• What are the benefits of learning online?

    More and more colleges are requiring students to take online classes as part of their regular coursework. Not only will StepAhead students graduate with the rigor and experience of such classes, time management and organizational skills will also be learned. Online classes are available anytime, anywhere, to more comfortably fit a student’s busy schedule.

    Online learning isn't for everyone, what type of student is this learning style best for?

    Online learning is best for students who are:
    • Comfortable with technology
    • Proficient in reading
    • Highly motivated
    • Self-disciplined
    • Organized

    What type of technology do students need to provide?

    A laptop or desktop computer with an Internet connection (preferably high-speed). Some type of word processing program (Microsoft’s “Word,” Apple’s “Pages,” etc.) is also suggested. For students that qualify for free or reduced lunch cost, Internet Essentials may be able to assist with Internet access. Visit InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for more information.

    What does a StepAhead online class look like?

    StepAhead uses a service called Apex Learning to deliver class content online.

    Are students able to work at their own pace?

    Students in the StepAhead program will be able to work at their own pace so long as they meet required deadlines and follow the established trimester schedule.

    Will different learning styles be used to teach coursework?

    Online classes are formatted in a variety of learning styles. They may include independent work, online forums, video chats and webinar discussions.

    How quickly should students expect to get answers back from teachers and/or counselors?

    Questions sent to teachers and/or counselors by either students or parents will be answered within 24 hours or less.

    Will students be expected to visit campus?

    Yes, students will be required to visit a school campus (in the Anoka area) for a few activities including assessments, lab work and field trips. Students must provide their own transportation to and from these visits.

    Can students take extra classes to get ahead?

    No, overloading is currently not an option.

    What will a student’s StepAhead diploma say?

    Graduating StepAhead students will earn a diploma from the Anoka-Hennepin School District. A college transcript will also be provided if post-secondary credits were earned.

    Will the college credits earned by students be easily transferrable?

    Yes, college credits earned will transfer to many schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. This includes 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities in Minnesota. Credits are also transferable out of state, depending on the receiving college.

    Can students participate in extracurricular activities?

    Yes, all StepAhead students are welcome to participate in extracurricular activities, such as athletics or academic clubs. They can do so at one of Anoka-Hennepin’s five high schools (Anoka, Andover, Blaine, Champlin Park or Coon Rapids) or create an activity with other StepAhead students. Activities are supported by the Minnesota State High School League.