Academic Experience

Last updated: Aug 3
Note: New content in bold

Academic Schedule

  • The Upper School is transitioning from a 7 period to an 8 period schedule to create more, smaller sections of classes. Students will still be taking 7 classes (9th and 10th graders) or a minimum of 6 classes (11th and 12th graders).
  • We will have alternating odd and even block period days with 70-minute classes and no longer have the schedule in which all classes meet on the same day.
  • Each day beginning at 9:55 students will have a 30 minute period for advisory, club meetings, assembly, chapel, or academic power hour. All students (in person or online) must be present for those meetings.
  • All students will now have at least one free period in their schedule on an Odd or Even day in which they can complete homework, meet with teachers, see their counselors, go to appointments, etc. However, students who have to serve a detention or who are failing classes will be required to attend a supervised study hall during their free period.
  • Students are not required to be on campus if their free period is the first or the last period of the day. Students with a 1st or 2nd period free must arrive by 9:55 am. Students with 7th or 8th period free must sign out at the Student Services Office if they will be leaving campus before 2:50.
  • Students will never have the same class on back-to-back days. So if there is an odd period day on a Friday, the next time we have school will be an even period day. The schedule should provide clarity and predictability for homework, time-management, etc.
  • Teachers will utilize Schoology and digital tools used in distance learning (assignment distribution/collection) to support in-person students and those learning from home.
  • See the typical weekly schedule grid below
First page of the PDF file: Upper-Weekly-Schedule

Cultural Field Experience (CFE)

CFE will be back this year in “remix” mode! It will look a little bit different from years past. We are working on some creative ways to connect our students and faculty to the amazing work that is happening around the Twin Cities and the world. CFE will take place in all 9-12 advisory groups and students will have an opportunity to work directly with our partner sites throughout the entire year, whether virtually or on-site if possible. We are excited to build an opportunity for our students to grow as individuals, together as an advisory group, and as a whole community. Be on the lookout for more information this fall.

We need to see if it will be possible to still have a weeklong intensive CFE experience in March as we normally do. We will finalize that information as soon as possible. Nevertheless, 12th grade students will still have the week before spring break off as they normally do.

Note: Unfortunately, we will not be offering international or national overnight trips this year. We look forward to being able to offer these again in future years.


Summer Assignments

If your child has not done so already, they must complete summer assignments before the first day of school. All students have at least one summer assignment. The assignments can be found at Upper School Summer Assignments.

Lower School is IN-PERSON ✅

Middle School is IN-PERSON ✅

Upper School is IN-PERSON ✅

When to Stay Home

Students and faculty must not come to school if they display any symptoms or come into close contact with COVID-19. Please use our decision tree when determining whether or not to come to school.*

*MA follows guidelines from the MN Health Department for reporting contagious illnesses, please let the school know if your child has a contagious illness or if your family has had close-contact exposure to COVID-19.

[T]he partnership between home and school ... elevates our trusted relationship to a higher level.

Rev. Dr. Donna Harris, PresidentLetters from the President