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 with each semester class earning 1/2 credit. Many of our course offerings are listed on our HIGH SCHOOL COURSE OFFERINGS page. All of our classes are designed by our own teachers specifically for the students they have, so the content can 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.
SUMMER COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR RISING JUNIORS AND SENIORS
- Gustavus Aldolphus College High Altitude Ballooning Camp
- St. Kate’s First Step Institute (women of color, indigenous women only)
- University of Wisconsin – Madison Summer Arts Intensive (reciprocal rates apply)
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 the school for more information.
PSEO GENERAL INFORMATION
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 are not ready for PSEO during this time, so we strongly encourage students to wait until junior or senior years.
We hold a PSEO information session for parents in the spring of their student’s sophomore year. If you are unable to attend the presentation, it is posted here.
PSEO: LOCAL COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY LINKS
- College of St. Scholastica
- Concordia University
- St. Paul College
- St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s)
- Hamline University
- Hennepin Technical College
- Inver Hills Community College
- Metropolitan State University
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design
- Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC)
- Normandale Community College
- University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
INFORMATION AND DATES 2020/2021
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: January 26, 2021 (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: October 6, 2020 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 2021 at UMA (for Sophomores)
- SAT: Spring (not offered at UMA)
The SAT is required for some colleges and universities, but the majority of schools also take the ACT. If a student opts to take this test, 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.
UPCOMING COLLEGE EVENTS
While most schools offer daily tours you can sign up for individually, these links are for upcoming group events.
MN Private Colleges Week
Find out what Minnesota private colleges and universities have to offer!
Come on your own or with your parents. These introductory campus tours and informational meetings can serve as a first step to help you discover just what you’re looking for in a college — especially if you are early in your search. Sessions are held from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EXCEPT for the joint sessions held by the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, which run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.