Northern Star Online offers the same rigorous, student centered experience as our on-campus courses--only the environment is different. In NSO courses, you'll find student-focused faculty, innovative instruction, and online learning that is flexible and allows students to work at their own pace, place and time. Although it's not for everyone, some students like online course work that offers a unique opportunity to build community, to learn in a new setting, and to learn in a new way. The availability of online learning to students anywhere creates the sense of a "school without borders.
Yes. If you wish to have your credits paid for by the State of Minnesota, you are required to notify your school and have your enrollment form signed by a school representative. We recommend that you begin the conversation with your counselor as soon as possible to discuss how online courses will fit into your schedule and graduation requirements.
Yes. It is required in the enrollment process for public school students to make sure that the course(s) will count toward the student’s graduation plan, and to also identify a contact person in case the Northern Star Online course instructor needs to contact someone from your school.
No for private and home-school students. While it is not required for private school students, it still is suggested that students contact their school to make sure the courses will be accepted and count towards graduation.
Yes. Adult learners are welcome to register for NSO courses provided tuition and any course fees are sent with the returned enrollment application. This includes courses that are taken for enrichment purposes.
Public school students generate state revenue that can fund either online or traditional classroom courses. The state, therefore, pays for online course work that is not considered beyond a full load. Students who currently are taking more than a full load at their school will not qualify for online state funding, and will need to pay tuition for these extra courses. For non public school students (private or home schooled), 2005 Minnesota law no longer provides funding to take NSO courses.
Students take online courses for a variety of reasons. Courses have been designed to meet a number of student learning needs, including enrichment, remediation, and credit recovery. In addition, the web-based learning will provide an alternative for home bound and home-schooled students and offer choice to solving scheduling conflicts and address learning style preferences.
Although it is difficult to delineate characteristics that reliably identify a good candidate for online learning, the literature suggests that successful students have proven to be self-motivated and self-directed. Some students may start the course with these traits while others will learn the skills through experiences in the course. In an online class, you will probably need to read and write more than you do in a traditional class.
Yes. A student with a disability is allowed to enroll in an online course. The student’s individualized education (IEP) team helps determine any accommodations necessary for the online learning course.
Parent involvement can play a big part in helping a student achieve success. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in learning about the activities and requirements for successful course completion. NSO instructors welcome contact with you and will be happy to discuss your student’s progress in their courses.
Complete the Student Readiness Survey (PDF) which is used to raise awareness of what might be expected in an online learning course. This survey will assist both students and parents in further delineating motivational, technical, academic preparedness, and learning styles issues while also highlighting characteristics that foster strong candidate success.
No. The State of Minnesota will reimburse for eligible students to enroll in a maximum of 12 semester-long course credits during a single school year. In addition, students must receive permission from their local enrolling district to take more than half of a full course load online.