Is there tuition to attend? No, as a public school any appropriately-aged Minnesota student can attend for free.
What is the class size? Our average class size is 15 with the staff-to-student ratio being 8:1.
Is there technology? All students have a Chromebook 2-in-1 touchscreen tablet. Each classroom has SMART board technology to enhance the learning and collaboration. We also have Oculus (virtual reality), 3D printers, a computer lab, and robotics for engineering.
What about food? Is there breakfast and lunch? Yes! Breakfast and lunch are both available. Families can qualify for free or reduced meals. Our students take the lead on planning the menu and helping with lunch service.
How does transportation work? Transportation cannot be a barrier to attending. We recognize public transit is not always the best and safest option for families and are in the process of finalizing transportation for the fall. The options include a combination of bus shuttle service, family carpool, public transit, and self-driving. There is also an on-site parking lot for students to drive themselves and easy access from I-94 for parents to drop off students.Contact us if you have concerns, and let's find a solution that works for your family!
What are the school hours? Classes are 9:00am - 3:45pm, except Wednesdays is an earlier release of 3:00pm. The building doors open at 8:00am and close at 5:00pm.
What grades does Exploration High School serve? This year, we will serve grades 9, 10, and 11. We will add 12th grade the subsequent year (Fall 2023) and continue to grow until we serve roughly 250 students in grades 9-12.
What extra-curricular activities are available? We want to hear from you! Based on student interest, we develop programming in the are of student clubs, athletics, and the arts. We are part of the MN High School Sports and currently have a basketball and football team. Some clubs have included Anime, Sports Club, Dance Team, Drama, and Photography.
Do you have a special education team? Yes! We have a special education team of teachers, paraprofessionals, and specialists as determined by student needs.
Will this prepare my child for college? Yes! If college is a pathway your child wants to pursue, our teachers will work with your child to ensure they are doing whatever they can to not only get into college, but to be successful once they are there. Learn more in our virtual video interview with University of Minnesota Admissions Counselor, Ali Oosterhuis, below. Starting in 9th grade, we have regular college visits to campuses or representatives coming to Exploration High School.
Our flexible use of time and space creates opportunities for students to develop essential skills through active problem solving. College admissions across the country are demanding to see authentic demonstrations of learning, which all students will show through a multi-dimensional project portfolio.
What if I don't want to go to college? Great! We will support your dreams and provide you the experience to pursue them. You'll work closely with your advisor through the years to reach the goals you set. There will be work-based learning opportunities as well as PSEO offered during the high school years.
Is there evidence that Exploration's model works? There is a mountain of evidence that developing learner agency through deep relationships is the best way to support individual students, regardless of age. One hundred years ago, Maria Montessori and John Dewey published their findings on cultivating independent learners and using public education as a way to contribute to a healthier society. More recently, examples of schools similar to Exploration show the power of repurposing Montessori and Dewey's findings in the 21st Century. Iowa BIG, One Stone, Crosstown High, Latitude High School, and High Tech High are some examples of schools pushing the boundaries of how we can empower individual learners and work towards a better society. A wonderful repository for research on equitable learning practices can be found at https://schoolretool.org/big-ideas#