Career and Guidance

The BIG Leap!!

Welcome to the Warroad High School Counseling & Career Page! The theme of this department for the year is "The Big Leap".

I've included a picture above of my daughter and family friend jumping off the dock at our favorite summer place. I love how kids will just throw themselves into things with sheer joy. While this isn't my first year in this position at Warroad High School, that's still what I intend to do: throw myself into this job with sheer joy. The truth is, I love working with teenagers, always have. What a fabulous time in life, to be young and full of potential. Their enthusiasm is contagious.

For you parents, having a high school student is, for many, a big leap, too. Soon they will be leaving the nest and you need to pack in as much guidance, love and support as you can in these next few years. I'm here to make sure you feel ready to let them go, confident that they will be successful in the path they have chosen after high school.  

To my students, high school is only the beginning, thankfully. The big leap occurs when you go to your first day of class, at a college of your choice, and the life you want to lead begins to unfold. I'm here to make sure you get there, wherever that place is. 

Stop in and see me. 

Mrs. Lindner, LICSW

Warroad High School 

Suggested PSEO Language for Districts

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, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.

There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

Concurrent Enrollment

In Minnesota, concurrent enrollment courses are college courses offered at the high school, usually taught by a trained high school teacher. These are offered in partnership with a college or university. Students who successfully complete these courses generate both high school and transcripted college credit from the partnering postsecondary institution. Many people refer to these courses as College in the High School.  There is no cost to the student to participate in these courses.

Minnesota’s concurrent enrollment programs offer thousands of Minnesota students access to rigorous college courses in their high school buildings. Research shows that high school students who participate in an accelerated learning option, such as concurrent enrollment, benefit greatly from:

•   Exposure to high expectations. 
•   Participation in challenging courses. 
•   The momentum gained by earning college credits while still in high school.

By participating in concurrent enrollment, high school students complete college requirements that allow for greater flexibility when they enter the university setting full-time. Many concurrent enrollment alums find they are able to pursue second majors, participate in study abroad opportunities, and internships. Not only do concurrent enrollment students get a step ahead of other entering freshman in terms of credits, but they also gain college-level skills from concurrent enrollment courses. Our courses challenge high school students to think critically, write academically, and read analytically, preparing students for greater success in college.

Participating high schools also reap the benefits of concurrent enrollment. Partnerships developed between university faculty and high school teachers provide learning and training opportunities that may not otherwise exist. Additionally, concurrent enrollment students stay at the high school instead of leaving to attend classes at a university. Finally, through participation in concurrent enrollment, high schools establish themselves as education leaders by setting high standards, providing outstanding offerings, and preparing students for the 21st century.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) is a College Board program that offers Minnesota high school students the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses and the potential to earn college credit while in high school. Students engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.

AP Courses
Instructors are highly trained and utilize research-based strategies to reach all students. The content in AP courses is structured similarly to college coursework. These courses prepare students for further education and college admissions offices often look favorably on a history of AP coursework on student transcripts. AP courses are not offered at every school. If you are interested in the AP program, talk to an AP teacher, the AP Coordinator at your school, or your counselor.

AP Exams
AP exams are open to all students, not just those who have taken an AP course, so home-schooled, online students and others may take an AP exam for credit. Students who complete an AP course and/or take the end-of-course examination may qualify for college credit from postsecondary institutions, provided their score meets the institution’s credit policy. Students should check with individual colleges for the most current list of the AP courses each institution accepts for college credit. AP exam subsidies are available for public and non-public school students for both fee-reduced (low-income) and non-fee-reduced students.

AP Exam Reimbursements
The State will fully reimburse districts and schools per exam for fee-reduced, low-income students and partially reimburse exams for non-fee-reduced students.  Schools may collect unreimbursed exam fees from non-fee-reduced students.  Schools are responsible to pay the entire cost of the exams fees to AP Services.  To qualify for exam fee reimbursement for your students, each school must complete and submit the Advanced Placement Program application form, followed by submitting the College Board’s AP Exam: State Copy invoice.  Schools are responsible for adhering to all deadlines in order to receive reimbursement for qualifying student exams. Student Exam Fee Policy and Reimbursement Procedures provide information for schools interested in applying for exam reimbursement.

AP Teacher Training
Scholarships are available for public and non-public teachers attending in-depth summer AP Training.  Teachers attending training in Minnesota may apply to receive a Minnesota scholarship. Training sessions must be official AP courses provided by College Board-identified institutions. Approved scholarships are paid directly to the school or district. The school or district will be responsible for the initial cost of the training. AP Teacher Training Policies and Procedures provide information for teachers interested in applying for a Minnesota scholarship.

If you are interested in the AP program, talk to an AP teacher, the AP Coordinator at your school, or your counselor. For additional information, visit the College Board website listed under Related Offsite Resources.