Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences is an academic discipline that combines characteristics of social and natural science, as well as the arts. Family and consumer sciences deal with the relationship between individuals, families, and communities. Our classes represent many disciplines including consumer science, nutrition, culinary arts, parenting, early childhood education, family economics and resource management, human development, financial independence, interior design, textiles, apparel design, and sewing as well as other related subjects. Classes are taught as electives, and some may count as an arts credit required for graduation. Our courses assist students in the transfer of reading, writing and math to real life. Our mission is to prepare students for family life, life in college and career life while educating them to identify and create alternative solutions to significant everyday challenges and to take responsibility of their actions in a diverse global society.

Course Listing

Apparel Construction I

Course: #6304
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None

This is a perfect class for hands-on-learners who have a passion to produce their own creations. You will be filled with pride once you achieve success on the sewing machine and experience tangible learning.

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Apparel Construction II

Course: #6305
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: Apparel Construction I

This course builds upon the techniques learned in Apparel Construction I as students construct a variety of individual garment projects. Challenge yourself with more advanced & technical skills used in clothing construction.

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Child Development

Course: #6314
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None

Study the process of human development from conception through age five as determined by heredity, society and human interaction with implications for child guidance.

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CIS Exploring the Teaching Profession (VANTAGE)

Course: #V400
Grades Offered: 11 or 12
Credits: 1.0 FACS elective credit

Successful completion of this course will also give students University of Minnesota credits through our partnership with their CIS program.

This course is offered as part of the VANTAGE Education track. For details about taking CIS Exploring the Teaching Profession through VANTAGE, visit the VANTAGE page of the Skipper Log. 

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Culinary I

Course: #6300
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None

Whether you are an aspiring chef or a novice in the kitchen, this course will give you the confidence to be successful in the culinary world. It is the number one class at Minnetonka High School!

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Culinary II: International Foods

Course: #6302
Grade(s) offered: 9-12

Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: Culinary 1

Culinary II is a course that explores connections between what we eat and cultures around us. Explore the historical timeline and geographical influences on the regional cuisine form the United States. Then, "travel" around the globe and learn about a variety of dietary customs, cuisines and cooking methods while preparing a variety of global food items.

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Fashion Design

Course: #6306
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Note: This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit
Prerequisites: None

This course will increase students’ awareness and understanding of career opportunities related to the fashion industry. You will create throughout the semester! The optional 15th Annual NYC Fashion trip is November 2019.

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Independent Living

Course: #6312
Online Option: #T6312, Tonka Online 
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
Prerequisites: None

Learn strategies for a successful transition to life after high school. Explore areas of money management, insurance, housing, professionalism, and job interviewing skills.

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Interior Design

Course: #6310
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (semester course)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit
Prerequisites: None

Students will gain an understanding of the elements and principles of design. The course will cover floor planning, housing and furniture styles, the use of color, textiles and more.

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Dresses Feature Story

Dress to "In Press"

Minnetonka High School fashion design class brought their couture fashions to life by creating dresses out of newspapers. The fashion design course was developed 13 years ago and is one of the few fashion courses available in Minnesota public schools.

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Academic Standards

Minnetonka Public Schools adheres to academic standards developed by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

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