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Advanced Academics at Southwest

Over the next several years, there will be some adjustments to the course offerings at Southwest High School. These changes are to support student success through aligning courses using International Baccalaureate philosophy. Southwest has a long history with International Baccalaureate going back to 1987. Although some courses may lose the Advanced Placement label in the coming years, not all courses will. For example, Advanced Placement Human Geography will not be offered next year due to the change in district-wide curriculum requirements. The Advanced Placement United States History course will still be offered to 10th grade students in 2021-2022 and beyond; however, the course title may change in the future to align with our mission as an International Baccalaureate World School. We remain committed to supporting student success, regardless of how that may be achieved. We will be working closely with departments to offer additional support to prepare students to be successful on Advanced Placement exams, even when the course title itself may not have the Advanced Placement label

We will continue to offer and support students with a variety Advanced Academic options leading to college credit eligibility through Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate exams and concurrent enrollment options aligned to the International Baccalaureate Career-related Program. As always, we welcome the opportunity to work with families to make the experience at Southwest High School the best it can be for all students.

The Advanced Academics Coordinator is James Lipps. Please contact James at: James.Lipps@mpls.k12.mn.us