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Kalon Academics

Our Approach

Kalon is committed to providing an exceptional campus culture that will foster strong academic achievement integrated with caring adults, relevant experiences, and a commitment to fun.

If the traditional school model hasn't been the best fit for your success, Kalon Prep Academy's model offers you a new choice.

  • A 15:1 Student/Teacher Ratio

    A learning community that fosters creative thinking and values every voice.

Kalon Prep Offers

  • All Coursework Required for Graduation

  • A Wide Range of Elective Courses

    Electives such as driver’s training, strengths for students, service learning, career navigation, life skills, health, fitness, art and more will be offered. Students will be required to attend these courses in person.

  • Interactive & Purposeful Curriculum

    Students will participate in college, business and industry tours, experience field trips that connect to the curriculum, and enjoy team building exercises and adventures.

Monday-Thursday: Core Subjects & REACH

8:30-8:55am 9:00-10:00am 10:05-11:05am 11:10am-12:10pm 12:15pm-12:50pm 12:55-1:55pm 2:00-3:00pm

Friday Electives & ROAR

8:30-10:00am 10:05-11:35am 11:40am-12:10pm 12:15-3:00pm

2022-23 Elective Options

Click on the + sign to read a description of each elective option.

* Indicates Art Credit

This intermediate course will further develop skills, knowledge and techniques used to create 3 dimensional artworks using clay, wood, plaster, mixed media/found/repurposed objects, fiber arts and papercrafts. Art history, the elements of art and principles of design, attachment methods, material manipulation and safety procedures will also be covered. This course will foster the students problem solving skills, creativity and confidence. The student’s artistic vision & individual expression will be upheld as they are encouraged to find their unique artistic “voice”. While 2D elements will be incorporated, the emphasis of this course will be on 3D artforms.

Anatomy is a study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include: the major body systems; how the body systems work together; body functions in the healthy and diseased states; blood typing; muscle action; cranial nerve functioning; and bioethics.

Are we alone?  What can we see in the sky and how do we know what is there?  We will explore the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy  and then the Universe.  We will discuss the truth behind the “Multiverse” that Dr. Strange travels through.  Come join me for a unique voyage.

* Indicates Art Credit

This course will develop the foundational skills, knowledge and techniques used to create 2 dimensional artworks through drawing, painting and printmaking. Students will learn how to develop and manipulate their compositions using the elements of art and principles of design. This course will foster the students problem solving skills, creativity and confidence. The student’s artistic vision & individual expression will be upheld as they are encouraged to find their unique artistic “voice”. While 3D elements may be incorporated, the emphasis of this course will be on 2D artforms.

Reading books and discussing them is important and enjoyable. While discussing the content of a book, we will often get much more from the book than if you just read it on your own. This course encourages students to create time to explore the content of a book with each other in order to gain the benefits that can happen when there is dialog and discussion. Students can choose to read a book of their own choice or read the same book as their peers. Either way, you will have time in class to read independently or as a group, which will then be followed by discussion points.

This is an introductory course designed to provide students with an overview of Business Essentials. Students will develop a basic understanding of business in our economy. We will briefly cover a variety of business topics throughout the semester. Topics covered may include, but not limited to, keyboarding techniques, Google application, digital citizenship, professionalism, getting the job, goals and income, budgets, investing, credit, and insurance. You will demonstrate your understanding through class presentations, notes, worksheets, group and individual project, group and individual presentations, research, videos, activities, and assessments.

In this course, students get a chance to take a closer look at various cultures around the world. Students will learn a little about the region, including the food, art, culture, music, history and crafts of the region. We may sample food or recreate an art or craft project. This course is for someone who likes hands-on projects as well as taking a closer look at various countries, regions and people groups around the world.

This course will cover: Stages of development, theories about child development, famous research projects involving children and careers related to child development.

^ This course will take up 2 blocks.
* Indicates Art Credit

Experience the adventure of Dungeons and Dragons, one of the most widely renowned tabletop roleplaying games. Discover everything from character creation and hosting your own game to the culture and history behind the magic and monsters.

^ This course will take up 2 blocks.

Osakis Area Driving School will be on the Kalon Campus to teach this course. The class will be free for students. Behind the wheel will be offered with pickup occurring at Kalon. This fee will be paid for by the student. Scholarships will be available upon request.

^ This course will take up 2 blocks.

Storytelling is the most common way that we communicate to one another. Stories told with film have a tremendous influence on our attitudes and perceptions of the world around us.  In fact, films may be one of the most powerful tools in modern culture for shaping values and conveying information.  By viewing, studying, discussing and writing about film, students develop and demonstrate skills in technological, cultural, and media literacy, as well as critical thinking and problem solving - skills that will serve them well in the real world.

^^ This course will take up 2 blocks.

Forensics is the application of science to the investigation of crimes and the psychology of criminal behavior. Students will take on the role of crime scene investigator in order to collect, explore and analyze evidence through real-life case studies and simulated crime scenes. Topics will include the study of fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, DNA, entomology (insects as evidence), anthropology (skeletal remains) as well the science of death & decomposition.

^ This course will take up 2 blocks.
* Indicates art credit.

Students will learn about traditional and contemporary artisanry and crafting, and produce art objects that are both functional and decorative. Together we will explore the tools and techniques used by various cultures. Possible projects include: origami, quilting, embroidery, whittling, macrame, beadwork, knit/crochet, calligraphy, mosaics and more! Experts in their fields will join this class to do: Soap making, Ojibwe beadwork, Fur & Leather creations, Jewelry, Rosemaling, Tatting & Quilting

This class is for those who want to establish healthy habits through challenging themselves to be better mentally emotionally and physically. A change of clothes, workout shoes, and a positive attitude are a must. There will be a daily classroom lesson, followed by a physical workout. Some of the classroom topics covered will include nutrition basics, healthy relationships, emotional wellness, disease prevention, weight management, sports nutrition, and injury care and prevention. There will be a heavy influence of strength and conditioning through weight training and speed training. Students will also have the opportunity to experience a variety of sports activities which may include, but are not limited to, martial arts, boxing, basketball, badminton, tennis, and pickleball. Students will create personal goals and develop a fitness plan along with the assistance of the instructor.

A wise man once said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Welcome to Philosophy - an elective course that will give you an opportunity to freshly examine life as we encounter ideas that have molded basic social structures. Be ready to think, listen, and discuss topics stemming from major philosophers and philosophical movements. Participation is a huge part of this course as well as being open-minded to new ideas of thought. After all, “in order to see the world we must break with our familiar acceptance of it.”

This course focuses on the study of human behavior. As an introduction to the field of psychology, this course includes consideration of psychological principles, terminology, major theories, careers, methods of experimentation, and practical applications. Special topics include personality development, problem-solving, group dynamics, and motivation.

* Indicates art credit.

Studio courses will develop visual art skills through personal project planning. Students are expected to set personal goals and plan their own studio projects. Each project may focus on a different skill or several projects may focus on a particular medium, subject, or skill investigation. Goals for each project will be planned and monitored by the student and teacher for grading. This course is specifically designed for students who consider themselves artists or have taken multiple high school art courses in the past.

* Indicates art credit.

Semester 1 – Semester 1 will focus on the performative side of acting. We will work on both improv and structured acting. You will be graded on participation with the activities as well as performing scenes in front of the whole class.

Semester 2 – Semester 2 will focus on the design elements of costume, set, lighting, and sound design. Students will learn the basics of each area and then have the opportunity to apply it. You will be graded on participation and completing the various projects for each unit.

In this course, Students will develop personalized plans for their individual health goals. Students will learn that health is not a “one size fits all” program to follow, but a lifestyle. We will shatter what society says it means to be “fit” and ”healthy” and take time to learn what our individual bodies need for exercise and nutrition. Students will grow in their confidence while learning to be advocates for their health, as well as, gain an understanding of how our body and mind work together for optimal health. Topics of study include: dating, mental health, social media,  breast and reproductive systems,  nutrition, exercise and self defense/safety. 

Students will develop personalized plans for their individual health goals. Experts in the region will assist in teaching material and leading fitness activities.

This class is for students who have jobs and want to earn credit for working. A work release time from school will be determined. Students typically work between 10-20 hours per week to meet the class requirements. Some of the topics covered in class will include job interviewing, resumes, employee/employer relations, factors that influence job retention and dismissal, customer satisfaction, and conflict resolution. Students will be observed in their work environment periodically throughout the year.

Do you enjoy writing and want more time to do so? This class offers you an opportunity to experiment with a variety of creative genres and hone your writing skills in the hopes of helping you produce quality written work. You will also get the chance to  read and examine the work of successful authors to identify what skills and techniques have made them powerful writers. Ultimately, though, the heart of this class is student work and workshopping, a system by which an author (you) can receive informed, constructive feedback from a group of peers. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to express yourself creatively through writing.

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Now accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year.

Apply Now

Now accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year.