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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

2023-24 Elective Options

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

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.

* 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.

*Limited Enrollment

Are you interested in bikes? Do you have a mechanical mind? Do you like to work with your hands? Is Restorative in your top Strengths? Well, join the Bike Restoration Elective! We will be finding, fixing and donating/selling our projects. Our restoration will include repair, refurbishing, painting, tuning and some test riding!

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.

*Limited enrollment. This course will take up 2 blocks.

How much would you like to know about your car's care and maintenance as well as basic insurance literacy? For many people, a vehicle is one of the most expensive and important purchases they will make in throughout their lives and knowing how to keep your vehicle in good condition is important to prolong the life of this important purchase. Professional mechanics from the Car Care Program will share their knowledge through hands-on basic car care including changing oil, checking tires and other simple tasks that keep cars functioning. This class is perfect for anyone who drives! Junior & Seniors only and must have your own transportation.

This course will provide a critical overview of key aspects of child development (physical, psychosocial, and cognitive) from theories and research that span conception to the transition to kindergarten and adolescence.

Important contexts that shape children’s development will also be a major focus of this course, such as family, child care, socio economic and policy influences. This course is designed for students with a range of academic and vocational pursuits and is aimed to provide you with an understanding of

  1. Major themes and domains of early child development
  2. Effective parenting and instructional practices that enhance children’s well-being.

Students will also get the experience of caring for RealityWorks babies!*

*Indicates Art Credit

The Kalon Choir is for anyone who wants to sing. All types of musical literature will be studied and performed. Students will learn techniques to better themselves in singing, working together, reading music, and understanding musical structures.

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 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.

Driver’s training will be taught on the Kalon Campus. The class will be free for students. This is a state-approved 30-hour course that provides the preparation for students to take the Minnesota class D knowledge test. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of enrollment (blue card) which they will need to present at the testing center when they go in for the knowledge test. Behind the wheel will be offered from Central Lakes Driving School with optional pickup occurring at Kalon if a student needs to schedule a session during the school day. This fee will be paid for by the student. Scholarships will be available upon request.

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.

*Indicates Art Credit

Students will learn the basic introduction to, and refine the fundamentals of, music and guitar literature and techniques, such as strumming and chords with the opportunity to learn more advanced techniques. Class may include formal and informal performances. Guitars will be provided.

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.

In partnership with Alexandria Martial Arts. Students will begin their quest to learn the basic fundamentals of martial arts. Students will earn their white belt after successfully completing the second class. By the end of the term, students will be able to demonstrate basic fundamental martial arts skills, apply them to life skills, and test out for their new rank to orange belt.

Want to make a difference in the community? This class will provide opportunities to give back to others in a variety of creative ways. Students will serve others directly (ex. Volunteering at an elementary school or nursing home), indirectly by identifying an area of need and providing solutions (ex. landscaping a public park or collecting food or clothing for disadvantaged families) or advocacy using your time and voice to identify and raise public awareness of problems.

*This course will take up 2 blocks.
*Limited Enrollment

Students, do you like to prepare food or are you interested in learning how to prepare your favorite dishes or bake your favorite desserts? The Kalon Kitchen will teach and apply the skills necessary for basic food preparation and every Friday students will be serving the entire Kalon family. Safety standards will be adhered to and students will be expected to wear gloves and either wear their hair back or adorn a hat during food prep. Students will be required to set up and clean up which may require a time commitment outside of class time. Based upon the number of interested students, there may be an interview and/or selection process to be enrolled in this class.

This class is for those who want to establish healthy habits by 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.

*Graduation Requirement

Students build a solid knowledge base about how money works, establish good financial habits, and enter adulthood with confidence about how to manage their money. Guest speakers and experts in the field will enhance this course. Once the basics are taught, students will create a vision for their financial future and a plan to achieve it. The “more” part of the course may include creating business plans, consulting with entrepreneurs and tours.

*Indicates Art Credit

Courses in this classification provide students with an understanding of photographic media, techniques and processes. With a focus on development of photographic compositions through manipulation of the fundamental processes of artistic expression, students may learn to make meaningful visual statements with an emphasis on personal creative expression to communicate ideas, feelings or values. Students will engage in critiques of their photographic images, the works of other students, and those by professional photographers for the purpose of reflecting on and refining work.

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.

Are you interested in a career that involves working with students/children/adults with special needs? Become educated about: different career opportunities, various disabilities, how to work with people who have different needs. This course will include an experiential component at AIM (Autism In Motion) and Productive Alternatives. There will also be a peer support opportunity.

This elective is going to focus on students playing board games that involve using strategy to win. The students will work on creating a strategy, executing it, working as a team with one or more partners, and good sportsmanship. Some examples of games that will be played are Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, Carbles, and Betrayal at House on the Hill. Students will be allowed to suggest games or bring some in from home if approved by the teacher.

*Indicates Art Credit

Video Production an introduction to video/film/audio production. The goal is for the student to find the ability to capture great video images and audio. Then, students will edit those two elements together to tell a story. Our production studio is equipped with editing bays, a green room, video cameras, studio lighting and audio equipment. Students are able to write scripts, act, direct, edit and have fun. Students will film and edit multiple projects.

Learn about America's past conflicts through literary texts, guest speakers, and feature films. Students' knowledge of course content will be assessed through interactive notes, group projects, short essays, and quizzes.

*Disclaimer: This is not a class for those who may be sensitive to graphic content. The feature films will contain very realistic war conditions, graphic violence, etc.

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.

*Indicates Art Credit

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.

*Qualifying seniors only

Work Release students are concurrently enrolled in senior REACH. Seniors who have a job are allowed to be released from school Monday through Thursday for a portion of the school day. Typically, Work Release students work 10-20 hours a week to meet class requirements. Kalon staff partners with local employers to provide a personalized educational work experience. Students will be observed in their work environments throughout the year and provide teachers with proof of employment in addition to attending REACH daily.

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Now accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year.

Apply Now

Now accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year.