VANTAGE

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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 coursework in real-world settings. Students solve authentic problems though project-based assignments. The VANTAGE experience includes working one-on-one with a mentor for the year, regular guest instruction and site visits, all while fulfilling rigorous academic credit requirements.

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

Course Listing

Business Analytics (VANTAGE)

Course: #V100
Grade(s) offered: 11 or 12
Credits: 2.0 (1.0 math credit and 1.0 business elective credit)
Prerequisites: Interest in global business and statistics. Students registering for IB Business Management HL must have completed the SL level.

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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Design + Marketing (VANTAGE)

Course: #V104
Grades Offered: 10-12
Credits: 2.0 (1.0 Arts credit and 1.0 business elective credit)
This course fulfills the Arts credit requirement.
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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Digital Journalism (VANTAGE)

Course: #V600
Grade(s) offered: 11 or 12
Credits: 2.0 (1.0 required English credit and 1.0 Arts credit)
Prerequisites: Interest in digital media and journalism

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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Global Business (VANTAGE)

Course: #V102
Grade(s) offered: 11 or 12
Credits: 3.0 (1.0 social studies credit, 1.0 required English credit and 1.0 business elective credit)
Prerequisites: Interest in global business, students registering for IB Business Management HL must have completed the SL level

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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Global Sustainability (VANTAGE)

Course: #V300
Grades Offered: 11 or 12
Credits: 2.0 (1.0 science elective credit and 1.0 social studies credit)
Prerequisites: Interest in the environment and sustainability. Students must have completed a Biology credit or be concurrently enrolled in Biology (general level Biology, AP Biology or IB Biology SL)

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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Health Sciences (VANTAGE)

Course: #V200
Grade(s) offered: 11 or 12
Credits: 2.25 (1.0 social studies credit, 1.0 science elective credit, .25 science elective credit)
Prerequisites: Physical science and algebra; interest in health sciences; chemistry strongly recommended. Students who have already completed Anatomy are NOT eligible for this strand. Contact VANTAGE directly or your counselor for specifics.

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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Capitol Building

Course: #V700
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 2.0 (1.0 English credit and 1.0 Social Studies credit) and 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. Through a partnership with the University of Minnesota, students will earn 4.0 credits in the CIS American Democracy in a Changing World course.

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User Experience (UX) Design (VANTAGE)

Course: #V500
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: 2.0 (1.0 Arts credit and 1.0 computer science elective credit)
This course fulfills the Arts credit requirement.
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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VANTAGE Education (VANTAGE) - NEW FOR 2022-23

Course: #V400
Grades Offered: 11-12
Credits: 2.0 (1.0 English credit and 1.0 FACS elective credit)

Successful completion of this course will also give students University of Minnesota credits through our partnership with their CIS program.


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 career exploration.

Students will have the opportunity to spend ample time in classrooms experiencing the everyday reality of teaching. Students will investigate all aspects of the education profession including teaching, paraprofessional roles, and education administration. Students will develop innovative learning activities and try them in classroom settings with primarily preschool and elementary students. 

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VANTAGE Students meeting with mentors