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FAQs

Covid-19 Response

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How is Mid-Metro Academy responding to the COVID-19 situation?

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Mid-Metro Academy classes will meet on site and in person beginning in September. We will continue with in-person instruction unless an enforced shutdown requires us to transition to remote learning temporarily. In that case, our instructors will provide an educational alternative that approximates the course that was originally planned. Our instructors have all become proficient in Zoom meetings, and many delivered their spring classes virtually after the Stay at Home order was issued. We'll provide a high-quality remote-learning experience again if we must do so, but.we're committed to the face-to-face delivery model because it allows students to engage more fully with the teacher, other students, and the course content.

Mid-Metro Academy has developed a COVID-19 Response Plan that describes the extra precautions we will take to help ensure a safe environment for students, teachers, and volunteers. Individual instructors have each developed their own response plans as well, which they will communicate to their students' parents.

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What procedures will be used to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus?

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We take the health and safety of our community very seriously and have developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Response Plan. Student desks will be cleaned between classes, and other surfaces such as light switches, handrails, and door handles will be disinfected daily. Hand sanitizer will be available in each room, and recommended handwashing procedures will be practiced by all teachers, staff, and volunteers. Anyone who enters the classroom area must be free of potential COVID-19 symptoms; temperatures will be taken using a touch-free thermometer. Although we are not a school, we will consider the state-issued guidance for public and charter schools when forming or modifying our health and safety plans. We are required to follow the Minnesota face mask mandate enacted via Executive Order 20-81, which requires anyone who is not exempt to wear a face covering while in the building.

General

Q:

Is Mid-Metro Academy up and running?

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We're brand new, but classes start in September 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. Many highly qualified instructors have agreed to teach at Mid-Metro Academy. We'll be meeting at St. Mark's School, 1983 Dayton Ave., St. Paul. Schedules for Monday (core classes), Tuesday (PSEO), and Wednesday (Career Track and extra sections of Monday classes) are posted. Registration will be open until the second week of class. The last day to register without a late fee is August 21. 

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Is Mid-Metro Academy the new YEAH Academy?

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No. YEAH Academy, a pioneer of homeschool tutoring organizations that led the way since 1988, closed its campus at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Many of the instructors who taught at YEAH for years are partnering with Mid-Metro Academy to continue the relationships they formed with former YEAH families and to keep the face-to-face academy option available for new families. Mid-Metro owes a debt of gratitude to Skip and Cher Baumhoefner and the YEAH board for providing the venue that has helped our teachers and families form such strong bonds of mutual support. The Baumhoefners were fully supportive of the launch of Mid-Metro Academy, allowing us to promote our start-up operation to the YEAH membership and student body. However, there is no official affiliation between YEAH or YEAH Academy and Mid-Metro Academy. 

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Where do classes meet?

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Classes meet at 1983 Dayton Ave., St. Paul, in the school building owned by the Church of St. Mark. This is a beautiful facility in a lovely, safe metropolitan neighborhood just northeast of the University of St. Thomas. 

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When do classes meet?

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Click on Class Schedule on our menu bar to see the times for each class. Non-PSEO classes meet on on Mondays and Wednesdays in 90-minute blocks. Class periods begin at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. with a half-hour lunch period at noon. Semesters run for 15 consecutive weeks with no breaks. This allows us to begin after Labor Day and end before May.  

For the 2020-2021 school year, fall dates (Mondays) are September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; and December 7, 14, and 21. Spring dates (Mondays) are January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; and April 5, 12, 19, and 26.

PSEO dates (Tuesdays) follow this schedule rather than the North Central University calendar: Fall Semester: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; and December 1, 8, 15. Spring Semester: January 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; and April 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Wednesday Career Track and academy class dates are as follows: Fall Semester: September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18, 25; and December 2, 9, 16. Spring Semester: January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; and April 7, 14, 21, and 28.

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What are the fees?

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Before registering for classes, each family must pay a membership fee of $60. Tuition is set by each instructor and varies by class, but typical rates are $220 - $250 per class per semester. The registration fee helps pay for academy expenses such as rent, website hosting, and accounting.

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Is Mid-Metro Academy a homeschool co-op?

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No. We are an organization that provides academic, arts, career, and PSEO classes taught by qualified teachers to home-educated students in grades 7 - 12. Although we aren't a parent-run entity, we value and depend on parent support to help our organization function. With that in mind, we need a vibrant Parent-Teacher Association to ensure that our academy continues to meet the changing needs of the new generation of homeschooled youth. Stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved. We also require as part of your family membership that one adult per family sign up for one volunteer slot per semester. Volunteer duties will include setting up and taking down rooms; monitoring hallways, study hall, and lunchroom; and assisting in other ways that will reduce the need to hire paid staff. This allows us to keep our fees reasonable. 

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What are the parent's responsibilities?

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Parents supervise and help their students with the homework Mid-Metro Academy instructors assign. Parents may communicate concerns or questions directly to the instructor to ensure their students' success in the class. Since students are homeschooled, parents assign the grades, although they can rely on feedback and assignment scores provided by class instructors. Mid-Metro Academy is a drop-off class situation, which means that parents don't remain on-site and don't attend classes with their students. Parents are responsible to make sure their students arrive for classes on time and are picked up promptly when the student's classes are finished. Students cannot be on-site if they aren't in class (except for the lunch period). With your initial family registration each year, you will sign up on the website for one slot per semester of volunteer work for the academy. This work will involve monitoring hallways or lunchroom or setting up or tearing down classrooms. Parents who are unable to donate their time in this way may purchase a waiver for $25 per semester. 

Mid-Metro Academy values parent input. Parents have a chance to become involved with Mid-Metro Academy's Parent-Teacher Association. We would love a parent leadership team to take on this project. If you are interested in volunteering in this way to help launch Mid-Metro Academy, please email Rebecca Hope at director@midmetroacademy.com.

Classes

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What classes does Mid-Metro Academy offer?

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We offer academic, arts, career-oriented, and PSEO classes for students in grades 7 - 12. Click on Classes on the menu bar for a listing of our current offerings. Click on the name of the class to see its description. Class Offerings are arranged as follows:

Monday: Core class offerings for students in grades 7 - 12, including academic classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies), arts (art, drama, culinary arts), and languages (ASL, Spanish, French).

Tuesday: PSEO classes for college-ready juniors and seniors who have been accepted by North Central University and have registered for PSEO Cohort. 

Wednesday: Additional sections of classes held on Mondays for students in grades 7 - 12 as well as ACT Prep classes (fall only).

Wednesday: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Career Track classes for students in grades 8 - 12 who want to jumpstart a career in web development, graphic design, or digital writing and publishing. 

 

 

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Do you offer PSEO classes?

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Yes! We're pleased to be able to offer a one-of-a-kind Post-Secondary Enrollment Option designed to meet the unique needs of homeschooled high school juniors and seniors. Classes will be delivered traditionally, face-to-face, rather than in online or hybrid formats. Courses and student life opportunities make our program the best of both worlds: Retaining a close-knit and supportive high school experience while easing into the challenging and rewarding world of college. North Central University is our partner in this exciting new approach to PSEO. A limited number of students will be admitted into Mid-Metro Academy's PSEO program. To ensure that your student can claim his or her place in the program, you may register for PSEO Cohort simultaneously with his/her PSEO application to NCU. For more information, click on PSEO on the menu bar.

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Can I register my student for a class outside the recommended grade range?

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Instructors may allow a student to register who is older or younger than the specified grade range for the class. Especially in our first year of operation, we realize that students who took classes as middle school students at YEAH Academy may have already completed a prerequisite class and may be ready to move on to the next class early. For example, students who took Rebecca Hope's Writing with Confidence Level Half as fifth graders will be admitted to her Intro Level or Level 1 class as sixth graders at Mid-Metro. Such situations require instructor approval and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

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Is a study hall option available?

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Yes. For a small fee, students can remain on site during a free period on Mondays or Wednesdays in our supervised study hall. Register for Study Hall just as you would register for a class.

Registering for Classes

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How do I register?

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Registration for fall semester 2020 begins after the April 28 Virtual Open House. The process is as follows:

1. Click Join on the Upper Menu Bar or on the Login Dropdown

2. Request membership in Mid-Metro Academy.

3. Complete the online registration form.

4. Pay $60.00 annual family membership fee.

5. Wait for an email from Mid-Metro Academy confirming your membership. This should take only 24 - 48 hours. 

6. Log in to this website with the username and password you chose.

7. Click on Classes > Class Registration. (Registration for PSEO Cohort is now open; registration for non-PSEO classes opens May 1 for charter members and May 6 for all  members.)

8. Click on the classes you want and follow the prompts.

9. Pay online for classes via PayPal.

10. You will receive confirmation of your classes and payment via email.



 

Instructors

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Who are the instructors?

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Our instructors are highly qualified teachers who are passionate about their fields and about working with youth. Many have taught at homeschool academies and/or co-ops for years. They have served hundreds of homeschooling families, not only providing quality education but becoming trusted mentors and role models for home educated young people. Many hold advanced degrees and/or have decades of experience in their fields and in education. Our instructors include Sandy Adler (art), Carla Barwineck (dramatic arts), Miranda Brist (Social Studies and Graphic Design), Leigh Delisi (math), Rebecca Hope (English writing and literature), Kay Kelly (Science), Myndi Lawrence (Communications), Marit Lunstad (Communications), Sheila McAlpine (American Sign Language and Culinary Arts), Dave Racer (Civics and American Government), Chris Paschen (Entrepreneurship, Web Development, and Jazz Ensemble), and Ryan Thornton (French).

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How can I contact an instructor?

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Click on the instructor's name under his or her picture on our Instructors page. Contact information is shown above each instructor's bio and list of courses.