Academic Support

Our goal at Minnetonka is to provide all students with the academic help they need to achieve to their highest potential, and so we encourage students to take advantage of the support system in place whenever they feel a little help could make a big difference.


Zero Hour

Teachers offer in-person student support on designated days before school (7:05-7:50). This consistent schedule allows students and teachers to plan ahead.

Minnetonka Academic Success Time (MAST)

Minnetonka Academic Success Time (MAST) runs on Wednesdays from 7:55 to 8:35 a.m. On MAST mornings, 1st period begins at 8:40 a.m. Each remaining period in the day is shortened by six minutes so that school ends at the normal time and buses can follow their regular schedules.

MAST assignments: Focused, instructional time with teachers. Teachers assign students to MAST sessions based on academic performance with the goal of providing targeted, just-in-time instruction. Students are assigned to MAST for a variety of reasons from missing work, to writing conferences, to preparing for forthcoming assessments. It is not just for students in academic distress, but for any student who might benefit from focused instructional time with their teacher.

If your child is assigned to a MAST session, our scheduling system sends the following notifications:

  • You and your child (via their Minnetonka Google email account [studentID@mtka.org] will receive an email from scheduling@minnetonkaschools.org on Tuesday afternoon that includes the subject, teacher, and location of the session.
  • Students will also receive a push notification on their iPad.

MAST attendance expectations and notification: Student attendance and participation during this instructional time is critical to their academic success. Students are required to follow the same attendance expectations and procedures as regularly scheduled classes. Before MAST assignments are scheduled, counselors, case managers, and administrators work carefully to resolve scheduling conflicts so that students are assigned to only one MAST session. Assignment to a MAST session takes priority over make-up testing. If your teen does not attend the scheduled MAST session, you will receive a separate email on Thursday morning indicating that they were absent.

Students who are not assigned to a MAST session can either engage in academic work in the school or arrive in time for 1st period to begin at 8:40 a.m.

Writing Center

Another great support is the MHS Writing Center, located off the Student Commons. The Writing Center is open Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Staffed by two English teachers and 40 trained student writing coaches, the Writing Center is open to all MHS students. Students get feedback on writing of all kinds, in all subject areas, and at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming to final revisions. All writers benefit from sharing work in progress with knowledgeable, attentive readers. Students can walk-in before school, after school, or over lunch or sign-up online for an appointment with a trained writing tutor through our Onboard app (we’ve also made a set of quick step-by-step directions to help students make an appointment).

The Writing Center is also a great environment for study or group work. Hang out, schedule a conference, or use the computers and ask questions as you write. If you're trying to clarify a thesis, integrate or analyze quotations, make inferences, organize or revise, we're here for you.

Math Center

Math Coaches are available before school in the College Center. Math Coaches are available to all students seeking assistance with math homework, preparing for a test, test corrections for a retake, or to get caught up from absences. They are able to help with all levels of math curriculum from Algebra to Calculus and Statistics, online or classroom courses; as well as ACT prep and practice.

The MHS Math Center is open for drop-in math support on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Peer math tutors are ready to help students with math ranging from algebra to calculus and statistics. Students needing a little help can get support on math homework, preparing for a test, catching up from absences, as well as with ACT math prep and practice. And on Monday and Thursday mornings, students can see their math teachers directly to get help and support in math class.

Tutoring

Academic Anchors is our peer tutoring program providing any MHS student help in core academic areas and most electives. To get help, students simply request an appointment with an Academic Anchor by filling out a short form. Once a request is submitted, an Academic Anchor reaches out to the student requesting help, and the students work together to find a time and location for their tutoring session. Support from an Academic Anchor can be one-time or ongoing based on need.

Make-up Testing

Students can report to a testing room to make up tests Monday through Thursday from 7:05 a.m.-3:40 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:00 a.m-2:40 p.m. Students must present their MHS ID to be issued a test. Please note that MAST mornings tend to be busy in testing rooms; students are encouraged to test at a different time when possible.

  • General testing: Room 1302
  • Math testing: Room 1414
  • World Language testing: Room 2614
  • English testing: Room 2420

Students who are absent (regardless of absence classification) on an in-class assessment day (i.e. test) have one week to make up the missing assessment. Anything beyond that time frame needs teacher approval. Additional days for extenuating circumstances are at the discretion of the teacher. This consistent expectation provides structure for students to remain on pace with their studies.

The Port & Quiet Study Areas

Formerly known as the Media Center, The Port is open with technology support available from staff and student TechMates. Students may also take advantage of collaborative spaces within The Port to work on small group projects, receive research help, or check out books.

When you visit MHS, you will notice our newly re-purposed spaces for quiet study and student collaboration. Such areas are by the South Entrance, throughout the Commons, outside the Health Office, and on the second floor above the north Commons. When using these spaces, students are to engage in academic work and to keep food and other items out to help the spaces remain tidy.

MHS Students

Academic Support Links

Contact

MHS Counseling Appointments
952-401-5811

Laura Herbst
Advanced Learning Coordinator (AP/IB)
laura.herbst@minnetonkaschools.org
952-401-5897

Phil Trout
College Counselor
collegeguy@minnetonkaschools.org
952-401-5746

Social Worker
952-401-4043

504 Coordinator
952-401-4033

Registrar
952-401-5815

Testing
952-401-5810

Transcripts & Scholarships
952-401-5844


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