What is StepAhead?StepAhead is a full-time online high school (grades nine through 12) offered through Minnesota’s largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin. It offers a complete high school curriculum that meets all state graduation requirements. Best of all, students attending StepAhead have an opportunity to earn free college credit, accepted at many state colleges and universities.
StepAhead students receive support from a team of licensed education and guidance professionals. This experienced staff is committed to meeting the academic, social and post-secondary needs of each StepAhead student.
The program is approved from the Minnesota Department of Education. All Minnesota high schoolers are welcome to attend: grades nine through 12 can enroll fall 2015. For more information, visit the academic or enrollment pages.
Mission and VisionThe online high school will meet the needs of the 21st Century learner:
- The online program will assess and provide relevant, rigorous curriculum that meets the postsecondary standards to assure that students are college and career ready;
- Students will obtains the skills as needed to be globally competitive in the 21st Century workforce; and
- Students will have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma from the Anoka-Hennepin School District entirely online.
Director Jessica LipaJessica Lipa has worked with Anoka-Hennepin since 2000. She is currently director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP) and StepAhead Online High School.
Lipa has worked extensively with post-secondary institutions and local businesses to assure students receive the best real-world experiences for their exploration into careers.
Lipa has also taken on the roles of career placement specialist as well as family and consumer science teacher while with Anoka-Hennepin.