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Minnehaha Academy Upper School Student Life

Student Life

Whether you’re an athlete or an artist, or both, you have a place at Minnehaha Academy. You will find that athletics, arts and clubs are a great way to build friendships and follow your passions. Minnehaha offers a supportive and encouraging environment, so you can try something new anytime. And you don’t have to choose—our students do all three—athletics, arts and clubs, and have a great time doing it!

 

Clubs and Activities

Every student is involved in some sort of after school activity, club, sport, or organization. Most students, in fact, are committed to several. We’re proud to offer an array of options as wide and diverse as much larger schools. Learn more about the various co-curricular options we provide!

 

Distinctively Christian Environment

At Minnehaha you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to be yourself, develop ideas and grow into your best self. As you explore faith, you can ask tough questions and engage in discussions in and out of the classroom with teachers, coaches, mentors and friends who will be there to support and encourage you. Our weekly chapel services feature guest speakers, student performers and thought-provoking messages.

 

Advisory Program

The Upper School Advisory Program provides each student with an adult from whom he or she can seek guidance, support, and help in the areas of academics, spiritual growth, and personal issues. The program also assigns every student to a peer group – averaging 11 people – by grade level and single gender (i.e. freshmen girls). Groups stay together throughout the students’ high school career.

 

Leadership Development

Learning about leadership isn’t enough at Minnehaha Academy. We ensure our students have opportunities to practice leadership in practical situations and groups that will directly translate to the student’s next steps beyond our school. Students in grades 10-12 who desire to study leadership in-depth can enroll in our elective Leadership Studies Class.

 

Intern Program

The Intern Program provides an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills in a wide variety of areas, such as athletics, chapel, community service, publicity, and more. The intern program consists of students who are selected by the Dean of Students and other faculty members.

 

Block Schedule

Minnehaha Academy Upper School follows a year long, seven-period modified block schedule. The modified block schedule promotes diverse teaching strategies such as sustained discussion, question and answer sessions, reflections, simulations, rehearsals, laboratory experiments, group projects, and cooperative learning. In addition, while the schedule maintains three class meetings per week, the schedule enables students to focus more on their individual classes each day as they only need to prepare for, at most, four classes per block day.