High School: Grades 9 – 12
High school teachers at UMA understand the importance of these four years both academically and socially. Teachers collaborate across subjects to break down traditional silos, and students learn to work together and take charge of designing and discovering their own learning.
Credits for high school classes are earned by semesters. Each semester class is worth 1/2 credit. Courses listed on our Course Offerings page state whether the class is offered as a year-long class (1) or a semester class (.5).
All of our classes are designed by teachers specifically for the students they have, so the content is subject to change from year to year, but all required courses for graduation from the state of Minnesota are offered, and requirements for state standards are met.
For more information regarding high school graduation requirements, see the information bar to the right.
Cyber-Seniors: Connecting Generations
The ‘Cyber–Seniors: Connecting Generations’ program aims to promote intergenerational connections. Its goal is to engage youth mentors in bridging the technology gap by empowering older adults to use technology to expand their social and physical worlds. In addition, teens come away from the program with skills and credentials that are recognized by employers and post-secondary school educators as holding real value. Contact Jane Greenberg for more information.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
INFORMATION AND DATES 2018/2019
While UMA does not focus on standardized test taking, our students are prepared to take the most common college entrance exams required by the majority of colleges and universities.
Dates of Exams at UMA
- PSAT: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at UMA (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.)
This is a practice SAT test and may qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship. We encourage all 11th graders to take this test. It is also available to 10th graders.
- ACT: February 20, 2018 at UMA (for Juniors)
The ACT is required for a multitude of colleges and universities. We recommend taking the ACT in the spring of junior year. UMA will offer the ACT (without writing) one time, but students may take it at any location offered and may take it as many times as they like. Most colleges will accept a student’s highest score.
- Pre-ACT: Spring 2018 at UMA (for Sophomores)
- SAT: Spring 2018 (not offered at UMA)
The SAT is required for some colleges and universities. We recommend taking the SAT in the spring of junior year. UMA will not offer the SAT at our school, but we will make every effort to help students find a location and get registered if they choose to take the SAT. Students may take the SAT as many times as they like. Colleges will accept a student’s highest score.
The MN state-sponsored Post Secondary Enrollment Options allows students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades to take courses on a college campus and earn dual credit for high school and college. The course offerings sophomore year are very limited, and we have found most students not ready for PSEO during this time, so we strongly encourage students to wait until junior or senior years. UMA directs interested students to the appropriate resources during the spring of their sophomore year to apply for fall placements. If students are accepted into a program, they are expected to work with their advisors and counselors to determine a schedule that will allow for them to be present for their continuing UMA classes.