The mission of the MSAD High School department is to provide a bilingual environment in which students can thrive so they are prepared for their future endeavors. The visual, hands-on approach to education, classrooms full of active learning, and both large and small group settings for instruction all make MSAD high school classrooms exciting places to learn and prepare for life. MSAD's high school program consists of grades 9th-12th. Our core curriculum is in alignment with Minnesota State Standards. We have adopted textbooks that follow these standards as well as use differentiated instructional practices and modifications to meet the needs of our students. The curricula focus on English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Health, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, and Career and Technical Education. We also give students the opportunity to get involved with a variety of student organizations.
The Living Skills program is for students with developmental language needs. This program has a low staff-to-student ratio in order to focus on each student's unique needs. Clear visuals, highly structured environments, and other supports are used to ensure student success. Our students take reading, writing and math classes and work on and/or off-campus through our Work Experience program. Students participate in community outings to grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, and banks They also learn basic cooking, cleaning, gardening, laundry, and budgeting skills.
We are dedicated to meeting all of the needs of all of our students to prepare them for the next step in their lives, their life after high school. We work collaboratively to prepare our students to be 21st-century learners with the use of educational technology across all content areas.
Classes at Faribault Public Schools
We have a co-op relationship with Faribault Public Schools. If a student would like to take classes at Faribault High School, we will coordinate schedules, interpreters, transportation, and accommodations. The opportunity to take classes at both MSAD and Faribault Public Schools is a worthwhile experience for many of our students. The deadline for signing up for fall classes will be April 1st and for spring classes will be November 1st, each year.
Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
The PSEO program is for highly motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take courses at a postsecondary institution for high school and college credit. PSEO is offered at a large number of Minnesota public and private colleges and it provides students with a greater variety of class offerings and challenging college-level coursework. Tuition, fees, and required textbooks are at no cost to the students. Students who are interested in enrolling in the PSEO program must have a meeting with the director before signing up for PSEO.
Living Skills Program
The living skills program is for students with developmental language needs. This program has a low staff to student ratio in order to focus on each student's unique needs. Clear visuals, highly structured environments, and other supports are used to ensure student success. The functional and academic curriculum is presented in monthly themes such as "Ready to Work," "Making Decisions," and "Personal Safety." Students also participate in community outings to grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, banks and more. They also learn basic cooking, cleaning, gardening, laundry, budgeting, and bill pay. Our goal is to foster independence and promote the development of social skills.