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 6 – 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 6 – 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. 6, 2023, and end May 1, 2024.
Fall semester runs for 14 weeks (Wednesdays; no class Thanksgiving week) or 15 consecutive weeks (Mondays).
Spring semester begins Jan. 15, 2024, and runs for 15 weeks with a one-week spring break (week of Mar. 11).
Questions? Email [email protected].
Find Out More about MMA at Special Events
Our Spring Open House and Showcase on April 25 rocked! Many current families attended, and new families came to find out what all the excitement is about. If you missed it, don't worry! We've got more events planned for this summer where you can learn about our plans for 2023 - 2024, meet our awesome teachers, and get answers to your questions. Watch this space and the calendar (lower left) for events. In the meantime, if you're planning to attend the North Homeschool Book Sale on May 11 or the Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference, be sure to stop by our table!
Showcase: Graphic Design, Photography, and Creative Writing Student Work
Top Picks for MMA Classes
Many families who enroll their students at MMA trust our classes to cover core subject areas. Others may meet core subject needs at home and come to MMA for electives. Most families take a mix of core classes and electives.
If you're looking to fill the traditional educational requirements for your student's grade, you can't go wrong with our perennial favorites. Here are some of our most popular classes--classes we recommend for all students as they complete grades 6 to 12.
English: Writing with Confidence Intro Level B, Level 1, and Level 2; and Read! Think! Write! with Mrs. Rebecca Hope
Math: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Algebra; and Geometry with Mrs. Leigh Delisi
Science: General Science, Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry with Mrs. Kay Kelly
Social Studies: Geography with Ms. Miranda Brist and American Government and Student Senate with Mr. Dave Racer
Art: Drawing Basics, Beginning Oil Pastels, and Mixed Media with Mrs. Sandy Adler
Languages: American Sign Language 1 and 2 with Mrs. Sheila McAlpine and/or Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 with Senora Ana Grace Plotts
Technology: Tech Readiness and Intro to Computer Technology with Mr. Chris Paschen
New for 2023-2024!
Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open. In 2022-2023, we served about 170 homeschooled students in grades 6 - 12. We welcome new families to join us this fall for the 2023-2024 school year. In addition to our perennial favorites, we're happy to offer some great new options for full-year and single-semester classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.
NEW for 2023-2024:
Social Studies: Worldviews, Econ 'n' Me, Minnesota History
Science: Science Seminar
English: Nanowrimo Novel Writing, Step by Step to Essay Success, WordSmart
Communications: Storytelling across Mediums
Fine Arts: Craft Club, Fabulous Fiber Crafts, Drawing Realistic Faces, Portraits in Pastel Pencil, Introduction to Chidren's Book Illustration, Photography
Health: Eat Well, Feel Great; Wellness for Life
Performing Arts: Acting Techniques, Advanced Character & Scene Study
Personal Development: Study Skills, Teamwork & Leadership, Wellness for Life
Business & Technology: Tech Readiness, Web Development, Web Design, Entrepreneurship, Online Media Production
Click HERE for a schedule showing the days and times for these courses and our other great classes.
Registration is open now for all members.
Join Mid-Metro Academy today!
Join Us for 2023-2024
Fall semester begins on September 6, 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 next school year! The best way to find out about us and what's in store for this fall is to attend our Open House on Tuesday evening, April 25. Watch this space for more details!
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 2023-2024 will open on April 1 for current families and on April 28 for new families.
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.
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 for 2023-2024. (Day and period follow the course title.)
- Acting: Improv (W4, Spring)
- Art: Drawing Basics, Oil Pastels, and Mixed Media (M2 and M3)
- Art: Drawing Realistic Faces (W3, Fall), Portraits in Oil Pastel (W3, Spring), and Intro to Children's Book Illustration (W4, Spring)
- ASL1 (M2)
- Crafts: Craft Club (M3, Spring) and Fabulous Fiber Crafts (W4, Fall)
- Creative Writing Workshop (W3, Spring)
- Culinary Arts (M3 and M4)
- Group Guitar Lesson (W1)
- Memory and Magic (W4, Spring)
- Minnesota History (M4, Spring)
- Percussion Ensemble (M5)
- SciGirls (M4, Fall)
- Spanish 1 (M1)
- Study Skills (W2, Fall)
- Writing with Confidence Intro Level B (M1 or W1)
Parents: We Make Your Life Easier!
Mid-Metro Academy exists to support parents in their family's homeschooling goals. The primary 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.
Parents are welcome to enroll in some of our classes with students. Taking Swing Dancing with your student can be a fun bonding experience. Our Wednesday art classes are open to parents, so whether you want to craft unique items for Christmas gift-giving or develop that latent artistic bent, you can get in on the fun and learning in Suzann Beck's classes.
How about learning a skill that will allow you to work from home? Bookkeeping for Parents meets on Wednesdays. Or if you want to learn foundational computer skills, attend a workshop or mini-course designed just for parents--taught by Chris Paschen. It's never too late to learn and grow! Register today!
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 2023-2024!
If you’re looking for the best learning environment for your student for the 2023-2024 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 three 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 2023-2024 school year. If you're considering joining us this fall but want to learn more, email [email protected]. We're always excited to welcome new families!
Registration for new families is now open.
You must be a member of Mid-Metro Academy to register for classes. Join today!
12 ACT Math/Science Prep Mini-Session begins today
June 12 - Monday
12 ACT English/Reading Prep Mini-Session Begins Today
June 12 - Monday
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
12 Planning for High School and Beyond Workshop
Free! Learn about transcripts, credits, and more!
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
19 Why STEAM? Importance of Arts & Technology in Education
Why & how to include technology & arts education
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
27 Public Workshop: Yes, You Can Homeschool through High School!
Our homeschool academy makes it possible--and easy
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
18 Mid-Metro Academy Virtual Open House
Open House 2023-2024: Join via Zoom!
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
01 Tips & Try-Outs Night at Mid-Metro Academy
Get homeschooling tips & try out some classes!
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
29 MMA Orientation Night: Join Us via Zoom!
Get information to start the year off right!
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
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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 2023-2024 school year. Donations of any amount are always appreciated. Just click the "Donate" button to bless us via PayPal. Thank you!