Frequently Asked Questions
VANTAGE is a college-preparatory academic program with a focus on specific career fields. Courses combine challenging high school classes and project-based learning in a professional environment to give students a head-start on their future career. This program is designed to develop highly-skilled professionals for high-demand careers. New careers fields are added each year.
Tapping the expansive network of the Twin Cities business and professional community, students learn from guest instructors, partner-driven projects, and mentors. Beyond the academic program, students develop communication, collaboration, project-management, presentation, and professional skills that distinguish them from their peers. Imagine the potential benefits of writing your college essay about a business problem you studied for Best Buy, generational research you completed for a book being published in the next year, or the clinical simulation you completed with a leading research hospital.
Each area of study has a unique personality, bringing together students with similar career interests, facilitated by a team of licensed Minnetonka teachers. Each course fulfills at least one graduation requirement. Classes meet at the VANTAGE offices on Baker Road. Click on the course of study to read the course description, prerequisites and number of hours/credits.
- When and how do I enroll?
- Let's connect! Express your interest today.
- Is there a minimum GPA required?
- Are VANTAGE courses weighted for GPA calculations?
We enroll students annually in conjunction with the Minnetonka High School registration window each February/March for the following school year. New students can enroll beginning in January through the first week of classes in September on a space-available basis. Students must be enrolled in Minnetonka High School to participate in this program. Visit our enrollment page for more information.
1. EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST NOW. The online interest form will take just a few minutes to complete. The application must be completed by the student, not a parent.
2. REGISTER. During the February/March MHS registration window, you must log into Skyward and add VANTAGE by course number to your course list.
No. There is no minimum GPA required, but students need to be on track for graduation and have a plan for on-time completion of all required credits for graduation.
Most people are surprised to learn that VANTAGE is representative of the average student at Minnetonka High School. The average cumulative GPA for VANTAGE students over the last two years was 3.4, only slightly higher than the cumulative MHS Median GPA of 3.27. VANTAGE has been instrumental in moving more MHS students to a higher level of rigor. Students who may not have taken an AP or IB course in a traditional classroom have found great success in VANTAGE.
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses may receive a weighted grade if students earn a 3 or higher on the AP or IB exam. Students earn a grade for each credit within a VANTAGE course. If the course includes an AP or IB course credit, that particular grade is weighted. For example, students in Business Analytics are eligible for weighted grades in AP Statistics and IB Business Management.