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Pathways Information for Incoming Freshmen

overview We can’t wait to welcome our incoming 9th grade students to our Winnetonka community in just a few short months! As members of the first class to take part in College & Career Pathways, they will experience high school in an exciting new way.

Students will benefit from rigorous academics combined with real-world career experiences both in and beyond the classroom. Beginning their freshman year and continuing throughout high school, students will engage in a variety of career exploration activities integrated into their classes at Tonka, including guest speakers, job shadowing, hands-on projects, off-campus programs and internships.

After we return from Winter Break, students will have several opportunities to learn more about the four schools and the pathways within each. Counselors, high school teachers, current Winnetonka students, and our College & Career Facilitator will all be available to help students make a decision about which school might be right for them. In February, all 8th grade students will start the process of selecting their preferred schools as part of 9th grade enrollment. We are looking forward to supporting students throughout this winter and spring as they make exciting choices and consider next steps. 

Read more in Dr. Johnson's letter to the Class of 2025 and the message shared with 8th grade families before Winter Break.

We've enjoyed the opportunity to connect with many families through virtual parent sessions and share about what Pathways will look like next year at Tonka. In case you were not able to attend, a recorded session is available here.

Look for more information to come as we return from break. If you have additional questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Alayna Martin, College & Career Facilitator.