YES Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to common questions about our program for 1st – 4th grade students. Families of admitted students receive complete details via email prior to the start of a session. Still have a question? Email or call us at (651) 243-2221.

What are the dates of the Elementary Program?

Are students grouped by age?

Yes. Students are put into two groups: 1st and 2nd graders are together and 3rd and 4th graders are together.

Where is the program located?

The Saturday morning program takes place at 3 different locations in the Twin Cities.  For 2023-2024, the fall session will be held at Friends School of Minnesota in St. Paul; the winter session will be held at Visitation School in Mendota Heights; and the spring session will be held at Breck School in Golden Valley.

Should all of the application components be sent together?

The report card does not need to be sent with the application; however, we will not review an application until we receive both the report card and payment (or a request for financial aid).

How many students attend each session?

Roughly 100 - 140 students attend each session.

How many students are in each class?

Classes are capped at 15 students. In addition to the teacher, MITY hires college and high school students to assist in the classrooms.

What do parents and guardians do while students are in class?

Parents and guardians are invited to attend free presentations on topics relevant to raising talented students during the first two Saturdays. On the last Saturday, families are invited to visit the last 15 minutes of each class (10:05 AM – 10:20 AM and 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM). Caregivers are not required to stay on-site; if you leave, please pick-up promptly at noon.

What Is MITY's Refund Policy?

  • Prior to 30 days of session start date: 100% refund
  • 15-29 days prior to session start date: 50% refund
  • 8-14 days prior to session start date: 25% refund
  • Within 7 days prior to session start date: No refund

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.

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.

Do You have a multiple child discount?

Yes!  The first child pays the full tuition.  Each addition sibling pays a reduced rate.

Do Students Receive a Grade or Performance Evaluation?

No. The purpose of MITY’s elementary-aged classes is to provide talented, motivated, and curious students the opportunity to pursue an area of interest and try new things in a safe and supportive environment. Students are more likely to take risks and learn from mistakes if they are free to be creative and work at their own pace.

Do Staff Undergo Background Checks?

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

To view the instructors for this program, visit the teacher bios page.

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