Other Education Options
Advanced Placement Program
MSU Concurrent Courses
Youth Service
History versus Hollwood
Tutor/Teacher Assistant Program
Independent Study Program
English Language Learners
Special Education
Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Ziebarth Area Learning Center
Occupational Experience
Articulated Courses
Interactive Television
Summer School

We offer a variety of other educational options at LSH. More information about each is below or find details about statewide program at www.ReadySetGoMN.org

Advanced Placement Program

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a national, cooperative educational program, created and maintained by the College Board. The Board’s AP program serves three groups: (1) students who wish to pursue college-level studies while enrolled in high school; (2) high schools that desire to offer these opportunities; and (3) colleges that wish to grant credit and promote interest in such achievement.

Le Sueur-Henderson High School students may receive college credit by taking AP exams which are scored through the College Board’s external scoring service. Students interested in taking an AP exam should contact the counselor in the fall of the year they’d like to test.

Students/Parents/Guardians who wish to obtain more information regarding the Advanced Placement program may do so through the office.

MSU Concurrent Courses
Grades 11-121 credit
Le Sueur-Henderson High School has partnered with Minnesota State University at Mankato to offer concurrent courses: students can take selected classes for high school credit and college credit at the same time. Currently four courses are offered:
MSU English 11
MSU English 12
MSU Biology 12
MSU Psychology 12

Students who are interested in this option should contact the high school counselor to see if they meet the MSU requirements to enroll. Students in grade 11 must rank in top 1/3 of the class or receive a score of 23 on the ACT. Students in grade 12 must rank in top 1/2 of the class or receive a score of 21 on the ACT

168Youth Service
Grades 10-12
Elective/2 credit

Youth Service has three components:
1. understanding needs in the community.
2. serving at a site to meet those needs.
3. reflecting on the experience
The first phase of the class is training on topics such as listening skills, non-verbal communication, one-to-one relationships and confidentiality issues. The second phase of the class is service and reflection. Each student selects Park, Hilltop, St. Anne’s School, MN Valley Health Center Nursing Home or the high school to work one-on-one with students or residents at the nursing home. There is a seminar weekly to explore volunteer opportunities in the community and additional ways for students to serve.

169History versus Hollywood
Grades 11-12
Elective1 credit


This class will focus on comparing factual historical events with their Hollywood films counterparts. We will be examining, and discussing the events as they actually occurred in history. After thoroughly researching these events, we will watch their film representations and decide whether they are factually accurate or not. This class will also explore students’ creativity and their ability to create their own film representations of real life historical events.

350Tutor/Teacher Assistant Program
Elective1/4 credit
Will be graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

A student in good academic standing may earn 1/4 credit for providing tutoring/teacher assistant services. A student wishing to become a tutor would register prior to the beginning of the semester and would need to be approved by the teacher in consultation with the counselor or teacher for the subject areas the students want to tutor or for the teacher they would assist.

300Independent Study Program

In the Independent Study Program a student has an opportunity to pursue a particular subject in order to increase his/her knowledge and competence within that field. The student does this largely independent of anybody else, including the teacher. This does not mean that he/she does not have a teacher with whom he/she may confer with varying degrees of regularity. The student will be expected to move at his/her own rate of speed and with a high degree of responsibility for his/her own learning and direction.
Any student who is interested in pursuing an independent study project can make an application with the office for a credit/GPA check and to provide reasons for the IDS contract. The student and sponsoring teacher should develop the IDS contract.
Once the contract is approved by the appropriate people, the student may proceed with the project. The sponsoring teacher will have the responsibility for providing a certain amount of structure or direction to the IDS project. The student and sponsoring teacher will determine the structure for the project.
It is desirable that the independent study project be a part of the student’s schedule so that he/she will not be overloaded. A project generally requires the same amount of time and energy as a normal course, and credit will be granted accordingly. This means a student must do the Independent Study in study hall or in the sponsoring teacher’s classroom. Any other arrangements must be approved by the Principal.

The Independent Study Program has the following benefits:
1.The student is allowed to increase the depth of his/her preparation or knowledge in an area of interest.
2.The increased responsibility assumed by the student helps to prepare him/her for the greater freedom usually prevalent in college or the work environment outside of school.
3.Opportunities to obtain school credit through this program allows the student to obtain credit toward graduation and the placement of course experience on permanent file.
4.The student with a light academic load can make more productive use of school time through the pursuit of an independent project.
5.Teachers, possessing a variety of backgrounds not always capitalized upon in the ordinary curriculum, can share their expertise with interested and talented students.

English Language Learners

The purpose of the ELL program is to assist English language learners whose first language is not English in the acquisition of English proficiency, cultural orientation, and content area skills necessary for successful participation in the mainstream curriculum. Service for ELL is mandated by federal and state laws in order to overcome language barriers that would impede equal participation in the educational program. The ELL program provides access to a curriculum that fulfills high school graduation requirements.

Special Education

The purpose of the Special Education Program is to meet the needs of those students who qualify for the services of special education by:
1.Offering support in regular education classes.
2.Providing optimal educational opportunities in a wide variety of environments.
3.Developing and assisting with transition planning.
4.Providing a curriculum addressing self-advocacy skills and life skills.
5.Serving as resource personnel for regular education staff members.
6.Offering course work to meet graduation requirements.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP)

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. 11th 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.  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 8th - 12th grade students and their families by March 1st every year.  Students must notify their school by May 30th 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.

Ziebarth Area Learning Center

The Ziebarth Area Learning Center is an alternative high school learning program and site located at 706 Turril Street in the same building with Community Education programs.
In order to qualify for this alternative learning program, students must be in grades 10-12 and meet at least one of several “at-risk” criteria and complete a referral form. For more information about the Ziebarth Area Learning Center, contact the school counselor.

Interactive TV

Students will have the opportunity to take a class over the Interactive Television System. These courses are not offered at LSH and will provide opportunities for students to experience other interest areas. To be eligible for an ITV course, students must have a 3.0 grade point average or principal’s permission. The courses offered through this system are:

ASL IFrench I
ASL IIGerman I
Chinese MandarianGerman II
Computer Programming Fundamentals

1844 ASL I
Grades 11-12
Elective1 credit

Prerequisites: B average or principal’s permission
American Sign Language first year course. Course includes: sign vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, expressive and receptive activities. Students will become familiar with historical events and the history of ASL, as well as becoming knowledgeable in aspects of Deaf Culture which are an integral part of meaningful language use.
ASL I is designed to give students basic skills for signed communication. Textbook: Signing Naturally – Level 1, Students workbook and video text, Units 1-6. Students must rank in the top half of the class.

775 ASL II
Grades 11-12
Elective1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ASL I, B average or principal’s permission
American Sign Language second year course. Students will continue their study of American Sign Language. Course includes: intermediate sign vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, expressive and receptive activities. Student will become familiar with various service agencies and will investigate careers in the field. ASL II is designed to give students skills to participate in intermediate level communications. Textbook: Signing Naturally – Level I, Students workbook and video text, Units 7-12. Students must rank in the top half of the class.

1851 Chinese Mandarin
Grades 11-12
Elective1 credit

Prerequisites: B average or principal’s permission
Chinese language and culture. Covers basic syntax of the modern Mandarin Chinese conversational language, with focus on simple vocabulary building, character recognition, and memorization using Chinese songs, games, and calligraphy. Mandarin is the most used Chinese dialect. In addition the course will help the student understand the culture and heritage of approximately one fifth of the world’s population.

1852 Computer Programming Fundamentals
Grades 11-12
Elective1 credit

Prerequisites: B average or principal’s permission
This SCC concurrent enrollment/PSEO course requires eligibility for the PSEO program. The course is designed to be a person’s first major exposure to the world of computer programming. This course covers how to design and implement a computer program that will remember things, make decisions and perform repetitive tasks. Students will explore the worlds of both procedural and object-oriented programming. The course involves the use of analytical procedures, pseudo-code, programming languages designed especially for academic use as well as those in use in today’s businesses, and an introduction to 3D graphics, gaming and simple robots.

1848 French I
Grades 11-12
Elective1 credit

Prerequisites: B average or principal’s permission
This class will put at your fingertips resources for learning the basics of the French language. The basic vocabulary you will be learning about yourself, your family, your free-time activities, and your community. In the process you will learn about the French people, about their culture, and about their language. We will do weekly activities, projects and/or quizzes and monthly web-cam checkups on pronunciation and speaking skills. The oral part can be learned from video and listening activities with the online text and is a basic to our class. The textbook will be an outline text called Allez, Viens, and there will be online activities as assessments.

59 German I
Grades 11-12
Elective1 credit

Prerequisites: B average or principal’s permission
First year course for grades 11-12. Conversational exchanges as vocabulary and sentence structures are learned. Although the emphasis is on the spoken language, the written language is also studied. As the class progresses, students will be involved in reading exercises, listening comprehension skills and the learning of the history, geography, various songs and cultural aspects of the German speaking counties. Text: German Today I. Students must rank in the top half of the class.

60 German II
Grades 11-12
Elective1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of German I, B average or principal’s permission
Second year course. III/IV available if sufficient interest. Continues to emphasize the spoken language, but also stresses the further development of a wide range of vocabulary and an expanded understanding of the language as students are involved in a variety of writing and reading projects. Text: German Today I and II.

Summer School

The Summer School opportunity at Le Sueur-Henderson High School has three distinct purposes. The first is to offer a student the opportunity to brush up on basic skills in order to help them pass future classes and state tests. The second is to make up elective credit that is lost as a result of failed classes. The third is for students to meet the requirement set forth in the Le Sueur-Henderson High School Promotion Policy. The LSH summer school will offer courses in the summer and each will be worth 1/2 a credit.

Summer School English
This course will consist of basic skills in English including: grammar, basic writing, literal comprehension, and one speech. All requirements must be completed to receive credit.

Summer School Math
This course will consist of basic skills in Math including: computation, measuring, fractions, the metric system, algebra, and geometry. All requirements must be completed to receive credit.

The schoolwork required for meeting the requirements of the promotion policy will primarily focus on math and reading. Students must attend the 7-week program and upon successful completion will meet the requirements of the promotion policy.