Your Extraordinary Saturday Online

For Students in Grades 1 – 4

MITY’s online learning program for talented younger students features inquiry-based classes covering a range of high interest topics. Students are grouped by age (1st/2nd and 3rd/4th) to ensure the appropriate level of challenge. Each class contains four synchronous learning sessions, hands-on activities and ways to extend learning at home. One week of each session is used exclusively for socioemotional development and fun community building activities.



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2020-2021 Online Program Dates:

Session A: October 3, 10, 17*, 24, and 31, 2020
Session B: November 7, 14, 21, 28* and December 5, 2020 
Session C: January 23, 30, February 6, 13* and 20, 2021
Session D: February 27, March 6, 13*, 20 and 27, 2021
Session E: April 10, 17, 24*, May 1 and 8, 2021
*Indicates (optional) community building week

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 with the device they are using. MITY does not utilize a Learning Management System such as Seesaw. Instead, MITY communications will be sent to the parent/guardian email(s) on the application.


Parent Involvement

Some parent/guardian involvement will 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

Students will not receive a grade or performance evaluation. The purpose of MITY’s online 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.


Admissions Criteria

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

How It Works

Each class meets synchronously for 75 minutes on Saturday mornings. Within each five-week session, there are four classes and one community building week (as noted in the program dates section). Students may take one or two classes per session, although we encourage families to enroll in two classes per session to maximize their student’s MITY experience. Each five-week session runs independently from the others, so families can decide which sessions work best for them.


Class Structure

Classes will meet together online each week for group instruction, activities, games, sharing work, and discussion. Importantly, while instruction and activities will take place online, students will also be asked to do hands-on projects each week that do not use a screen. Most, 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 2 hours per week working on each class, noting that this is an average and that some individuals may require more or less time with the material. Community building activities are optional and hence are not counted in this total. Students are expected to be logged in on time for each class.


Class Size

Classes are kept small to ensure individual attention and a high-quality experience for all learners.


Community Building

MITY’s educational philosophy focuses on whole-child development, and hence MITY staff will host one non-academic virtual gathering each session to enhance students’ socio-emotional skills as well. These social forums will 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.

YES Online Class List for 2020-2021

*All times are in Central Standard Time.

Click on a class name to read the course description.  

October 3 – 31, 2020
  Classes for Grades 1 and 2 Classes for Grades 3 and 4
9:00am – 10:15am Extremophiles The Wonderful World of Woven Art
10:45am – 12:00pm The Wonderful World of Woven Art Extremophiles
November 7 – December 5, 2020
  Classes for Grades 1 and 2 Classes for Grades 3 and 4
9:00am – 10:15am Artistic Relaxation and Mindfulness Spy Science: Nature’s Secret Agents
10:45am – 12:00pm Spy Science: Nature’s Secret Agents Artistic Relaxation and Mindfulness
January 23 – February 20, 2021
  Classes for Grades 1 and 2 Classes for Grades 3 and 4
9:00am – 10:15am Scratch Programming Dino Science
10:45am – 12:00pm Dino Science Scratch Programming
February 27 – March 27, 2021
  Classes for Grades 1 and 2 Classes for Grades 3 and 4
9:00am – 10:15am Escape Snapology The Artful Scientist: Leonardo DaVinci and YOU
10:45am – 12:00pm The Artful Scientist: Leonardo DaVinci and YOU Escape Snapology
April 10 – May 8, 2021
  Classes for Grades 1 and 2 Classes for Grades 3 and 4
9:00am – 10:15am All the World’s a Stage Creature Creator Robotics
10:45am – 12:00pm Robopets Robotics All the World’s a Stage


Application Instructions & Eligibility


MITY seeks applicants who demonstrate both academic talent and a passion for learning. Students must be in grades 1 – 4 in the fall of 2020 to be considered for admission.

Students who attended YES during summer 2020 only need to submit an application and payment.


Dual Enrollment

Students are encouraged to enroll in two courses each session, similar to our in-person Saturday program, to maximize their MITY experience. There is a 30-minute break between classes each Saturday so students can get a snack, use the bathroom and move their bodies.


Application Instructions

1. Complete the Online Application.

2. Upload Transcript or Grade Reports from 2019-2020 School Year. We know that report cards at this age take on many different forms; we accept all forms. Since many schools did not issue end-of-year report cards, please include grades from fall and/or winter. This can be done when completing the application or by emailing it to (Required for students who did not participate in the Summer 2020 MITY YES program.)

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.


YES Online Payment
Please enter student’s name.

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: $80 per class

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


Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, complete this financial aid form and submit a copy of the free/reduced lunch qualifying letter you received from the student’s school in the fall.


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