Programs and Services

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Two teachers and 8 students outside making tie-dyed shirts

Character Strong
NMFA uses Character Strong school wide as our social and emotional learning curriculum. Learn more about the program here: Character Strong

Bullying Prevention:
Our Second Step Program is dedicated to fostering the safety and well- being of children, and bullying prevention is a key aspect of its mission. Research shows that feeling unsafe at school affects a student’s ability to learn, focus, and take academic risks. With safety and student success on the line, we’ve been consistent and unwavering in our work to prevent bullying. Our Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit is taught in conjunction with the Second Step Program in classrooms across the country.

Special Education:
At North Metro Flex Academy there are currently 56 students who receive special education services. These include students who receive services for speech, occupational therapy, developmental adaptive physical education, emotional behavior disorders, specific learning disabilities, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and other health disabilities. Our special education team is a group of dedicated, compassionate, and experienced teachers who strive to provide the best education to all students with disabilities.

English language Learners (ELL):
Our program is developed to improve access to state core content standards. It improves the ability to comprehend, speak and write English in traditional academic form.

Title I Reading and Math:
The goal of the Title I Reading and Math Program is to accelerate the learning of students who are achieving below grade level in one or both areas. The teachers work to determine students’ current understanding in math and reading.  The assessments the teachers administer are utilized to inform the teachers’ instruction.  The Title I teachers incorporate knowledge about their students’ current understandings into their lesson planning and teaching.

Besides small group instruction in Title I we also incorporate computer programs STAR 360 and Freckle Math.  Each of these are helpful tools to facilitate and differentiate students learning at their own individual level and also to monitor their progress throughout the school year.

PSEO Information

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own admissions requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis (see note below). Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO on a term by term basis.

By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year (whichever is earlier), schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.

There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course; however, students may incur fees for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed, textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies, or for tuition costs if they do not notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement.

Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions.

Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.

School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether on-line or on campus.

Each year, districts must publish their grade-weighting policy on their website, including a list of courses for which students can earn weighted grades.

All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board’s decision to the commissioner. The commissioner’s decision regarding the number of credits will be final.

Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.

Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8th grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional postsecondary courses. If the student did not take the MCA in 8th-grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.

For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.