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Blended Learning Academic Program

Is the Academic Program at Pillsbury College Prep Accredited?

Yes. The blended learning academic program at Pillsbury College Prep is nationally accredited. Courses provided by our online program are accredited by SACS and nationally accredited by AdvancED, and therefore, all courses taken from PCP are nationally accredited.

120+ Classes are accessible 24/7 and are aligned with national standards. The course teachers are highly qualified with masters certifications or above. All teachers are highly qualified and certified within the subject matter they teach.

PCP provides in-classroom learning with a blended model to compliment on-line classes. One-on-one student instruction is available as needed for students at Pillsbury College Prep.

Our students are encouraged to stay in constant communication with course teachers, either by speaking with them directly in the classroom, via phone, email, video chat, instant messaging or text.

  • A nationally accredited private school with high academic program standards.
  • Small classroom sizes with online individual instruction and pacing utilizing teachers in the classroom for one on one help.
  • 120+ courses available, including A.P. and Honors
  • Learn and intern in fields that interest you from aviation, entrepreneurship, veterinary science, medicine, fashion, etc.
  • Year round boarding school offering an entrepreneurial academic environment in which to thrive both educationally and personally.
  • Opportunities for students to excel both academically and in areas of personal interest.
  • Great cultural experience for all students. Students and staff come from all over the United States and around the world.
  • Many of our after school and Camp Pillsbury summer activities are accredited as High School elective credits.
  • Students have the opportunity to expand their learning experience by joining clubs, discussion forums,  competitions, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can a student enroll at any time during the year?

Yes, we have an open enrollment policy. A student may apply for admissions to the academic program at any time during the school year. Our Fall Semester traditionally begins in September, the first Tuesday after Labor Day, and Spring Semester begins January 2 or 3.

How does a student apply to the academic program?

Students interested in applying for admissions to PCP should complete the registration form located on this website. Should you have any questions, please contact Pillsbury College Prep at 507-214-2200 or via email at

The student returns the application with an updated transcript.

Upon review of courses and grades, we develop a Graduation Plan. We outline the courses the student will be required to complete to meet the U.S. Graduation Standard. PCP contacts the student to select the courses for enrollment. The student can enroll in as many, or as few, additional required courses as they desire. We recommend a maximum of six courses in a semester, with two of these classes being accredited electives from PCP. After school and weekend high school accredited electives are fun. Extracurricular activities are designed to promote personal growth and expand interests.

Each academic course is a semester course and is individually paced. PCP will have all students strive to complete this program within 18 weeks each semester. Students will attend required academic classroom instruction six (6) hours per day, Monday – Friday. If needed, study hall and tutoring activities will be available after school and weekends, to ensure students are on target and are excelling. The program supports an open enrollment policy, which means that students can enroll in courses at any time. Students have 24/7 access to course and technical support via an internet connection and regularly-scheduled interaction with individual teachers via e-mail, video chat, text, instant messaging and telephone for each on-line course in addition to the classroom teachers.

What are the fees associated with this academic program?

All costs are covered in the Pillsbury Boarding School fees and include four academic classes and two PCP after class accredited elective. If additional academic courses are desired, the cost is $685 per semester course. A maximum of six academic courses per semester is allowed.

If a student drops a course, are there any negative repercussions?

No. We realize that each student is unique and subject to a unique set of circumstances. If a student enrolls in five courses and finds that their time does not allow for them to maintain enrollment in all five courses, the student may drop one or more of the courses subject to the refund policy outlined. Dropping a class does not affect continued enrollment in other classes nor does it affect future enrollment.

If circumstances change and the student enrolls as a full time student in a public or private school, are the courses transferable?

Yes. The credits are nationally accredited and curriculum courses taken at PCP are transferable to another school. At the completion of each course in which the student has enrolled, an official transcript is issued to the student indicating the course and the grade earned. How many credits are required to meet Graduation Standards? Currently, a student is required to complete 23 Carnegie units of Credit as follows (each Unit = 2 semesters): 4 Carnegie Units of Language Arts; 4 Carnegie Units of Science; 4 Carnegie Units of Math; 3 Carnegie Units of Social Studies; 2 Carnegie Units of Modern Foreign Language; 1 Carnegie Unit of Fine Arts; ½ Carnegie Unit of Physical Education (1 semester); ½ Carnegie Unit of Health (1 semester); 4 Carnegie Units of Electives (other PE Classes, Geography, Music, other Art Classes, etc.)

Are Advanced Placement (AP) Courses Offered?

Yes. The academic program offers 16 AP Courses. Note: we encourage the student to begin the course work at the beginning of a normal school year in order to be prepared for the Advanced Placement Tests administered the following May. Students not given adequate time to master the material generally find the test even more challenging.

Are students assigned an online instructor for each semester of course enrollment?

Yes. Every course has an online certified teacher who is a vital component to the Program. PCP also has in class room teachers and tutors to make sure the work is completed daily, timely and assistance provided when needed.

Do courses require outside materials and, if so, are there any additional charges?

In some instances, the course may require additional materials; however associated tuition covers those costs; therefore, there are not additional material fees.

Are there extra-curricular/enrichment student activities associated with the academic program?

Yes. Students can participate in various online clubs and activities.

For Example:

  • Extra-Curricular Activities: Global School students may participate in any of eleven online clubs including Spanish, English Honor Societies, International Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Science Club and Newspaper Club.
  • Enrichment Activities: Students are welcome to join activities such as the Spring Literacy Fair, Career Day, College Hub Webinars, the World Hunger Forum, the Voter Registration Drive, the African-American Literature Read-in, and much more.
  • Student Interaction: Global School allows students to have many opportunities to collaborate with each other all over the world. They can join the Socratic Café to develop discussion, debate, and presentation skills, or work with others on a science, business, literature or language project.
  • Cultural Experiences: PCP also offers many cultural experiences and performing opportunities in sports and performing arts. We look to participate in local school, and community programs that arise. When possible, students can compete in local, state, regional and national competitions. Our goal is to afford students opportunities that will help them gain confidence, and provide them with new experiences to help them grow in many ways.
  • Entrepreneurship: PCP wants students to learn about entrepreneurship and business. Students will learn how an idea turns into an actual business. Students will learn the different facets of running a business through a local school business concept or in a volunteer work program at local companies for students ages 16-18 years old.

Pillsbury College Prep inspires kids to find their passion and encourages them to participate in theater productions, scouts, youth groups, community education activities, sports, clubs and weekend sight seeing and fun learning excursions.

Learn more about Our Boarding School Activities