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what is northern star online
What is Northern Star Online?

Online course provider:

  • State approved
  • All content areas
  • Taught by Minnesota Licensed Teachers
  • Created by districts with years of experience
  • Available to any student in the state
who makes up nso




Intermediate 916

Who makes up NSO?
  • Bloomington
  • Eden Prairie
  • Edina
  • Hopkins
  • Osseo
  • Intermediate 287

School Districts and Service Cooperatives dedicated to quality instruction:

what are the courses like
What are the courses like?
  • Taught by Minnesota Licensed Teachers
  • Teachers skilled in online delivery
  • Curriculum parallels existing classes
  • Augmented by state-of-the art applications
  • Meet Minnesota content-area standards
  • Pass local district curriculum review
who can take courses
Who can take courses?
  • High school students looking for courses to
    • Complete credits for graduation
    • Access from their home
    • Accelerate or enrich their learning
    • Create a flexible schedule
    • Match their learning style
    • Complement their home or private school instruction
  • Middle school students looking for accelerated learning
  • Adult learners looking for enrichment opportunities
what courses are offered
All content areas:



Social Studies

Language Arts

Health, Phy Ed & FACS

World Language

Career Technical


For a detailed listing, please visit our website:

What courses are offered?
what is the schedule
All types:





Variety of start dates

Credits awarded are determined by the student’s home district

What is the schedule?
how do credits transfer
How do credits transfer?
  • Providing district awards grade
  • Intermediate District 287
    • Reports completion to the state
    • Sends Report Card to home district
    • Sends Report Card to student
  • Home district grants credit
can a district deny credit
Can a district deny credit?
  • NO, by law the enrolling district must accept the credit…
  • IF, the student notifies the district 30 days before the course starts (unless waived by district);
  • BUT, the home district can reduce the student’s schedule;
  • AND, the home district may apply its criteria for accepting transfer credit to the online course.
who pays
Who pays?
  • Public school students
    • State funded: replace regular day courses
    • Tuition: beyond a full load
    • Independent Study: at-risk students
  • Private/Home-schooled students
    • Must enroll full time for state funding
    • Tuition is charged otherwise
independent study
Independent Study
  • Student must meet graduation incentives
  • Contact time must be provided
    • Local site
    • Int. Dist. 287 site
  • District 287 reports hours in MARSS as content is completed
  • Fully funded as ALC
how does the funding flow
How does the funding flow?

For regular public school enrollment:

  • 12% remains with home district
  • 2% to TIES for technical support
  • 10% to District 287 for management
  • 76% to district providing instruction
  • Only paid if course is completed
how does the funding flow1
How does the funding flow?

For Independent Study:

  • IS program receives 100% of funding from membership hours reported
  • Reimbursement negotiated for contact time as needed
what do students do
What do students do?
  • Register online
  • Get signatures on enrollment forms from parents and counselors
  • Notify their home district 30 days before the class starts
  • Take a survey to determine their readiness
  • Ensure access to necessary technology
what do parents do
What do parents do?
  • Read the enrollment information
  • Sign the enrollment form
  • Help the student complete the readiness survey
  • Support student efforts to access courses
  • Communicate with NSO regarding technical problems and credit transfer
what does the home district do
What does the home district do?
  • Award credit
  • Provide technical support if the student is using a district computer lab
  • Work out scheduling arrangements with students
  • Help provide special education accommodations for students with IEPs.
who handles technical issues
Who handles technical issues?

Three levels of support:

  • Level 1: Computer owner
    • Basic operation and connections
  • Level 2: Intermediate District 287
    • Teacher and courseware support
  • Level 3: TIES
    • Servers and courseware
on the horizon
On the horizon
  • Contract option
    • Home district pays a lower fee to aid in supporting the student
  • Law proposals
    • Students may only take half of their courses online without approval or change of enrollment
    • Students may only start online courses up to the midpoint of a term without approval
how can i contact nso
How can I contact NSO?
  • Kara Johnson, NSO Counselor:
    • 763-550-7286
  • Michelle Axell, NSO Coordinator
    • 763-550-7226
  • Jon Voss, NSO Supervisor
    • 763-550-7134