Students are encouraged to take challenging courses that prepare them for college. Students are also encouraged to take elective courses as a means of exploring areas of interest and as a means of creating a balanced schedule. The primary purpose in taking any course is to learn and develop skills. We recognize that the grades earned in courses does matter when students apply to college and scholarships. Therefore, courses awarding college credit are weighed at a value of 1.25. These include all Advanced Placement courses (including online AP or PSEO courses where a student takes the corresponding AP exam and earns a score of 3 or higher) and all concurrent enrollment courses (for example, Health Care Careers from Pine Technical College), including College in the Schools (University of Minnesota), College Now courses (Southwest State University). Courses with weighted grades and the weight values can be found below.