Life is not just about academics. Students socialize with other incredible students through online clubs, in-person activities, and field trips that connect peers and turn classmates into friends.

Bringing Students Together

Connecting with other students at school and in the local community is a big part of what makes Minnesota Connections Academy so enriching. Children from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Rochester alike will love all the opportunities they have to make new friends and explore their passions.

In addition to meeting with their fellow students in LiveLesson® sessions and collaborating with them on school projects, your child can join many other activities. Our virtual clubs for students give your child the chance to meet up with students with similar interests. When available, in-person field trips in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and all across the state bring students together for great learning experiences. And the more flexible schedule gives your child time to play sports, pursue art, volunteer or do anything else they enjoy in their community.

Field trips

Exploring the World Together

There is so much to see and do all over Minnesota. And our voluntary field trips give your child a chance to experience these amazing places firsthand. From historical sites to zoos, museums, the great outdoors and so much more, your child can go on adventures alongside their fellow students, exploring, learning and having fun together.

Clubs & Activities

Doing What Excites Them Most

What does your child love? Computer coding? Writing poetry? Playing chess? Maybe they want to try their hand at journalism. Or take part in a scientific experiment. Whatever their passion—whatever new interest they want to explore—they’ll likely find an online club that feels made for them. Through our clubs, your child can build on the skills they’re learning in class while making new friends and gaining social confidence. Our clubs even offer opportunities to compete in contests at local, state and national levels. Clubs are a wonderful way for your child to learn, grow and enjoy school even more.

Designed to spark student creativity by exploring two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, photography, and graphic design through techniques and styles associated with each medium. Students have the opportunity to create original designs and artwork, share their artwork with peers, learn about appropriate critique guidelines, and provide feedback to other club members. .

Encourages students to create crafts using materials found at home and in nature. Integrated with subjects such as social studies, science, and math, students work on a variety of creative projects.

Offers a unique opportunity to learn from chess experts and enjoy playing chess with other students in biweekly LiveLesson sessions. Club members are encouraged to enjoy friendly competition through the use of an online chess gaming system. All club members are invited to participate in chess tournaments throughout the year.

Allows students who have an affinity for technology and gaming to explore and discuss gaming styles and genres, learn about careers in the gaming and technology industry, and share their original work in LiveLesson sessions. Individual and collaborative projects may include creating elements of video games and investigating internet safety and cyberthreats.

Enables students to work with the scientific method by planning experiments and observing the world. Particular emphasis is placed on the environment, with lessons and discussions focused on keeping the planet clean and various other global issues such as alternative energy, recycling, and allocating limited resources. Students conduct experiments at home and share the processes and results with their peers. They also predict outcomes and alter variables of experiments conducted in LiveLesson sessions.

Gross Science
Storytelling, Virtual Art Museum Field Trips
NASA News Flash
Financial Literacy/Money Smarts
Bring Your Pet to School
Snack & Chats
Celebrating Diversity
Earth Day
Makers’ Lab
Mysteries of Math
Photography Showcase
Talent Shows

During the school year, the Connections Academy Clubs & Activities team offers a variety of events to provide opportunities for students to interact with other students, explore topics, and showcase talents. These special events occur during specified time periods and do not require club enrollment.

Some examples of special events include the Photography and Music Showcases, and Hour of Code (to celebrate Computer Science Week). There’s something for everyone in the online National Clubs & Activities program!


Celebrating With Families

High school graduation is a big deal. And, at Minnesota Connections Academy, we give it all the pomp and circumstance it deserves.

When your child graduates from our online high school in Minnesota, they’ll gather with you and the rest of your family for a graduation ceremony. Caps and gowns and diplomas are all part of the day, giving your child the recognition they’ve earned before they move on to their next adventure, prepared to take on the world.


Connecting on the Local Level

Whether you live in one of the many small towns or big cities of Minnesota, your local community is a part of who you are. And that makes it a part of who we are too. All across the state, our community coordinators, Learning Coaches and students come together to volunteer and participate in community events. It’s a great way to be a part of your local community and your online school community.

Parents, in particular, perform a very important role, as they often play the role of the Learning Coach, keeping the student on track and regularly communicating with teachers.


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