The Advanced Placement Program (AP) gives students an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams while they are still in high school. Through this, students may earn credit, advanced placement, or both for college.
SPASD offers the following Advanced Placement courses (dependent on enrollment):
CEOs of Tomorrow offers programming and products that teach and nurture social entrepreneurship, or the act of creating a business that solves a social problem or benefits society, inspiring youth to transform the world through business solutions that help people, animals, environments, and communities in need. Social entrepreneurship education transforms youth into critical thinkers and enthusiastic dreamers, empowering them with the tools they need to shape and influence the world around them.
Through a hands-on, interactive, vibrant curriculum grounded in the real world, CEOs of Tomorrow inspires higher academic engagement and achievement while nurturing skills necessary for college and career success. By successfully completing These Teens Mean Business (TTMB) programs held during out-of-school time, teens can also earn high school and college credit, plus digital learning badges, which can elevate their college essays, scholarship applications, and resumes.
Madison College will grant equivalent college credit to individuals who have successfully completed courses through These Teens Mean Business, are Madison College students, and successfully complete the Credit for Prior Learning process at Madison College. For every 45 hours worked in the work-based learning programs Teen Store Managers and Teen Money Mentors, students will earn a .25 SPASD credit. SPASD students may earn up to 5 elective credits throughout their years in high school at a rate of 0.25 credits per 45 hours worked. Visit https://ceosoftomorrow.org for more information.
A course that is noted as offering “dual credit” means that when a student at a Sun Prairie High School successfully completes that course, they will receive credit simultaneously from the high school and a technical college. A certified Sun Prairie instructor teaches the course. Upon successful completion of the course, grades are posted to the high school and college and tabulated in the student’s high school and college GPA. When a student earns dual credit, they can save hundreds of dollars and a great deal of time. The below listed courses are designed to offer dual-credit options. Dual-credit opportunities, though, may change from year to year as the contracts between Sun Prairie High Schools and colleges are on a yearly basis.
*Note: Dual Credit is for Juniors and Seniors. Dual Credit is not guaranteed each year.
Horticulture and Landscape Design
Certified Nursing Assistant
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) – Project Lead The Way
Computer Applications: Processing Cyber-Security (PLTW) - Project Lead The Way
Digital Electronics (DE) – Project Lead The Way
Education in a Pluralistic Society
Entrepreneurship and Management
Biological Engineering and Environmental Sustainability (ES) – Project Lead The Way
Exploring Hospitality and Tourism
Introduction to Education and Teaching
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) – Project Lead The Way
Manufacturing Metal Fabrication I & II
Marketing Management: Hospitality and Tourism
Medical Occupations I
Principles of Engineering (POE) – Project Lead The Way
The Education Academy is a dual enrollment program where high school students interested in pursuing a career in education and/or training will take a full-time schedule at Sun Prairie Schools during their 11th grade year, including both Introduction to Education and Education in a Pluralistic Society. During their 12th grade year students take a full-time schedule of college classes at Madison College. During their 12th grade year students can still participate in extracurricular activities and events at their home high school. Dual enrollment means that students earn both college credits and credits toward high school graduation.
The Sun Prairie Area School District, in partnership with the Sun Prairie Fire Department and Madison College, offers a great opportunity for junior and senior students who are interested in pursuing a career in Protective Services (Firefighter/EMR).
Fire Academy students go to Madison College every morning to take a five-credit course. This course meets from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Fire Services Certification includes 200 hours of firefighting training that prepares students for the State of Wisconsin Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 certification examinations. Another option for students is to take the three-credit EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) class which is worth three college credits. Students are required to attend class three days a week in the morning (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.) at Madison College. There is a substantial amount of work to be done during the other two mornings. Students can study at home or at Madison College. In the afternoon students would return to their Sun Prairie Area High School to take their other required courses.
Students can enroll in one or both of these classes. Students will receive high school credits along with Madison College credits. Students must be on track for graduation with good attendance in order to be considered for this program. Interested students should contact their school’s College, Career, and Life Readiness Coordinator for more information.
The STEM Academy is a dual enrollment program where high school students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (i.e., STEM) take a full-time schedule of college classes at Madison College over 11th and 12th grade. Dual enrollment means that students earn both college credits and credits toward high school graduation. Students attend Madison College full time during the day, and only attend their home high schools for extracurricular activities and events after the school day ends.
Wisconsin Act 59 created the Early College Credit Program (ECCP). The statute allows Wisconsin public high school students to take one or more courses at an institution of higher education for high school and/or college credit under certain conditions.
What is Start College Now (SCN)?
Start College Now (SCN) is a program open to high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements. SCN allows high school students the opportunity to take college courses at Wisconsin Technical Colleges for high school and college credit.