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: #6314
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: #6300
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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Fashion Design

Course: #6306
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: #6312
Course: #T6312*, Tonka Online 
*Select term S=summer, F=fall, W=winter
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: #6310
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: #6316
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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Personal and Family Relationships

Course: #6318
Course: T6318*, Tonka Online
*Select term S=summer, F=fall, W=winter
Grade(s) offered: grade 11, grade 12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None

Develop skills and knowledge in the area of interpersonal relationships and family life. Develop strategies and skills to maintain and grow healthy relationships in your life.

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Sew Creative I

Course: #6304
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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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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Academic Standards

Minnetonka Public Schools adheres to academic standards developed by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

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