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Frequently Asked Questions :

What is a charter school?
Charter schools in Minnesota are free and public schools with a specific focus.  For example, TrekNorth has a focus on college prep academics, outdoor adventure, service learning, and a small school community.  Other charter schools in Minnesota have a focus on language immersion, agriculture, project based learning, and many other things.  Charter schools are funded the same way traditional public schools are, and are held accountable to the same standards.

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What type of curriculum does TrekNorth use?
Students at TrekNorth take all the classes you'd expect a middle school or high school student to take: English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Spanish, Art, and Music.  The difference is that we teach these courses with a college prep focus, and we use Advanced Placement (AP) as the backbone of our academic curriculum.  We couple this college prep curriculum with our outdoor and service programs to give students a very unique set of learning experiences throughout middle school and high school.  We strongly believe that our curriculum leads to graduates who are truly prepared to "make a positive difference in their local and global communities."

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What is Advanced Placement?
Advanced Placement describes a set of college level courses offered in a high school setting and taught by high school teachers.  Advanced Placement courses are challenging and when a student is successful with the course they can earn credit towards college graduation.  Advanced Placement courses at TrekNorth run for the entire school year, and there is typically only 10-15 students in a class. TrekNorth offers ten different AP courses, and we have students who graduate with up to a full year's worth of college credit.  

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How big is TrekNorth?
TrekNorth has 245 students in grades 6-12.  The average staff to student ratio is 1:17.  We strongly believe in small class sizes because this is what allows our teachers to work effectively with their students on a college prep curriculum.

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Are there any requirements to be accepted into TrekNorth?
TrekNorth is a free and public school, so we can't pick and choose students based on academic or behavioral records.  Students are admitted based on the space we have available.  TrekNorth has students from Bemidji and all the surrounding communities, and some of our students receive Special Education services.  The enrollment policy can be found here. (create link to policy page-enrollment policy)

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Are there extracurricular programs available to TrekNorth students?
TrekNorth has a variety of extracurricular programs that we offer as part of the Minnesota State High School League, including soccer, cross country running, nordic skiing, track and field, speech, knowledge bowl, and robotics.  We also have an Envirothon team, as well as a Student Council and National Honor Society.

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How do TrekNorth students do on standardized tests?
TrekNorth students tend to match or exceed the performance of students from the area and the state of Minnesota.  Our scores on Advanced Placement Exams, which can earn a student free college credit, far exceed local, state, and national averages.  

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How does TrekNorth compare to other schools?
While there are many ways to measure a public school, TrekNorth tends to stand out.  The school has been ranked as high as the 4th best school in Minnesota by US News & World Report, and TrekNorth is one of only a handful of schools in the state to be designated a "Reward School" (the highest ranking available) for four years in a row by the Minnesota Department of Education.  Additionally, parents typically report high levels of satisfaction with the way the school communicates and educates their child.

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How do the Outdoor Adventure Program and Service Learning Program work?
Through the OAP and SLP, we hope to provide students with meaningful experiences that will help shape their future.  The OAP creates opportunities for students to learn the skills necessary for activities such as backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and skiing, while the SLP helps students better understand the value of service in their world.  Starting in the TrekNorth Middle School, students have day long experiences involving either local outdoor adventure or local volunteer work.  As students get older, the opportunity to travel to more distant locations become available.  Our Service Learning Program culminates with a 6-day urban immersion trip to Chicago, and our Outdoor Adventure Program culminates with a 6-day skiing and snowshoeing trip to Grand Marais, Minnesota.

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How does transportation and lunch work at TrekNorth?
Students can ride school buses to and from TrekNorth, just as if they were students in the Bemidji School District.  Students can also drive to TrekNorth, and like most schools, we also have bike racks.  TrekNorth also provides school lunch everyday, and families can qualify for free or reduced price lunch just like any other public school.


What is the daily schedule at TrekNorth?
TrekNorth has a 5-period day, and school starts at 8:30 and gets done at 3:10.  We take a 30-minute break for lunch and we have 5 minutes for passing time between classes.  6th-8th graders have 5 classes per day, along with activity time and Advisory, while 9th-12th graders typically take 4 classes and one study hall.


Does TrekNorth offer school activities?
TrekNorth consistently has school dances and other weekend activities.  Our goal is to provide students with safe and healthy social events that allow them to have a good time with their peers.

 

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