Academic Programs

Advanced Placement (AP)

The district encourages students and parents to consider these courses and exams for rigorous academic achievement. These courses provide an excellent foundation for preparation to college rigor. Through the College Board in Advanced Placement Examinations, students have the opportunity to be credited for their academic achievement in many fields of study. District 833 provides testing sites each May for AP exams and offers many AP courses that prepare students for success on the exams. Students who score 3,4, or 5 on AP exams often receive credit or advanced standing upon college admission. AP grades are weighted using a 1.2x multiplier.

For ALL AP questions see your AP Teacher.


The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. AVID places academically average students in advanced classes and provides them with an elective class that prepares them to succeed in rigorous curricula, enter mainstream activities in school, and increase their opportunities to enroll in four-year colleges.

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Developed in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson, a San Diego Teacher, AVID has seen steady growth in the last 30 years.

Career Internship

Career Internships serve seniors with identified career objectives and employable skills by providing school-to-work transition experiences. Students in the program are given opportunities to be placed in and receive credit for jobs within the community. A related occupational course accompanies the internship. An additional application is required. Please contact Ms. O'Driscoll for further information.

College in the Schools

College in the Schools gives students direct experience with the pace, academic standards and individual responsibilities inherent in college education. These courses are actual University of MN courses taken at East Ridge High School and the students earn University of MN course credit. CIS grades are weighted using a 1.2x multiplier.

After-School High School Credit Program (Often called Credit Recovery)

This program is designed for those students who have failed a course and wish to take a course after school hours to make up credit toward graduation or students that are deficient in graduation credits and want to maintain their status with their existing graduating class. The curriculum in the After School Credit Program is graded pass/no pass and is based on the needs of students and the available resources. Courses usually consist of English, Social Studies, Science, Math and some elective courses. Contact the East Ridge Counseling Office.

916 Career and Technical Center - high school program on the Century College Campus

The 916 Career and Technical Center, on the Century College campus, provides a wide range of course offerings to juniors and seniors who wish to explore career options in business, health, public services and technology by integrating academic learning with technical education. The district provides transportation to this program, but students must provide transportation to satellite programs.

Northern Star Online

Northern Star Online is a collaborative of Minnesota independent school districts and educational service agencies working together to deliver online courses. All online courses are taught by licensed Minnesota teachers who receive extensive training in the use of online instructional tools, and development and delivery methods. Northern Star Online course work offers the same rigor as on-campus courses. Northern Star courses have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education under the Online Learning Options Act of 2003. NSO courses are designed to meet the needs of students looking for courses to complete credits for graduation, accommodate their school schedule, provide access from home, and compliment home or private school instruction. Please meet with your school counselor prior to pursuing Northern Star Online options.


Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way is centered around the idea of bringing practical application to students while their opinions about careers and interests are still forming. PLTW's classroom instruction, generally one-third theory and two-thirds application, gives students meaningful, hands-on experience in problem-solving, teamwork, and project-based learning. PLTW has developed a 4-year sequence of courses which, when combined with (but not in place of) college preparatory math and science in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline in the areas of engineering and biomedical sciences prior to entering college. PLTW grades are weighted using a 1.2x multiplier.