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 mity@macalester.edu or call us at (651) 696-6590.

What are the dates of the YES 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 YES program takes place at Visitation School. The address is 2455 Visitation Drive, Mendota Heights, MN 55120.

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?

Approximately 85 students attend each YES session.

How many students are in each class?

Classes are capped at 15 students. There is a master teacher and an intern in classes that exceed 8 students.

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 30 minutes of each class (9:50 AM – 10:20 AM and 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM). Parents and caretakers are also invited to visit with their student during the mid-morning break (10:20 – 10:40 AM). St. Paul Academy & Summit School is located three blocks south of Grand Avenue, the site of many coffee shots, restaurants and shops.

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 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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