Homeschooling doesn't have to happen at home!
Mid-Metro Academy is a Christian homeschool academy that offers academic, language, visual and performing arts, technology, and career-oriented classes to homeschooled students in grades 7 – 12. We meet in person in the former St. Mark's School building in St. Paul's charming Merriam Park neighborhood.
From a foundation of Christian values, Mid-Metro Academy offers academic, language, visual and performing arts, and career-oriented classes to homeschooled students in grades 7 – 12, preparing them for success in undergraduate programs, careers, and life.
Our homeschool academy classes meet in person one day per week--on Mondays and Wednesdays. Our highly qualified, personable instructors have a passion for their field and for working with youth.
At Mid-Metro Academy, you can design an ideal high school experience by combining core academics with special-interest courses. For young people who want to get an early start in today's gig economy, we offer career-oriented classes in business, technology, art, and design. Our STEAM (STEM + Arts) emphasis helps students build capabilities that will serve them well in the real world--like critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and resilience.
Classes begin Sept. 7, 2022, and end April 26, 2023.
Fall semester runs for 14 weeks (Wednesdays; no class Thanksgiving week) or 15 consecutive weeks (Mondays).
Spring semester begins Jan. 9, 2023, and runs for 15 weeks with a one-week spring break (week of Mar. 5).
Questions? Email [email protected]
Fall Showcase and Open House Canceled for Nov. 29--New Date TBD. Stay Tuned!
Join us on Tuesday evening, November 29, from 6:00 to 8:30 in the Cafeteria (lower level).
Our very own Holstein Herd (students in cow costumes) will be serving up free ice cream sundaes to everyone who attends!
Get a first-hand view of what our students are doing this semester, and preview the great classes we've got in store for spring semester.
Current families and families who are interested in joining us in January are welcome to come with their students in sixth to twelfth grades.
- View artwork created by students in Sandy Adler's art classes.
- View posters and brochures created by students in Lucas Brist's Graphic Design class.
- View photographs Allison Million's photography students have taken.
- Sample refreshments prepared by Sheila McAlpine's Culinary Arts classes.
- Watch swing dancing demonstrations by Joey Ray--and try some moves yourself.
- Hear our percussion ensemble led by Chris Paschen beat out a rousing rhythm.
- Enjoy magic tricks presented by Bob Miller, Magician! And see his memory techniques in action.
You'll have a chance to meet teachers, hear about upcoming classes, and socialize with other homeschooling families. We look forward to seeing you.
The event is free, but registrations are required. Members may register through our calendar app. Non-members may register on Eventbrite.
Register for Special Events: Dec. 6: Remember the Room
Register today to attend our special seminar hosted by MMA teacher Bob Miller.
Remember the Room
As a professional magician, Bob Miller routinely memorized the names of everyone in the audience. Here's a video of Bob recalling 80 names of audience members. He's received multiple requests from MMA parents to teach a memory class that they can attend. Here it is!
This quick course will introduce you to the basics of associating names with faces. You'll learn how to hold dozens of names in your short-term memory so you can recall the names of everyone you met at a business or social event.
You'll also receive a digital copy of Bob's Name Dictionary, which contains thousands of popular names translated into memorable visual images. Translating names into images is part of Bob's Three step process: Look! Listen! Link!
Tuition: $25/person; $45/two people from the same household
Join Us for Spring Semester
Spring semester begins on January 9, 2023, and--YES--we have room for you! Whether your student has already been taking classes with us or whether your family is brand new to MMA, we've got plenty of great options for you for second semester! If your student didn't attend MMA for fall semester but you're looking for a better approach, consider making a mid-year switch. Some of our full-year classes allow mid-year entry, and we have many new classes that start in January.
Beyond traditional classes like English, math, science, and social studies, we offer many arts, technology, and career-oriented classes that you won't find anywhere else. Students can let their creativity blossom in our creative arts classes, and/or they can foster their practical side in our tech and career-oriented courses.
High school shouldn't be one-size-fits-all. As a homeschooling family, you have the freedom to tailor your students' education to their skills, personality, aptitude, and interests. Whether your student is academically oriented or not so much--you'll find great options at Mid-Metro Academy.
"Start your side-hustle now!" is a great reason to take one or more of our career classes. After just one semester, students will be prepared to get hired as an employee or to enter the gig economy. They'll have what they need to start their own business as a bookkeeper, party entertainer, online media producer, or internet programmer. They can have their own small business--either in-person or web-based--while still in high school.
Registration for second-semester classes is now open.
If you're not already a Mid-Metro Academy member, join now!
We're Closer Than You Think!
Mid-Metro Academy meets at St. Mark's School, 1983 Dayton Avenue, St. Paul. Our easily accessed location is convenient to most parts of the Twin Cities metro area.
Just north of the University of St. Thomas, our neighborhood is quiet, safe, and picturesque. According to www.niche.com, our A+ rated area is the fourth-best neighborhood in St. Paul for raising a family.
Volunteers and students park for free in our lot or on adjacent streets. Parents can visit an abundance of nearby stores or coffee shops while students attend class, or they can reserve space in our Parent Lounge.
Register Today for These Great Second-Semester Classes!
The 2022-2023 school year has gotten off to a great start at MMA. We're serving over 150 homeschooled students in grades 6 - 12. We're looking forward to learning together in our second semester with our full-year classes and many new spring-semester courses.
It's not too late to join us as a new member or for current members to register for additional spring-semester classes. We accept registrations for open classes up to January 3 without a late fee.
The classes listed below are either full-year classes that accept mid-year entry or classes that begin on January 9 or 11. If you'd like to join a full-year class that's not listed here, email us for more information. For all our classes, students who have been taking a similar course elsewhere may be admitted at mid-year on a case-by-case basis.
So many great options!
Claim your spot in these great classes today!
Social Studies: Student Senate, U.S. Constitution, World Geography, Topics in American History, Worldviews
English: Read! Think! Write!; Creative Writing Workshop; Book Club
Communications: Communications, Online Media Creation & Management, Speaking Proudly (Girls' Persuasive Speech)
Math: Personal Finance
Fine Arts: Mixed Media, Oil Pastels, Photography, Culinary Arts 2, Crafting for Fun and Profit
Performing Arts: Acting 2, Acting: Advanced Character & Scene Study, Acting: Improv, Memory & Magic, Percussion Ensemble/Drumline, Guitar Group Lesson, Swing Dancing: East Coast 1 and 2
Personal Development: Career Exploration, Acting: Improv, Communications, Worldviews
Study Skills: Memory & Magic
Business & Technology: Online Media Creation & Management, Bookkeeping 1 & 2, Crafting for Fun and Profit, Memory & Magic
Engineering: Lego Engineering
Click HERE for a schedule showing the times courses are offered and to register.
Join Mid-Metro Academy today!
Some Classes Welcome Sixth-Graders
Do you have a sixth-grade student who is chomping at the bit to take classes outside your home?
Would your life be easier if your sixth-grader could be enrolled in a class at MMA at the same time as your older student?
We can help!
Many classes allow sixth-graders to enroll. Check out these great options for sixth-graders this year. (Day and period follow the course title.)
- Acting: Improv (W3)
- Art: Oil Pastels, and Mixed Media (M2 and M3)
- Culinary Arts (M4)
- Group Guitar Lesson (W1)
- Language Arts Skills Workshop (W2)
- Lego Engineering (M4)
- Percussion Ensemble/Drum Line (M5)
- Memory and Magic (W4)
Parents: We Make Your Life Easier!
Mid-Metro Academy exists to support parents in their family's homeschooling goals. The main way we do that is by providing classes that you can't or don't want to teach yourself.
But there's more! We help you in lots of other ways, too.
We offer an on-site Parent Lounge where you can get your own work done while your student attends classes. That can cut your driving time and expense in half since you don't have to drop off, go home, and return to campus.
We share tips with our families on how to make class days more efficient--whether through carpooling or taking advantage of the amenities in our neighborhood.
We connect you with resources that help you plan for high school and beyond.
Our social committee is planning events this fall to help your student--and you--get to know other homeschoolers.
Parents are welcome to enroll in some of our classes. Taking Swing Dancing with your student can be a fun bonding experience. Watch our website for special workshops and events that will be open to parents throughout the school year. For example, you'll be able to make a stained glass holiday decoration in one of our Stained Glass Creations workshops.
Prepare Your Student to Thrive in the Gig Economy
What's the gig economy, and why should you make sure your student is ready to successfully participate in it? The gig economy is growing three times faster than traditional employment. It's quickly moving from a fringe segment of the U.S. job market to a mainstream option.
Gig employment offers significant benefits like
- excellent balance between work and personal life
- impressive job satisfaction levels.
And it presents the potential for three-figure incomes for those who excel in their chosen specialty.
Whether your student intends to use gig work as a side hustle or as an end career goal, he or she can get started now. Mid-Metro Academy classes help students gain both the soft skills and technical skills they need to succeed in today's--and tomorrow's--gig economy.
For more information, watch this presentation by Mid-Metro Academy director Rebecca Hope.
We Offer the Best of Both Worlds in 2022-2023!
If you’re looking for the best learning environment for your student for the 2022-2023 school year, you’ve come to the right place! We believe students learn best in a dynamic, interactive, in-person setting, so we’re committed to meeting on-site at our wonderful St. Paul campus this year--just as we have for the past two years. Our classes meet in physical space—not cyberspace.
To get a feel for what it's like at MMA, check out our Photo Albums. It's an awesome learning community.
Since our classes meet once a week, students and families enjoy the flexibility and convenience of the hybrid/blended model that works so well with the homeschooling lifestyle. Choose to attend classes on one or two days: Mondays and/or Wednesdays. Our teachers use a flipped-classroom approach, which means that students access content at home through various media including video, textbooks, and handouts. Depending on the class, they’ll have homework that helps them apply what they’ve accessed. When students come to class each week, they’ll engage in social learning activities like discussions, group projects, simulations, and experiments plus get real-time feedback from their teacher. These kinds of experiences make learning stick—even as they build soft skills like teamwork, communication, and resilience.
Whether you're just getting started with homeschooling or have been doing it for years, our classes are a great option for the 2022-2023 school year. If you're considering joining us this year but want to learn more, email [email protected] We're always excited to welcome new families!
Register for spring classes now.
You must be a member of Mid-Metro Academy to register for classes. Join today!
29 Fall Showcase and Open House: POSTPONED!!!!
Fall Showcase and Open House
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
30 Register for Spring Semester Classes!
November 30 - Wednesday
05 Remember the Room Seminar
December 5 - Monday
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
08 FALL SHOWCASE AND OPEN HOUSE: NEW DATE!
FALL SHOWCASE AND OPEN HOUSE
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
14 Last Day of Wednesday Classes for Fall Semester
December 14 - Wednesday
19 Last Day of Monday Classes for Fall Semester
December 19 - Monday
21 Christmas Break--No Classes!
December 21 - Wednesday
26 Christmas Break--No Classes!
December 26 - Monday
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Thanks for Your Donation!
Thanks to your generosity, we've paid for a special air purifier that uses ultraviolet light and HEPA filtration to remove viruses, bacteria, and fungi from the air. Mid-Metro Academy has other needs that you can support, such as new furniture for the 2022-2023 school year. Donations of any amount are always appreciated. Just click the "Donate" button to bless us via PayPal. Thank you!