ExplorSchool Online

For Students in Grades 5 – 7

MITY’s Online ExplorSchool provides bright students with the opportunity to explore a topic of interest with similarly motivated peers. The goal is to keep students challenged and engaged as they build, create, and solve real world problems. Each class features weekly activities that take students away from a screen as they use their hands to design and construct. Importantly, students will also have opportunities to socialize with their peers through non-academic activities.

 

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2020-2021 Online Program Dates:

Fall Session: October 19 – November 21, 2020
Winter Session: January 25 – March 1, 2021
Spring Session: April 12 – May 15, 2021

Program Details

Technology Skills and Requirements
Students will need reliable high-speed internet access and a desktop, laptop, or iPad with audio and video enabled. Students should be comfortable creating new documents, videos, and presentations, navigating the web to conduct research, and uploading documents. Students must also have a personal email account to use for the class. MITY does not utilize a Learning Management System such as Schoology, Canvas, or Moodle.

 

Parent Involvement
Some parent/guardian involvement may be required depending on a student’s comfort level with the technology being used. Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to their student about what they are doing in their MITY coursework.

 

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

 

Admissions Criteria
There is no specific test score or GPA requirement. We are looking for students who perform well in school, are able to work independently, and are excited about learning.

How It Works

Classes feature a combination of asynchronous and synchronous instruction. Each class meets synchronously for 3 hours each week; depending on the course, this may be divided over two days. Students may take more than one class per session. Each five-week session runs independently from the others, so families can decide which session(s) work best for them.

 

Class Structure
Depending on the nature of the course, instruction will consist of some combination of the following: live or recorded instructor video; audio, video, written texts, or other media; links to websites for research; other as appropriate. Students should expect to participate in whole class discussion forums and small group activities as well as perform individual tasks and reflection exercises. Some, but not all, classes will culminate in a final product at the end of the session. Students who are unable to participate in a synchronous learning session should contact their instructor ahead of time to make alternate arrangements.
 

Time Commitment
Students should expect to spend 4-5 hours per week on each class, including synchronous sessions, noting that this is an average and that some individuals may require more or less time with the material. Students are expected to be logged in on time for each class.

 

Class Size
Classes will be kept small to ensure individual attention and a high-quality experience for all learners.

 

Social “Rec” Time
MITY’s educational philosophy focuses on whole-child development, and hence MITY staff also host non-academic virtual sessions to foster connections and enhance students’ socioemotional skills. These social forums feature fun activities and some wacky challenges that enable students to socialize, build friendships, find peer support, explore new talents, take risks, expand their cultural awareness, and experience the joy that comes with being part of the MITY family. Students can also participate in MITY’s online chess tournament and other at-home activities.

ExplorSchool Online Class List for 2020-2021

*All times are in Central Standard Time.

Click on a class name to read the course description.  

Fall 2020 Session
October 19 – November 21, 2020
Times Class Info Link
Tuesdays and Thursdays
4:30 – 6:00pm
Myths, Legends, Fables & Folktales (CANCELLED)
Saturdays
9:00am – 12:00pm
Prejudice in America: Using Historical Fiction to Better Understand the World Around Us
Mondays and Wednesdays
2:00 – 3:30pm
Water and Climate Chemistry (CANCELLED)

Mondays and Wednesdays

4:30 – 6:00pm

A Young Scientist’s Guide to COVID-19

Application Instructions & Eligibility

Eligibility

MITY seeks applicants who demonstrate both academic talent and a passion for learning. Students must be in grades 5 – 7 to be considered for admission. All requested materials are considered. Students who attended ExplorSchool in summer 2020 only need to submit an application and updated transcript.

 

Dual Enrollment

Students may enroll in more than one course during a single session; however, it is important for students and families to consider the time required for each class and their other activities to ensure the student has enough time to complete all of their work.

 

Application Instructions

1. Complete the Online Application.

2. Upload Required Materials. This can be done when completing the application or by emailing items to mity@macalester.edu. Be sure all items are clearly labeled with the student’s full name.

a. Current Transcript / Grades: Since many schools did not issue end-of-year report cards, please include grades from fall and/or winter. (All Students)

b. 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)

c. Teacher Recommendation: Send this link to your teacher. They should submit the completed recommendation directly to MITY. (New Students Only)

3. Submit Payment or Financial Aid Form.

Methods of Payment:

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

b.  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 course fees or additional students, select “Continue Shopping” before checking out. Please enter the student’s name in the space provided.

 

Online ExplorSchool Tuition
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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. 

Cost, Financial Aid, & Refund Policy

Program Cost

Cost: $300 per class

*Some classes also require a small materials fee as noted in the course description.

 

Financial Aid
Limited financial aid is available to those who qualify. To apply:

 

  1. Complete the financial aid application
  2. Submit supporting documentation:
    a. A copy of the letter you received from your school district stating that the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch; OR
    b. If your student does not qualify for free or reduced lunch, submit a copy of the first page of your most recent federal tax return.

 

Refund Policy

MITY hires its teachers based on student enrollment in each online course; therefore, we are unable to provide refunds to students who cancel within 7 days of the session start date. For additional information, please see the table below:

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 enrolled in the course can either enroll in their second-choice class or receive a full refund. 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. Refunds are not provided once the course begins.

 

Policies for MITY Online Programs
All program participants and their parents or guardian are required to read and abide by the “MITY Online Expectations and Code of Conduct” and the “MITY Digital Citizenship Agreement.” Families are asked to acknowledge their understanding of and acceptance of these documents when they apply to a MITY online program.


MITY Online Expectations and Code of Conduct 


MITY Digital Citizenship Agreement