Public Policy

Minnesota State Capitol

The professional world of public policy formulation encompasses national, state, and local government; public relations, public interest organizations, issue-advocacy organizations, political parties, and many other entities. VANTAGE Public Policy gives students an opportunity to explore this world and understand each of the entities and elements that drive public policy formulation.

VANTAGE Public Policy students will:

  • work on real policy projects with outside public policy organizations
  • be mentored by a professional from the world of public policy
  • learn from guest instructors who are experts in their fields
  • visit sites such as the state capitol, city hall, and private policy offices

Course Credit
Year-long, two-credit course earns:

  • AP Seminar (one credit in English)
  • CIS American Democracy in a Changing World (one credit in Social Studies)
    • Students completing this course will receive four University of Minnesota credits for the Political Sciences 1001 course
  • Offered in grades 11-12 Guest Instructors

Guest Instructors

Guest instructors provide expertise on topics aligned to the VANTAGE curriculum. Teachers use a content-first approach to learning, enabling you to master academic core content, and then see how it is implemented by partners to provide solutions to real-world challenges.

Mentorship and Networking

All VANTAGE students have a 1:1 mentor, but the networking extends beyond one professional. Mentors often open doors and guest instructors freely share their contact information, some provide employment and extended site visits.


The foundation of VANTAGE is project-based learning. VANTAGE projects create unprecedented engagement because, unusually for the first time, students are doing real work that impacts the world beyond Minnetonka high school.

Contact Us

Roger Andre
VANTAGE Director

Stephanie Lolich
VANTAGE Program Strategist

Missy Bemm
VANTAGE Program Coordinator

VANTAGE Headquarters
4350 Baker Road
Minnetonka, MN 55343

VANTAGE Highway 7 Location
18707 Old Excelsior Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55345

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