Academics

Building Assets Reducing Risks

BARR (Building Assets Reducing Risks) was founded at St. Louis Park High School 21 years ago. The model has gained national recognition and is now implemented at more than 100 schools across the country! BARR is the framework that provides the opportunity to get to know each of our student’s strengths and interests during a critical transition time (Gr. 9) in their education. As educators, we leverage the knowledge we gain through relationship building and I-Time to better engage and challenge our students.

Departments and Classes

St. Louis Park High School offers approximately 160 different classes in 10 academic departments, including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) offerings.  

Our academic departments:
Other Programs:

Advanced Placement is a program of college-level courses offered at St. Louis Park High School. Thirteen different courses are currently being offered in multiple subject areas: math, science, English, history, languages, psychology and humanities. College credit can be earned by performance on exams.

St. Louis Park High School became an IB World School in 2000. The IB Program is a rigorous two-year college preparatory program. Juniors and seniors can self-select to enroll in individual IB courses or be a full diploma candidate. If you have any questions concerning the IB Program, please contact Jennifer Magdal at 952-928-6134 or magdal.jennifer@slpschools.org.

The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging program that prepares students for university and beyond. College credit can be earned by taking final exams. IB courses are available a la carte to all juniors and seniors. IB Diploma candidates complete the entire program to earn an internationally recognized IB Diploma. College credit can be earned by performance on exam

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows grades 10-12 students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Visit www.slpschools.org/PSEO for more information.

Career & College Readiness

The Career & College Readiness (CCR) Program at St. Louis Park High School assists students in developing their individualized career and/or postsecondary education plan. The CCR office and website – www.slpschools.org/ccr – are places to find resources for career and college (any post-secondary education) planning, including: 

  • Grade level career & college benchmarks 
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) forms
  • Post-Secondary Education and Military Admissions 
  • Resumé and interview help