Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences is an academic discipline that combines characteristics of social and natural science, as well as the arts. Family and consumer sciences deal with the relationship between individuals, families, and communities. Our classes represent many disciplines including consumer science, nutrition, culinary arts, parenting, early childhood education, family economics and resource management, human development, financial independence, interior design, textiles, apparel design, and sewing as well as other related subjects. Classes are taught as electives, and some may count as an arts credit required for graduation. Our courses assist students in the transfer of reading, writing and math to real life. Our mission is to prepare students for family life, life in college and career life while educating them to identify and create alternative solutions to significant everyday challenges and to take responsibility of their actions in a diverse global society.

Course Listing

Child Development

Course: #4526
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None

Study the process of human development from conception through age five as determined by heredity, society and human interaction with implications for child guidance.

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Culinary I

Course: #4500
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None

Whether you are an aspiring chef or a novice in the kitchen, this course will give you the confidence to be successful in the culinary world. It is the number one class at Minnetonka High School!

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Culinary II

Course: #4504
Grade(s) offered: 9-12

Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: Culinary 1

Explore cuisine from around the world.  Create foods using advanced cooking principles and techniques. You will experience a new level of creativity and success while learning about different cultures and their traditions.

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Fashion Design

Course: #4512
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Note: This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit
Prerequisites: None

This course will increase students’ awareness and understanding of career opportunities related to the fashion industry. You will create throughout the semester! The optional 15th Annual NYC Fashion trip is November 2019.

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Independent Living

Course: #4522 or Course: #T900, Tonka Online
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None

Learn strategies for a successful transition to life after high school. Explore areas of money management, insurance, housing, professionalism, and job interviewing skills.

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Interior Design

Course: #4518
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit
Prerequisites: None

Students will gain an understanding of the elements and principles of design. The course will cover floor planning, housing and furniture styles, the use of color, textiles and more.

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Introduction to Education

Course: #4528
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None

Are you in interested in working with children as a career? We will focus on the developmental stages, teaching strategies and a variety of topics related to career paths centered on children.

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Sew Creative I

Course: #4508
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None


This is a perfect class for hands-on-learners who have a passion to produce their own creations. You will be filled with pride once you achieve success on the sewing machine and experience tangible learning.

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Sew Creative II

Course: #4510
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: Sew Creative I

This is a perfect class for hands-on-learners who have a passion to produce their own creations.  You will be filled with pride once you achieve success on the sewing machine and experience tangible learning.

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Students showing off their dress design.

Dresses Feature Story

Dress to "In Press"

Minnetonka High School fashion design class brought their couture fashions to life by creating dresses out of newspapers. The fashion design course was developed 13 years ago and is one of the few fashion courses available in Minnesota public schools.

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