Plus

The Plus program supports county-involved youth and youth with past county involvement so they can graduate high school or earn a GED, attend college, and plan for a career that pays a livable wage.

Support for enrolled students may include:

  • Credit recovery
  • Transportation
  • Career and technical education
  • Curriculum designed to fill educational gaps
  • Early / middle college opportunities
  • Mental and chemical health services
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Sites

North metro

Brooklyn Center Early College Academy

5910 Shingle Creek Parkway, Suite 1A, Brooklyn Center

  • School website
  • Grades 9-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Early / middle college pathway
    • Work-based learning
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

Menlo Park Academy

1700 Northeast 2nd Street, Minneapolis

  • School website
  • Grades 9-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Early / middle college pathway
    • Work-based learning
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

North Education Center — ISD 287

5530 Zealand Avenue North, Minneapolis

  • School website
  • Grades 9-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Work-based learning
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

Plymouth Youth Center Arts and Technology High School

2210 Oliver Avenue North, Minneapolis

  • School website
  • Grades 9-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Early / middle college pathway
    • Work-based learning
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

Downtown Minneapolis

MCTC

1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

South metro

Bloomington Career and College Academy

8800 Queen Avenue South, Suite 219, Bloomington

  • School website
  • Grades 10-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Early / middle college pathway
    • Work-based learning
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

El Colegio Charter School

4137 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis

  • School website
  • Grades 9-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Early / middle college pathway
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

Loring Nicollet Alternative School

1925 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis

  • School website
  • Grades 9-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Early / middle college pathway
    • Work-based learning
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

Minneapolis Employment Readiness Curriculum Alternative School (MERC)

2539 Pleasant Avenue, Minneapolis

  • School website
  • Grades 9-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Early / middle college pathway
    • Work-based learning
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

South Education Center — ISD 287

7450 Penn Avenue South, Richfield

  • School website
  • Grades 9-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Work-based learning
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

Takoda Prep

1845 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis

  • School website
  • Grades 9-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Early / middle college pathway
    • Work-based learning
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

Volunteers of America (VOA) High School

924 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

  • School website
  • Grades 10-12
  • Programming:
    • Career / college prep
    • Early / middle college pathway
    • Work-based learning
    • Individualized or project-based learning
    • Therapist on site

How to refer

Eligibility for Plus

All students must meet state criteria to be able to choose a non-traditional educational program – for example, alternative learning centers.

Must receive Hennepin County services through one of the following programs

  • Supervision under juvenile corrections
  • be@school program with an assigned truancy worker – youth assigned a contracted mental health case worker instead of a be@school case worker are eligible for an exception and may be eligible for Plus services
  • Child protection with an assigned case manager
  • Mental health program with an assigned case manager
  • Child welfare with an assigned case manager
  • MVNA for pregnant and parenting teens with an assigned case manager
  • Homeless and flagged as HHM by their school district

How to refer a student to Plus

Hennepin County staff

This includes operated case managers, MVNA nurses, Plus case coordinators, and be@school workers.

1. Complete the Plus program referral form (DOCX)

If you have questions or are not sure the student meets eligibility requirements, you can call the Plus program at 612-872-3630 for a consultation.

2. Send an email with the completed referral form to plus.referrals@ppl-inc.org.

Probation officers

Please send a completed PIF (personal information form) to plus.referrals@ppl-inc.org.

Community agencies and parents

Contact the Plus manager at 612-872-3630 or plus.referrals@ppl-inc.org to discuss eligibility.

What happens after you make a referral

Step 1: The Plus manager will determine if the student is eligible for Plus.

Step 2:

  • If the student is not eligible, Plus staff will contact you to discuss options.
  • If the student is eligible, Plus staff will meet with the student and their parent or guardian to sign release of info (ROI) and to coordinate appropriate supportive services.

Step 3: County staff (case manager, MVNA nurse, Plus case coordinator, and be@school worker) takes part in the enrollment process into the Plus program.

Step 4: The student begins attending school as soon as appropriate for both school and student.

Frequently asked questions

While in the Plus program

Q: Does student automatically stay enrolled in Plus?

A: The student's case coordinator will complete a quarterly review to determine the on-going need for Plus services. If no longer needed, these services can be tapered down or ended altogether.

Q: Who do I talk to about transportation options and availability?

A: Each site and district has a procedure for accessing transportation options. Contact your site for questions about transportation.

Q: What do I do if a student or family has issues that cannot be addressed with Plus services?

A: For Human Service issues – contact Hennepin County Initial Contact and Assessment at 612-348-4111 or see the PSOP Brochure to determine if the PSOP program is appropriate.

A: For education issues – contact the student's teacher.

Leaving the Plus program

The case coordinator provides follow up services for three months after students leaves the program.

Q: What if a student notifies school that they are dropping out of school?

A: The student is disenrolled from Plus and listed as dropped out of school (not pursuing GED).

Q: What if a student transfers to another school or pursue a GED, certificate or diplomas?

A: The student is disenrolled from Plus and listed as either Pursuing GED or Returning to Home District.

Q: What if a student is AWOL and misses more than 15 days of school?

A: The student is disenrolled from Plus and listed as dropped out of school (not pursuing GED) ; living status is on run.

Q: What if a student misses more than 15 days of school because of hospitalization?

A: The student is disenrolled from Plus and placed in out of home placement; living status is Inpatient Psychiatric/Hospital.

Q: What if a student is placed in a residential treatment center?

A: The student is disenrolled from Plus and placed in placed in out of home placement; living status is Residential Treatment.

Q: What if a student is placed in locked facility or jail?

A: The student is disenrolled from Plus and placed in placed in out of home placement; living status Residential correction.

Q: What if a student wants to continue in their school, but not receive “Plus” services?

A: The student is disenrolled from Plus and returned to their home district or other district in Hennepin County.

Re-enrolling in the Plus program

Q: What if a student wants to re-enroll in the Plus program?

A: A student can contact their previous Plus school site and request to re-enroll. Re-enrollment may be based on available space.

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