Your Extraordinary Saturday (YES):

For 1st – 4th Grade Students

A New Adventure Every Weekend


Your Extraordinary Saturday enables inquisitive, high achieving students in grades 1st-4th to continue their learning outside the traditional classroom. Courses are intentionally designed to inspire inquiry, activate imaginations, and engage eager learners in hands on discovery that is not possible within a regular classroom setting. While students are in class, parents are invited to listen to esteemed speakers on topics related to raising bright children and to expand their own peer community.

Winter 2020 Program Dates:

February 22, 29, and March 7

Program Hours: 

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Program Location: 

St. Paul Academy & Summit School – Goodrich Campus

Program Highlights:

  • Students take 2 unique classes every weekend
  • Features content not covered in the regular school day
  • Experienced and engaging teachers
  • 8:1 student-teacher ratio to ensure all students get the attention they need
  • Creative individual and group projects in every class
  • Mid-morning snack and game break to socialize with new friends

Partnering with Families:

  • Free seminars on the first two Saturdays from esteemed speakers about topics related to parenting a bright and motivated child
  • YES families are invited to visit classrooms on the third Saturday
  • Specific course information will be given by the teacher during the session. Parents are encouraged to discuss class content and activities with their child.

YES At-A-Glance:

  • Format: Saturday Morning Enrichment Program
  • Ages: Students currently in grades 1 – 4
  • Cost: $150; Financial Aid Available
  • Application Date: Now accepting applications for Winter Session

Week 1: February 22: Intelligence is not Executive Functioning

Discuss with Dr. Teresa Boatman the research and practical interventions for Executive Functioning skills as they apply to gifted learners.

Speaker: Dr. Boatman is a psychologist in private practice in Plymouth, MN and the current president of the Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented.

Week 2: February 29: Increasing Engagement and Success Through Creative Expression and Exploration

Being creative helps people become better problem solvers in all areas of life and work. Creativity helps people see things differently and better deal with uncertainty. Studies show that creative people are better able to live with uncertainty because they can adapt their thinking to allow for the flow of the unknown. As fast as our world is changing, it is imperative that our students are creative thinkers and producers! This session will provide ideas and resources that will help grow creative thinking skills.

Speaker: Erin Boltik, Ed.S., is the Director of Gifted and Talented Programs and Services for Bloomington Public Schools and has over 30 years years of experience working with gifted and talented students and their families. In her previous role as G.T. Coordinator for Inver Grove Heights, she created a gifted program, Atheneum, that serves as a G.T. school-within-a-school model for many districts across the state of MN. She has since created a Humanities-based talent development G.T. creativity program, Nobel, in Bloomington. Being a creative producer herself, she is excited to engage with you in a morning of games and play that serve to grow your creativity!


MITY seeks applicants who demonstrate both academic talent and a passion for learning. Students must be in grades 1 – 4 to be considered for admission. All requested materials (application and report card/grades) are considered. Students who attended the fall YES session only need to submit an application.


There is no deadline for applying; however, classes fill fast, so we encourage parents to submit their applications as soon as possible. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. To check if a class is full, go to classes or call 651-696-6590.

Application Process:

  1.  Apply Online.  Remember to apply early as classes fill quickly.
  2. Upload Report Card: We know that the report card for this age takes on many forms; all forms are accepted. You can upload grades with the application or email them to *NOTE: Students who attended the Fall 2019 Session do not need to do this step.
  3.  Pay tuition or request financial aid. (see section below)
  4.  Acceptance Email from MITY.  Once MITY receives all materials and tuition payment, you will receive an official confirmation email.  Please allow two weeks for MITY to review your completed application.
  5. Complete Health Form. All students must have a completed health form on file one week prior to the start of the session or they will not be allowed to attend class.

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. 

YES Fall 2019 / Winter 2020 Tuition Rates:

  • $150 per 3-week session
  • $125 sibling discount
  • Additional course fees as noted in class descriptions

Tuition Includes:

Tuition includes all instructional costs unless there is an additional course fee noted next to the course title. It does not include a snack. Students should bring their own snack for the mid-morning break and can purchase a juice box for 25 cents.

Methods of Payment:

  1. Check payable to MITY. Please write the student’s name on the memo line.  Send the check to our address below.
  2. 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 student, select “Continue Shopping” before checking out. Please enter the student’s name in the space provided.

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    Financial Aid:

    To apply for financial assistance, send a copy of the free/reduced lunch qualifying letter you received from your student’s school in the fall via email or mail.

What are the dates of the Winter 2020 YES Program?

February 22, 29, and March 7

What is the daily schedule?

9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Period 1
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Break Time
10:40 a.m. – 12:00 noon Period 2

What do students need to bring?

  • A nut-free snack for break time. Juice boxes are available for 25 cents.
  • A water bottle. Be sure to label with your student’s name.
  • Students do not need to bring any supplies to class. (You may be contacted if a teacher needs something such as a shoe box or milk carton from home.)

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 St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s Lower School Campus. The address is 1150 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105.

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 are in each class?

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

How many students attend each session?

Approximately 85 students attend each YES session.

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.

Arrival and Departure Procedures:

  • Students should arrive at 8:45 AM with an adult. You will be given directions to a check-in location. If you have more than one student attending the program, please check in the oldest child first. Students will be dismissed to their classroom with their class intern at 9:00 AM.
  • A parent/guardian should pick up their child at 12:00 PM in the check-in location. It is important that you pick up your child at noon. Thank you.

Code of Conduct:

All admitted students must read and agree to abide by the MITY Code of Conduct during their time in the program.

Health Form: 

All admitted students must submit a completed health form one week prior to the start of the session or they will not be allowed to attend class.  This form must be updated annually. Your typed name is your signature.

Last Day of the Session:

Parents and guardians are invited to visit the last 30 minutes of each class (9:50 AM – 10:20 AM and 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM) on the third Saturday of the program.

What to Bring:

  • A nut-free snack for break time. Juice boxes are available for 25 cents.
  • A water bottle. Be sure to label with your student’s name.
  • Students do not need to bring any supplies to class. (You may be contacted if a teacher needs something such as a shoe box or milk carton from home.)

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