Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a school system that is overseen by an authorizer. The Technical Academies of Minnesota district is authorized by Innovative Quality Schools (IQS), visit for more information.

Is there tuition?

No. The schools of Technical Academies of Minnesota are free, public charter schools, open to all students of the state of Minnesota.

What is project-based learning?

Project-based learning (PBL) is built on the idea that there are better ways for some students to learn and grow. The focus of PBL is to help shape students into self-reliant learners with a mastery of 21st century skills. Advisors work alongside students to aid them in the learning process and encourage them to focus on what sparks interest or questions. Instead of the students being compared to a number, students are awarded credit based on their ability level, the quality of their project, and the amount of time they spent on the project.

Do graduates receive a diploma?

Yes, upon graduation, CHOICE and DREAM graduates receive a traditional high school diploma before continuing on their life’s journey.

How do I start?

Click on the “Apply” button on the home page to tell us a little bit about yourself and then someone will be in contact to set-up a tour with you.

Can my student still participate in extra-curriculars such as sports?

DREAM partners with Community Christian School in Willmar, so students are able to participate in their athletics. Students are welcome to start clubs on-site and/or participate in chapters of larger organizations such as Key Club, D&D, Speech…etc.