BlueSky Online School
Frequently Asked Questions

Is BlueSky a public or a private school? How much does it cost to attend BlueSky?
What kinds of students enroll at BlueSky?
How much help and support will I get at BlueSky?
What do I need to do to enroll at BlueSky?
When can I enroll? Do I need to wait until the beginning of a new term?
Can I take just a few courses at BlueSky?
What are the courses like at BlueSky?
Can I obtain any college-level credit through BlueSky?
Will the credits I've earned at other high schools count towards my diploma?
How long will it take me to finish high school?


 

Is BlueSky a public or a private school? How much does it cost to attend BlueSky?

BlueSky is a public charter school that serves students throughout Minnesota. As a public school, BlueSky is free to all Minnesota residents in grades 7 - 12. There is no enrollment fee or charge to take courses. 


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What kinds of students enroll at BlueSky?

All kinds! There is no typical BlueSky student. Our students come from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. They have different reasons for needing the flexibility and personalized attention of an online education. Our students include:

• high-achieving students who want to work at their own pace
• students who are parents
• students who need to work full-time while going to school
• student who are athletes and performers who need a flexible schedule for training or rehearsal
• students who dropped out of school and want to get their diploma
• students who were previously homeschooled
• students have who have health problems that make it difficult to attend school on a fixed schedule
• students who simply are not satisfied with traditional schools and are looking for a different option. 

 
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How much help and support will I get at BlueSky?

At BlueSky, you will receive one-on-one attention unmatched by other Minnesota online high schools and many traditional schools. Your teachers will be in frequent contact with you, via phone, e-mail, text, and other communication methods. They will provide you with one-on-one help and support.

You also will be assigned a three-person team to help you throughout your time at BlueSky. Your home base advisor will get to know you and your family well, through frequent calls and e-mails. She or he will monitor and support your academic progress, act as an advocate for you, and keep you informed about deadlines, events, and any BlueSky requirements. Your counselor will help you to plan your time at BlueSky and to prepare for life post-graduation, offering personal and academic support. Your social worker is available to help you with personal and school concerns, can assist you during crises, and can connect you with resources in your community. 

Learn more about student support at BlueSky. 

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What do I need to do to enroll at BlueSky?

It's easy. All you need to get started at BlueSky is to click on the Enroll Now tab at the top of the page, read the directions, and fill out the enrollment form. (Note that there are two parts to the application. so be sure to do both.) It will take you about 30 minutes. If you are 17 or under, you will need a parent or guardian with you as you complete the form. Counselors from BlueSky will follow up with you and walk you through the rest of the process

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When can I enroll at BlueSky?

You may enroll at BlueSky Online School at any time during the year. You do not need your current school's permission. However, it is professional courtesy to notify your current school of your plans. In order to save your credits, it is important to coordinate when you leave a school and when you start at BlueSky. Try to make sure you do not receive any F's because you are leaving. Instead try to get a letter grade for your work. If a letter grade is not possible, you may be able to obtain a "W" for withdraw instead of an F. These are questions to ask your counselor as you prepare to leave.

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Can I just take a few courses at BlueSky?

Currently, BlueSky only accepts full-time students.

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What are the courses like at BlueSky?

The BlueSky curriculum meets all state standards and satisfies all requirements for a Minnesota high school diploma. Our courses are designed by our licensed teachers, who tailor courses to our students' learning needs. BlueSky students enjoy high-interest, creative classes in the core subject areas. Our students rave about our engaging elective courses that range from classes in web design to cooking classes and music lessons. We even have a class called Garage Band! Click the ‘Courses" tab at the top of the page to learn more about our courses.

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Can I obtain any college-level credit through BlueSky?

Absolutely!  Students who meet certain requirements can enroll in courses at colleges and universities that participate in the state PSEO (post-secondary enrollment options) program. They earn both BlueSky credit and college credit for the courses they take through the program.

Learn more about college-level options here. 

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Will the credits I've earned at other high schools count towards my diploma?

When you enroll, credits from any schools you've  previousy attended will usually transfer to BlueSky and count toward your diploma. Upon admission, BlueSky will contact the school last attended and request a copy of your most recent transcript. Any credits that apply toward BlueSky's graduation requirements will be applied to your BlueSky student record. In most cases, all credits earned from other schools will transfer.

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How long will it take me to finish high school?

The amount of time it takes a student to finish high school depends on several factors. The number of credits already earned at other schools is an important component in determining an estimated graduation date. Some students may need time to adjust to online learning and their pace advances as they become more comfortable with online instruction. Many students balance work, school, and personal obligations; these can affect a student's pace, as well.

Students are assigned six classes per semester. If they pass all of the classes, they move forward on time. If they drop a class or fail to meet a passing percentage, that affects their graduation date.

With the help of your home base advisor, you will develop a learning plan and study schedule. Students who follow their plan and allow enough time for school work move through the coursework on an expected timeline. Others may take longer to reach the same goal. BlueSky staff will support you as your work toward your diploma, no matter how quickly you complete your requirements or how long it takes you!  

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