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    What is a charter school?

    A charter school is a school system that is overseen by an authorizer. The Technical Academies of Minnesota district is authorized by Innovative Quality Schools (IQS). Visit www.iqsmn.org for more information.


    Is there tuition?

    No. The schools of Technical Academies of Minnesota are free, public charter schools, open to all students grades 7th-12th in the state of Minnesota.


    What is project-based learning?

    Project-based learning (PBL) is built on the idea that there are better ways for some students to learn and grow. The focus of PBL is to help shape students into self-reliant learners with a mastery of 21st century skills. Advisors work alongside students to aid them in the learning process and encourage them to focus on what sparks interest or questions. Instead of the students being compared to a number, students are awarded credit based on their ability level, the quality of their project, and the amount of time they spent on the project.

    Click here to learn more about project-based learning.


    Do students receive a GPA?

    Students create projects which earn them credit in all the content areas (social studies, English Language Arts, Science, Reading, Math, etc.)  Students do not receive grades for the projects they complete.  However, all projects are expected to be completed at least "B" or "A" level work in order to receive the full credit. Don't worry, colleges and universities are accepting and enrolling students from CHOICE and many other schools in Minnesota that offer Project-Based Learning. 


    Do graduates receive a diploma?

    Yes, upon graduation, CHOICE and DREAM graduates receive a traditional high school diploma before continuing on their life’s journey.


    How does lunch work at CHOICE?

    CHOICE does not offer a hot lunch program. However, food and cooking supplies are always available. CHOICE also provides microwaves, stovetops, refridgerators, and an oven so students can prepare their own meal.

    11th and 12th graders may, with parent/guardian permission, leave the building for lunch. 


    How do I start?

    Click here to tell us a little bit about yourself and then someone will be in contact to set-up a tour with you.