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FAQs



General

Q:

Is Mid-Metro Academy continuing in 2022-2023?

A:

Absolutely! We've successfully completed our first two years. Our third year begins on September 7, 2022, and we'd love to have new families join us. Most of our teachers from last year will return this fall, and we're bringing on new instructors as well. We continue to meet at St. Mark's School, 1983 Dayton Ave., St. Paul. Registration is open, but some classes are full or nearly full. The last day to register without a late fee is August 15, 2022. We accept registrations until the second week of classes in the fall for any classes that haven't filled.

Q:

Is Mid-Metro Academy the new YEAH Academy?

A:

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 partnered 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. 

Q:

Where do classes meet?

A:

Classes meet at 1983 Dayton Ave., St. Paul, in the school building owned by the Church of St. Mark. It's a beautiful facility with charming, spacious rooms. We're convenient to most places in the metro area. Our neighborhood--just north of the University of St. Thomas--is quiet, safe, and picturesque. It has an A+ rating from www.niche.com, which rates it as the fourth-best neighborhood in St. Paul in which to raise a family.

Q:

When do classes meet?

A:

Click HERE to see the times for each class. Monday and Wednesday classes meet 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 14 or 15 weeks with few breaks. This allows us to begin after Labor Day and end before May.  

For the 2022-2023 school year:

Mondays: Classes begin Sept. 12, 2022, and end April 24, 2023. Fall semester runs for 15 consecutive weeks. Spring semester begins Jan. 9, 2023, and runs for 15 weeks with a one-week spring break (Mar. 6).

Wednesdays: Classes begin Sept. 7, 2022, and end April 26, 2023. Fall Semester is 14 weeks (Thanksgiving week off). Spring Semester begins Jan. 11, 2023, and runs for 15 weeks with a one-week spring break (Mar. 8). 

Q:

What are the fees?

A:

At Mid-Metro Academy, we strive to keep tuition and fees reasonable so we can provide you an excellent value for your education dollar. Before registering for classes, each family must pay a membership fee of $75. Tuition is set by each instructor and varies by class, but typical rates are $225 - $250 per class per semester. The registration fee helps pay for academy expenses such as rent, website hosting, and accounting. 

Q:

Is Mid-Metro Academy a homeschool co-op?

A:

No. We're a nonprofit organization that provides academic, arts, career, and technology 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. As part of your family membership, we ask that one adult sign up for one volunteer slot (4 hours) per semester. Volunteer duties include monitoring study halls and lunchrooms and assisting in other ways that reduce staff costs. This allows us to keep our fees reasonable. Those who can't volunteer or don't want to can purchase a volunteer waiver for $40 per semester.

Q:

What are the parents' responsibilities?

A:

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, Study Hall, or lunchrooms or assisting at MMA events. Parents who are unable to donate their time in this way may purchase a waiver for $40 per semester. 

Classes

Q:

What classes does Mid-Metro Academy offer?

A:

We offer core academic, arts, business, and technology classes for students in grades 7 - 12. Click Classes on the menu bar for our 2022-2023 schedule. Click on the name of the class to see its description. For 2022-2023, our classes include: 

  • Academic core subjects: Communications, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Health
  • Business: Start Your Own Business, Crafting for Fun and Profit, Bookkeeping
  • Creative Arts: Drawing Basics, Mixed Media, Stained Glass Creations, Crafting for Fun and Profit, Culinary Arts, Photography, Creative Writing Workshop, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Outdoor Design
  • Languages: American Sign Language and Spanish
  • Music: Guitar class, Percussion Ensemble/Drumline
  • Performing Arts: Acting 1 & 2, Acting: Advanced Character & Scene Study, Acting: Improv, Swing Dancing, Memory & Magic
  • Personal Development: Teamwork & Leadership, Worldviews, Study Skills for the 21st Century, Career Exploration, Memory & Magic, Personal Finance
  • Study Skills: ACT Review Math/Science, ACT Prep English/Reading, Study Skills for the 21st Century
  • Technology: Introduction to Real-World Programming, Programming for the Internet, Online Media Production & Management, Build Your Own Website, Microsoft Office & More, Introduction to Computer Technology

Q:

Do you offer PSEO classes?

A:

Unfortunately, our PSEO program for 2022-2023 has been canceled. An announcement about whether we will offer PSEO in 2023-2024 will be made during the school year. 

Q:

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

A:

Instructors may allow a student to register who is older or younger than the specified grade range for the class. Such situations require instructor approval and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Feel free to email the instructor to discuss special situations. 

Q:

Is a study hall option available?

A:

Yes. For a $50/period/semester, 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. We have "social study hall" and "quiet study hall" options.

Registering for Classes

Q:

How do I register?

A:

Registration for 2022-2023 is open. The process is as follows:

1. If you're not yet a member, 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 the $75.00 annual family membership fee. (If you're a returning member, pay your renewal membership invoice.)

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

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

7. Click on Classes > Register for Classes.  

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

Q:

Who are the instructors?

A:

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 for 2022-2023 include Sandy Adler (art), Hannah Bauer (Photography 2), Cher Baumhoefneer (interior & outdoor design and intercultural studies), Miranda Brist (World Geography), Lucas Brist (Graphic Design and dramatic arts), Leigh Delisi (math), Krista Gordhamer (Stained Glass Creations and Crafting for Fun and Profit), Krista Haskins (health), Rebecca Hope (English), Rebekah Jorgensen (Personal Finance, Worldviews, Leadership, and Lego Engineering), Kay Kelly (Science), Leslie Kleppe (SciGirls), Myndi Lawrence (communications and dramatic arts), Sheila McAlpine (American Sign Language and Culinary Arts), Bob Miller (Memory & Magic), Allison Million (photography), Chris Paschen (business, technology, and percussion ensemble), Ana Grace Plotts (Spanish), Dave Racer (American Government, Contemporary Issues, Student Senate, and U.S. Constitution), Joey Ray (dance), Chris Depoian (guitar), and Mikaela Swedlund (American History, study skills, career exploration, and book club).

Q:

How can I contact an instructor?

A:

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. 

Covid-19 Response

Q:

What procedures will be used to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses?

A:

We take the health and safety of our community very seriously. We successfully navigated the COVID-19 epidemic during the last two years with little disruption, and we look forward to fully normal operations in 2022-2023.

Mid-Metro Academy will continue to meet on site and in person unless mandates force a pivot to remote learning. 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. We have good ventilation in our rooms and use an air purification system that removes bacteria, viruses, and fungi from the air. We follow recommended cleaning and disinfecting protocols in our classrooms.

Recognizing that our families can make informed health decisions for themselves and their children, we didn't require anyone to wear a face mask once mandates were lifted. We never inquire about vaccination status.

Q:

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

A:

Mid-Metro Academy will meet on site and in person for the 2022-2023 school year. 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. We have good ventilation in our rooms and use an air purification system that removes bacteria, viruses, and fungi from the air. We follow recommended cleaning and disinfecting protocols in our classrooms. 

Mid-Metro Academy's COVID-19 Response Plan is available on the website and will be updated as needed in response to any surges of illness in the future. Our overall philosophy is to leave health-related decisions in the hands of our families to the extent we can (subject to any government mandates we are required to follow).