Ready Graduate Qualifications


You can be a Ready Graduate

A “Ready Graduate” is a student who prepares for the real world through the innovative coursework offered at their school.

At MNPS, we encourage students to take advantage of the many opportunities available to prepare for college or a career. Each high school has courses that provide rigorous curriculum, hands-on job preparation and the ability to earn college and industry credits and certifications (for free!)

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSTo be a Ready Graduate, students are encouraged to complete one of the following:

• ACT Composite score of 21 or higher

• Four Early Post Secondary Opportunities, or EPSOs

• Two EPSOs & pass an industry certification

• Two EPSOs & a 31 on a military entrance exam - the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).


An Early Post Secondary Opportunity, or EPSO, is a high school course or program that allows a student to gain college credit or industry certification. In order for an EPSO to count, a student must take the applicable exam.

MNPS offers industry certification and Advanced Placement exams for FREE—so all students can take advantage of these opportunities.

EPSOs at Metro Schools include:

  • Advanced Placement Courses
    Advanced Placement is a program run by the College Board, the makers of the SAT, that allows you to take courses at your high school, which can earn you college credit and/or qualify you for more advanced classes when you begin college. Learn more on our advances courses web page.

  • Dual Enrollment
    Refers to students who earn academic credits at two institutions -- their high school and a college or university that participates in dual enrollment programs. Learn more on our Dual Enrollment page.

  • International Baccalaureate/Cambridge Programs

    Read about our advanced academic curriculum options.

  • Local Dual Credit

    Local dual credit is a high school course aligned to a local post-secondary institution's course and exam. Students who pass the exam earn credits that are accepted and/or recognized by the local post-secondary institution.

  • Industry Certification

    An industry certification is a credential recognized by business and industry at the local, state or national level. Industry certificates measure competency in an occupation, and they validate the knowledge base and skills that show mastery in a particular industry.

What are Your High School’s Current EPSO courses?

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