Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC)
The St. Mary’s University of Minnesota Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC) provides college level and credit courses to parochial secondary school students in the high school setting. Currently, De La Salle Institute offers the following courses in co-operation with the PACC program:
Benefits of PACC to De La Salle Students:
PACC delivers on-site course work through the team efforts of a SMU faculty member, a secondary school classroom instructor, students, the DLS Assistant Principal, and the SMU program administrator. St. Mary’s is dedicated to serving and strengthening the nation’s religiously affiliated high schools.
Student participants must rank in the top 20% of their class, score in at least the 50% percentile on a standardized test, maintain a 3.0/4.0 grade point average, or receive approval by the De La Salle PACC Program Coordinator. College credit is earned from St. Mary’s University if a student receives at least a “B” grade average in the course for the year.
Over the past (5) years, an average of 60 students have enrolled in this program each year and have earned over 375 transferrable college credits annually. At the discretion of the receiving institution, these credits are used in one of two ways: either as a direct fulfillment of equivalent content courses, or as general education credits.
Honors & Advanced Placement Courses
By design, De La Salle Institute does not teach courses to specifically prepare students for AP exams or develop our curriculum to conform to external standardized assessments. A number of De La Salle students each year choose to prepare independently for a variety of AP exams and perform well.
Below is a sampling of our Honors and AP courses: