Applying to ExplorSchool


MITY seeks applicants who demonstrate both academic talent and a passion for learning. Students must be entering grades 5 – 7 in the fall to be considered for admission. All requested materials (application, report card, teacher recommendation, and student essay) are considered. Students who were accepted to ExplorSchool last summer only need to submit an application and current report card.

Application Process

  1. Complete Online Application (Starting January 2022). Students take one class in the morning and one class in the afternoon. Remember to apply early as classes fill quickly.
  2. Upload Required Materials:
    • Current Transcript / Grades (All Students)
    • Short Student Essay: Write a 200-word essay about yourself, why you want to attend MITY and why you want to take the class that you selected. (New Students Only)
    • Teacher Recommendation: Send this link (available January 2022) to your teacher. They should submit the completed recommendation directly to MITY. (New Students Only)
    • Upload and Send: Upload and send required materials to
  3. Pay deposit or submit financial aid form.  (see section below)
  4. Acceptance Email from MITY.  Once MITY receives the deposit and all materials, you will receive an official confirmation email.  Please allow two weeks for MITY to review your completed application.
  5. Complete Health Form (available . All students must have a completed health form on file one week prior to the start of the session or they will not be allowed to attend class.
  6. Tuition balance due May 1.  Families will receive a statement via email.

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, or financial aid program. 

"This is the only program like this! The teachers know how to engage and challenge eager learners."

- MITY Parent

Tuition & Financial Aid

2021 ExplorSchool Tuition Rates

Full Day Tuition: $795 

Half Day Tuition: $440

Before OR After Extended Care: $80

Before AND After Extended Care: $150

Tuition includes all instructional costs, field trips and an ExplorSchool t-shirt. A couple of classes have an additional course fee as noted in the class description. Tuition does not include lunch. Students should bring their own nut-free snack and lunch. Juice boxes are available for purchase for 25 cents.

Methods of Payment

1.  Check payable to MITY. Please write the student’s name on the memo line.  Send the check to our address: 1600 Grand Avenue St. Paul MN, 55105.

2.  Pay by credit card using PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account.  Select the correct item(s) using the drop down menu.  NOTE: To add a course fee and/or extended day, select “Continue Shopping” in PayPal before checking out. Please enter the student’s name in the space provided.

Please enter student's name.

Financial Aid

There is limited financial aid available for students applying to MITY’s programs. There are two ways to apply for financial aid:

  1. For Minnesota residents who qualify for free or reduced lunch: You are eligible to apply for the Summer Academic Enrichment Grant offered by the MN Department of Higher Education.  You will need to complete the Summer Academic Enrichment Grant Form. You will need to include a copy of the free/reduced lunch qualifying letter you received from the student’s school in the fall.
  2. If you do not qualify for free or reduced lunch: You can apply for financial aid through the MITY giving program.  Complete this financial aid form. You will need to include the first page of your most recent federal tax statement.

Cancellation Policy

All applications must include a deposit of $300 or a completed financial aid application. $100 of the deposit is non-refundable.

  • After April 1, the full deposit of $300 is non-refundable.
  • The balance is due by May 1. After May 15, there is no refund of tuition.
  • If MITY cancels a course before it begins, students will be placed into their second-choice class.
  • Refunds are not provided once a session begins.
  • In the unlikely event that MITY terminates a course during the session, MITY will consider the circumstances and may, at its sole discretion, issue a partial refund or credit.
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