Advanced Academics

Advanced Academics Opportunities at MNPS Virtual School

MNPS Virtual School provides students with many opportunities to enroll in advanced coursework.

Students are encouraged to challenge themselves academically and take advantage of the opportunities listed below that best align with their postsecondary aspirations and goals. Many of these opportunities can be applied toward college credit to save both time and money in the future. v learn

Metro Schools encourages all students to consider pursuing challenging courses. Advanced courses can open future doors, be rewarding intellectually, and help students stretch themselves to reach their potential. 

Students enrolled in MNPS Virtual School can work with their school counselor to learn more about, and enroll, in advanced courses.

Advanced Academics Course Categories

  • Honors — Honors courses allow students to challenge themselves with increased rigor and an in-depth understanding of course content.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) — Advanced Placement courses allow students to take courses in many different subjects and then complete an exam in May to potentially earn college credit. Additional Advanced Placement options are available through Tennessee's AP Access for All program. For more information, visit the Early Post-Secondary Opportunities webpage or speak with your school counselor.
  • Dual Credit (DC) — Dual Credit courses allow students to earn college credits by passing a college exam.
  • Dual Enrollment (DE) — Dual Enrollment courses allow students to earn college credits by passing a college course, most commonly offered through Nashville State Community College.


To enroll in an Advanced Academics course, it is recommended for a student to have a grade of 85% or higher with TCAP/EOC score(s) of On-Track or Mastery in the preceding academic course. Contact your school counselor to discuss AP, DC, and DE course prerequisites.

Parents of students who enroll in an advanced academic course have the option to request that the student be removed from the course prior to the end of the first grading period.


Metro Schools Advanced Academics

To learn more about these Advanced Academic courses and other opportunities, including Dual Enrollment courses offered through Nashville State Community College and Tennessee's AP for All program, review Courses and Programs for High School Students.