High School

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.




VOLUNTEER/JOB OPPORTUNITIES

  • Cyber-Seniors: Connecting Generations

    The ‘CyberSeniors: 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

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade 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. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own admissions requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis (see note below). Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO on a term by term basis.

By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year (whichever is earlier), schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.

There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course; however, students may incur fees for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed, textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies, or for tuition costs if they do not notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement.

Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions.

Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.

School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether on-line or on campus.

All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board’s decision to the commissioner. The commissioner’s decision regarding the number of credits will be final.

Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.

Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8th grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional postsecondary courses. If the student did not take the MCA in 8th-grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.

For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

We hold a PSEO information session for parents in the spring. If you are unable to attend the presentation, it is posted here.

If you have further questions, see this FAQ sheet provided by the MN Department of Higher Education, or contact our school counselor, Anna Walters.


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.

General Information/Links

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.

COLLEGE PLANNING RESOURCES


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.

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