Frequently Asked Questions

New Pathways in 9-12 Online Learning

Questions? We want you to be informed! Check this list of frequently asked questions, and please email us at newcodeacademy@isd271.org or call 952-681-6760 if you need more information. 

High School FAQs

New Code Academy offers a high quality, standards-aligned online learning experience created and taught by licensed Bloomington Public Schools teachers who have been offered support to create content and gain the necessary skills to teach in an online environment. Counselors and administrative staff are also involved with the online school. 

All children of residents of the state of Minnesota are eligible to apply to New Code Academy. Students can live anywhere in the state.

Families who live outside the Bloomington school district should complete the open enrollment process and select "New Code Academy." If you live in Bloomington and would like to transfer schools, please refer to the intra-district transfer page.

  • Students must earn 65 credits and completion of the required state assessment to graduate. In addition, these specific requirements must be met within the 65 credits:
    • 12 Credits English
    • 11 Credits Social Studies
    • 9 Credits Math
    • 9 Credits Science
    • 1 Credit STEM
    • 2 Credits Fine Arts
    • 2 Credits Physical Education
    • 1 Credit Health

High School Graduation Requirements

Yes. Students can choose to attend a full course load at New Code Academy on a graduation pathway. Students can also choose to attend select courses if they are currently enrolled in a Bloomington High School or another Minnesota Public High School for the rest of their classes. Students who don’t meet these criteria are eligible to attend by paying tuition.

Yes. Middle and high school students can participate in activities with their boundary school (determined by address) or the school they attended in the previous school year. High School students should consult their home school athletic director to determine eligibility implications of enrollment if they are planning to participate in Minnesota State High School League activities or athletics.

Students can select the courses they’d like to take each year through the registration process in school. New and current students can also work with counselors to make those selections. View our course catalog to see all the class options available.

On average, there are 30 students per New Code Academy course.

For the 2021-22 school year we will be offering AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science.

New Code Academy teachers balance on screen time with off screen time, including intentional brain breaks and movement breaks throughout the day. They are also intentional about ensuring the majority of screen time is active - students are creating, communicating, or collaborating - rather than simply passively receiving information. On a typical day, a student would spend 2 to 4 hours connecting with their teacher and classmates online.