What is Ranger U?
Ranger U is a concept that allows students be completely immersed in their high school experience while earning college credits.Many students today feel they need to choose between the richness of high school (athletics, extra-curricular activities, social events, etc.) and starting college early as a PSEO student to save on college tuition.
Ranger U is the ability of students to remain in high school, with all of its rich experience, while earning college credit (free of charge) through a variety of options.Courses designated as Ranger U courses in the course catalog are graded on a weighted or 5.0 scale. A student's weighted GPA is included on official transcripts.Weighted Grade Values
GradeNon-WeightedGradeValueWeightedGradeValue A 4.0 5.0 A- 3.7 4.625 B+ 3.3 4.125 B 3.0 3.75 B- 2.7 3.375 C+ 2.3 2.875 C 2.0 2.5 C- 1.7 2.125 D+ 1.3 1.625 D 1.0 1.25 D- .7 .875
How does Ranger U work?Students have the following options for earning college credits.
AP courses are classes taught by FLHS teachers with specialized training and certification to prepare students to take an end-of-year AP exam. Depending on students' scores on the AP exam, college credits can be earned in a variety of subjects.
Concurrent enrollment courses are classes offered at Forest Lake Area High School where students are also dually enrolled into an accredited college program. The classes take place at FLHS, with FLHS staff, but work is submitted and approved by the partnering college. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn college credits from the partnering university or college. FLHS has established concurrent enrollment classes with the University of Minnesota, Southwest State University, Pine Technical and Community College, and Hennepin Technical College.
Articulated courses at FLHS have the potential of resulting in college credit from certain community or technical colleges. For the credit to be offered, an articulation agreement must be signed by the student, the FLHS teacher and the collaborating college instructor. Such agreements must be created and signed yearly, so it isn’t possible to list courses as “articulated” prior to the start of school. *These classes are not weighted.
Graduating with HonorsAll seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher will graduate with honors and receive an academic letter prior to the commencement ceremony.
Academic LetteringIn order to earn a Forest Lake High School Academic Letter, students must earn a cumulative grade point average based on the following:
Year in School Cumulative GPA
Honor for Literacy (Rangers Read)
We know that reading is tied directly to life-long learning and success. To encourage our students to make reading a regular part of their lives, we have a literacy program called Rangers Read. Students who read a minimum of 10 books a year and complete a "book talk" with their advisory teacher will earn the privilege of wearing a white literacy honor cord for graduation. More information about the Rangers Read program can be found at this link.