This coming school year, Minnetonka High’s VANTAGE health sciences program will be housed in an office building just across Highway 7 from the high school, next to Sunrise Senior Living at 18707 Old Excelsior Blvd. The district will provide a shuttle bus between the school and the site, but students will also be allowed to drive and park there.

VANTAGE is a professional studies program that allows high schoolers to choose one of six areas of study to learn about in off-campus, hands-on settings. Students have morning and afternoon blocks where they attend classes at the high school in the a.m. and at a VANTAGE site in the afternoon, or vice versa.

The program has grown significantly, according to Program Director Roger Andre. The program grew from 172 students last year to about 300 students enrolled for next year. Sixteen students studied the health sciences strand last year and 96 students are enrolled for this coming school year.

The growth in the health sciences strand resulted in those students needing a separate additional space, according to Andre. Until now, all the offsite classrooms were in a Baker Road office building.

The plan is for the new building to be used temporarily. But a permanent solution will need to be found if enrollment remains strong, Andre said.

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