Frequently Asked Questions of ExplorSchool

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions about our in-person program for rising 5th – 7th grade students. Families of admitted students receive complete details via email prior to the start of a session. Still have a question? Email mity@macalester.edu or call us at (651) 696-6590.

Application Questions

What are the criteria for admission?

There is no specific test score or GPA requirement. We are looking for students who perform well in school and are passionate about learning.

What does “grade level” refer to on the application?

The grade the student will be entering into in the fall.

Will exceptions be made to the grade level (age) requirements?

No. ExplorSchool is only for students who will be entering grades 5 – 7 in the fall.

Should all the application components be sent together?

All the application components do not need to be sent together; however, we will not review your application until all the materials and deposit are received.

Does My Child Have to be Identified as Gifted and Talented by Their School District to Attend?

No. MITY welcomes all eager learners in its programs.

Food, Transportation, Before/After Care, & Safety

Is transportation available?

MITY does not provide transportation. Families who are interested in carpooling are given a list of other interested families so that they can arrange ridesharing.

What do students do for lunch?

Lunch is not provided. Students should pack a lunch and a nut-free snack for each day. Juice boxes are available for purchase for 25 cents.

Can you accommodate students with food allergies and other special needs?

Yes, students will be asked to provide health information and details on specific needs. MITY staff will work with families to plan the necessary accommodations.

What if a child gets sick or injured during the program?

The MITY staff strive to maintain a safe environment for all participants. If a student becomes sick or injured, parents will be contacted immediately. In an emergency, students may be transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital.

What kind of supervision is provided?

Students are supervised by the instructional staff and interns. MITY hires 5 to 6 interns to assist teachers, chaperon field trips, and help supervise Rec Time. Our interns are college students or juniors and seniors in high school who go through the same background checks as our teachers.

Is before- and aftercare available?

Yes. Go to the ExplorSchool Overview page for more information.

Staff, Class Size, and Evaluations

Who teaches the ExplorSchool courses?

MITY hires master teachers for each course. Most of them have been teaching in our program for several years and know how to work with gifted students at this age.

How many students are in each class?

The maximum class size is 16 students.

Do Staff Undergo Background Checks?

Yes. MITY conducts background checks on all staff members prior to contact with children.

Do Students Receive a Grade or Performance Evaluation?

Each student will receive an end-of-session evaluation. No letter grades or numerical scores will be issued.

Can parents and guardians visit their student’s class?

ExplorSchool parents, guardians, and family friends will have an opportunity to visit their student’s classes on the last day of the session. Students will display or perform what they have been working on for the past few weeks. A schedule for that day will be sent home with each student during the first week of the session.

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