DULUTH, MN — A group of parents is looking to find an alternative source of education for their children due to not having a Catholic high school option in the Twin Ports – and this fall, that resource will be available.
Starting this year, the Mater Dei Apostolate education program will be available for current and soon to be home-schooled students who will be entering high school.
Classes in the program will mimic a university style system, where students register for courses and work with a credentialed teacher.
“Home-schoolers have a lot of flexibility with how they can do their schedule and there’s really a lot of resources for home-school families these days. And so it’s just this newer, forward thinking approach to education” says Marie Mullen, the program’s executive director.
Organizers of the group are making sure there are no added costs to the program aside from school supplies.
“and it’s cost effective, so that’s the other piece too. We’re utilizing things that are already in piece. We’re utilizing an existing structure for the education center. We’re utilizing an accredited curriculum from Colby Academy.”
One part of the program parents are integrating into the program are community service projects, and students will also be able to work alongside local business and non-profit organizations in the Lincoln Park “I think we’ll get a lot of community support, going out to these different businesses and different kind of things. I just see a lot of potential because I see a lot of growth in this neighborhood” says Mullen.
The program will start with ninth grade students and add a grade as the years go on.
The group, which isn’t required to have a license to run the program, received their special use permit from the Duluth Planning Commission Tuesday night.