Summer Program Information

The Minnesota State Academies’ ESY program is open to all Blind/Visually Impaired, DeafBlind, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing students in Minnesota. The program is designed to support students from Minnesota districts, specific to their unique needs, by providing programming opportunities and experiences with peers with similar needs. This may be different than or in addition to their regular school year program. Districts may designate MSA as an ESY service, regardless if the student attends MSA during the regular school year.

The following programs will run from July 12 - 23, 2021 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration will be held on: Sunday, July 11 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Deadline: Applications must be received no later than May 7, 2021

Application must include the student’s most recent IEP.  Space is limited in summer programs.  Decisions, in conjunction with other factors, will be based on a first come, first serve basis.

This Year's Theme: "Let the Games Begin" 

Bringing the drama and the glory of the 2020 Summer Olympics to MSAB! Students will set goals, participate in events and learn facts about Ancient and Modern Olympics.  Engaging literature will guide the students through the culture of Japan, various athletes, geography, technology and friendly competitions. 

Our theme-based curriculum consists of reading, writing, math, technology, physical education, music, art, social skills, listening skills and home living. This program is designed to create a learning environment for students. Our students will be able to participate in group projects within the classroom, school, and community.

 Independence 101

The Independence 101 Summer Program will offer opportunities for both middle school and high school age students.  Each group of students will participate in activities encompassing the three areas of transition (postsecondary, employment, and independent living). 

Focusing on increasing functional learning skills, this program is designed to create an active learning environment for students entering grades 7-12. 

Elementary 

Designed to meet the needs of academic elementary-aged students (grades K-6), with an emphasis on academic and functional reading, writing, math, technology, physical education, music, library, art, social skills, listening skills and home living.  The goal of the program is for students to continue work on the identified essential goals of their individual educational plan.

Students with Multiple Disabilities

This program is designed to meet the extended year service needs of students ages 5-21. The overall program focus is to maintain basic functional skills while integrating home living, self-help, and technology skills. Students will maintain individual educational plan goals relating to self-sufficiency and independence, and functional academics. The program components consist of functional reading, writing, math, technology, physical education, music, library, art, social skills, listening skills and home living. 

Cost:

All programs are free to parents and students. The Minnesota State Academy funds most programs through dollars dedicated to the school by the Minnesota Legislature. Cost impact to school districts include transportation and any one-to-one services (example: paraprofessional or nursing) that the student may require. 

Optional cost to parents: Dorm Activity Fee of $25 is optional if parents choose to have their child participate in afternoon dorm activities. This is separate from ESY programming. 

Transportation:

The resident school district is responsible for transporting students who meet criteria for extended school year. 

Parents and Resident District of current MSA students:

MSA staff will be in contact with parents regarding ESY, and no further action is needed at this time. 

Non- MSA student eligibility:

For all school-aged blind/visually impaired students in Minnesota who have Extended School Year (ESY) services indicated on their IEP.  The ESY is determined through the IEP team process. If the student meets criteria for ESY and the district would like MSA to provide ESY services, please follow the steps below.

Resident District (for Non-MSA students): 

a) The Resident District completes the ESY Registration Form.

b) The Resident District sends MSA the student's current IEP and evaluation. The IEP must clearly indicate ESY goals to be addressed. Documents may be submitted the following ways:

By email: janis.dugan@msa.state.mn.us

US mail: Janis Dugan (Noyes Hall), 615 Olof Hanson Drive, Faribault, MN 55021

c) if the Resident District has questions about ESY placement at MSA, please contact the Support Services Director brittany.thomforde@msa.state.mn.us

Please Note: Applications must be received no later than May 7, 2021. Application must include the student's most recent IEP and evaluation. Space is limited in summer programs. Decisions, in conjunction with other factors, will be based on a first come, first serve basis.

MSA will review the application and notify the district of its ability to provide ESY programming for the summer of 2021.