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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    NG
  6. Health & Safety
    NG
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    NG
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
306 W Elm St
Houston, MN 55943
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Minnesota Virtual Academy, a program of the Houston Public School District, brings learning alive for students with a personalized program of engaging courses; full-time, dedicated teachers; and a vibrant school community.

• Individualized Learning Plans target each student's strengths and weaknesses.
• Minnesota-licensed teachers guide progress and tailor teaching to student needs.
• A robust Advanced Learner Program offers K–5 students additional challenges and enrichment.
• Destinations Career Academy helps students in grades 9–12 get ahead with courses in Business and Health and Human Services.
• Eligible juniors and seniors can earn college credits on select courses.
• Social events, extracurricular activities, and clubs bring students together.

Minnesota Virtual Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
33%
Average Graduation Rate
39%
Average SAT
Average ACT
25
38 responses
AP Enrollment
5%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
NG
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 5 responses
Report
  • Graduation- It's a big deal to them
    60%
  • Field Trips - Gatherings
    20%
  • Online school- few events close enough to attend
    20%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,539
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
31%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
8%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    22:1
    National
    17:1
    Average Teacher Salary
    $52,885
    Teachers in First/Second Year
    2.5%
    67%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
    92%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
    83%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

    Minnesota Virtual Academy Reviews

    54 reviews
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    Mnva is an absolutely amazing alternative to a public school building. I can no longer go to a school building because of health issues, and am sure glad I chose this option. The CCs are a great time to be communicating with your teachers, and get to have the content taught by a person and not a website. But, the PE teacher does not do a very good job of adjusting content based on students medical needs. The PE teacher also teaches at a public school 4/5 days a week and thinks everyone online can do the same stuff as the people in ‘regular’ school. For example, he has his students run a timed mile twice a year. A huge amount of students at mnva do online schooling BECAUSE of PE. I personally cannot run 1/2 of a mile without passing out. I told him that and he didn’t give me any alternatives. He told me to run as fast and far as my body can handle, then stop. He should have given me a different activity, like jump roping as many times as I can in ___ seconds!
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    I am a junior and this is my first year with them! It has really been great because of the flexibility and overall communication between my teachers and I. I think the biggest thing that has contributed to my overall success is how approachable the teachers are. I can communicate my questions, concerns, and comments (respectfully), and get a response very quick using different programs. MNVA HS (I pronounce it Minn-Va) is the best choice for an online high school!
    It was an alright experience, but there were a lot of issues with how classes were handled. I remember feeling like my teachers weren't really teaching me, but rather handing me a book on the subject and telling me the basic idea. It also seemed like the teachers didn't have a universal way of organizing their content, to the point where a feature that was necessary in one class was virtually useless in another. Beyond that, if you have difficulty keeping track of thing, then this is not a good idea for you. The school is nice with it's many options, but is terribly disorganized.