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VANTAGE is Minnetonka High School’s advanced professional studies program. Through experiential learning, students are exposed to a vibrant example of innovation in modern education. VANTAGE offers a unique way for high school students to apply their course content in real-world settings. Students solve authentic problems through project-based assignments. They are paired with a one-on-one mentor for the year, attend site visits and host guest instructors regularly, all while fulfilling rigorous academic credit requirements.

VANTAGE offers ten focus areas or "strands."

  1. Falanqaynta Ganacsiga
  2. Naqshadaynta + Suuqgeynta
  3. Ganacsiga Caalamiga ah
  4. Joogtaynta Caalamka
  5. Sayniska Caafimaadka
  1. Xiriirka Caalamiga ah
  2. Multimedia Communications 
  3. Siyaasadda Dadweynaha
  4. User Experience (UX) Design
  5. Waxbarashada VANTAGE

Through the VANTAGE experience, students develop a set of critical life skills that are designed to drive success on any path:

  • Teamwork
  • Problem-Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Hogaaminta
  • Professionalism
     

Note: When students register for one VANTAGE course in Skyward, they will be automatically enrolled in all associated courses.

Course Listing

Falanqaynta Ganacsiga (VANTAGE)

Course: #V100
Level: Standard Level (SL)
Grade(s) offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: 2.0

  • AP Statistics (1.0 math credit - weighted)
  • IB Business Management SL or HL (1.0 business elective credit - weighted)

Prerequisites: Interest in global business and statistics. Students who have taken VANTAGE Business Analytics or IB Business SL at MHS are not eligible for Global Business.

This course teaches students the process of analyzing big data and discovering new information to support management decision-making in the business world.

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Naqshadeynta + Suuqgeynta (VANTAGE)

Course: #V104 
Grades Offered: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
MHS Credits: 2.0

  • CIS Creative Problem Solving (1.0 art credit - weighted) 
  • Marketing I & II (1.0 business elective credit)

College Credits: 3.0

  • CIS Creative Marketing Design (3.0 CIS University of Minnesota credits)

Prerequisites: Interest in marketing and graphic design.

In this course, students will learn all about what it takes to be successful in the design and marketing fields. They will master graphic design software, layout and presentation apps, and produce work for print and online environments. At the same time, students will also learn about marketing principles that influence performance in the marketplace.

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Ganacsiga Caalamiga ah (VANTAGE)

Course: #V102
Grade(s) offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: 3.0

  • AP Microeconomics (1.0 social studies credit - weighted)
  • AP Seminar (1.0 English credit - weighted)
  • IB Business Management SL (1.0 business elective credit - weighted)

Prerequisites: Interest in business. Students who have taken VANTAGE Business Analytics or IB Business SL at MHS are not eligible for Global Business.

This VANTAGE strand creates an opportunity for students to explore diverse global business concepts through a global lens. Students utilized critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve complex business problems while tackling challenging coursework in economics, English and business.

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Joogtaynta Caalamiga (VANTAGE)

Course: #V300
Grades Offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: 2.0

  • AP Environmental Science (1.0 science elective credit - weighted)
  • Global Studies and Economics (1.0 social studies credit)

Prerequisites: Interest in the environment and sustainability. Students must have completed a biology credit or concurrently enrolled in Biology (Biology G, AP Biology, or IB Biology).

This experiential course meets students at the intersection of science, food, sustainability, and economics. Students work on real projects as they go deep into sustainable practices.

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Sayniska Caafimaadka (VANTAGE)

Course: #V200
Grade(s) offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: 2.25

  • AP Psychology (1.0 social studies credit - weighted)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (1.0 science elective credit)
  • Medical Sciences (.25 science elective credit) - Students choose between Nursing Assistant Registered (NAR) or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course options.

Prerequisites: Physical science and algebra; interest in health sciences; chemistry strongly recommended. Students who have already completed Human Anatomy and Physiology I at MHS are NOT eligible for this strand.

Explore a variety of healthcare fields through coursework, site visits, guest instruction and projects. Become certified as a Nursing Assistant Registered or Emergency Medical Responder.

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Xiriirka Caalamiga ah

Course: #V800
Grade offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
MHS Credits: 2.0

  • IB Global Politics SL* (1.0 social studies credit - weighted)
  • College Writing (1.0 English credit - weighted)

College Credits: 4.0

  • College Writing (4.0 Normandale Community College credits through concurrent enrollment)

*This is a year-long social studies elective course which can be applied to the required 12th-grade social studies credit.
**Students who have already completed IB Global Politics in Spanish are NOT eligible for this strand.

International Relations is an introductory course on international politics and the relations between actors in the global political system. The overarching goal of this course is for students to critically engage with diverse and opposing perspectives to better understand the changing world and their role as citizens.

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Isgaarsiinta Multimedia (VANTAGE) - Horay u ahaan jirtay Suxufi Dijital ah

Course: #V600
Grade(s) offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: 2.0

  • Video Production (1.0 Arts credit)
  • Digital Journalism and Investigative Research (1.0 English credit)

Prerequisites: Interest in digital media and telling stories that matter

Students learn about journalistic video production by working on a variety projects including writing memoirs, public service announcements, promotional videos for outside organizations, and podcasts.

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Dhismaha Capitol

Course: #V700
Grade(s) offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
MHS Credits: 2.0

  • AP Seminar (1.0 English credit - weighted)
  • CIS Political Science 1001: American Democracy in a Changing World (1.0 social studies credit - weighted)

College credits: 4.0

  • CIS Political Science 1001: American Democracy in a Changing World (4.0 University of Minnesota credits)

Prerequisites: Interest in how public policy is formulated.

This VANTAGE strand creates an opportunity for students to explore the world of public policy formulation through coursework, projects, mentoring, guest instruction, and site visits. Students utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills to evaluate complex public policy questions while tackling challenging coursework in English and social studies. 

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Khibrada Isticmaalaha (UX) Naqshadeynta (VANTAGE)

Course: #V500
Grade(s) offered: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: 2.0

  • AP Computer Science Principles (1.0 computer science elective credit - weighted)
  • Digital Interface Design (1.0 art credit) 

Prerequisites: Interest in how applications and websites are designed and developed.

Develop skills in creative problem solving, innovation and human-centered design. Design and develop mobile apps and websites through the VANTAGE experience.

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Waxbarashada VANTAGE (VANTAGE)

Course: #V400
Grades Offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
MHS Credits: 2.0

  • CIS Public Speaking (1.0 English credit - weighted) CIS
  • Exploring the Teaching Profession (1.0 FACS elective credit - weighted)

College Credits: 5.0 

  • CIS Public Speaking (3.0 University of Minnesota credits)
  • CIS Exploring the Teaching Profession (2.0 credits University of Minnesota credits)

Prerequisites: This course is for any student who has ever thought about becoming a teacher. It provides a deep look into the realm of teaching as a career exploration.

Students will investigate all aspects of the education profession including teaching, paraprofessional roles and education administration.

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