students foundational principles and theories, these courses often incorporate mentors from the professional world, including engineers, business owners, researchers, and doctors, who help students with organization, scope, and planning of their project while providing unique insight into the everyday life of their occupation.

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  • Biomedical Sciences

    Project Lead the Way’s Biomedical Sciences program is a four-year series of courses designed to bring students closer to the possibilities of a medical-based career. The courses are integrated into the student’s core curriculum and designed to expand upon but not replace college preparatory math and science courses. This dynamic program uses hands-on, real-world problems to engage and challenge students.

    Students interested in math, science, and the human body will find the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program a great introduction to the numerous medical fields. It will also teach them how the skills they learn are used in the biomedical sciences.

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  • Engineering

    St. Thomas More High School offers an award-winning Engineering program that focuses on engineering with an emphasis in math and science. The four-year program, when combined with college preparatory math and science courses, introduces students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of Engineering and Engineering Technology. PLTW’s curriculum makes math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life.

    Students will:
    • Become proficient in problem-solving, managing time and resources, researching, and data collection and analysis
    • Learn to look beyond the classroom for answers
    • Work as a contributing member and a leader of a team
    • Perfect their presentation skills
    • Use appropriate written and visual mediums to communicate with a variety of audiences
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