Frequently Asked Questions

/Frequently Asked Questions

In the 2015-2016 school year, PLA has approximately 25 cadets, grades 9-12. As we stand up the new military academy model our goal is 30 cadets for the freshman class in school year 2016-17, with approximately 15-20 cadets in the upper level classes.

IEPs are developed with the parents/guardians. All cadets with an IEP or 504 plan are in classes with non-special education students. Select class periods also have a certified Special Education teachers co-teaching with the classroom teacher.

Yes. PLA follows all of the MTCS policies, procedures, and regular high school calendar. Funding is distributed from MDE to MTCS using the same formula for all Minnesota high schools. All PLA teachers as well as the JROTC instructors are members of the MTCS Faculty.

Generally no. Each school has its own autonomous section in which only their students can travel in. The only common areas are the Cafeteria (of which PLA has its own lunch periods) and the gymnasium. A PLA cadet may encounter an MTCS student on their way to one of the common areas.

For the 2016-2017 school year, the AP courses offered will be English Language and Literature, English Language and Composition, United States History, and Spanish.

All freshmen are enrolled in English 1, Algebra 2, World Studies, Physics, JROTC 1, and their choice of either Technology in the Classroom, Art, or Spanish 1.

The day starts with Breakfast/Inspection at 7:30 AM. Each cadet then takes 6 classes at 50 minutes each, has a 33 minute formation, and a 33 minute lunch. The day ends at 4:00 PM.

No. All of the required pieces of the Army Dress Blue uniform (to include shoes and socks) are issued free of charge to the cadet. Payment is only needed for damaged or lost uniform items. If a cadet grows out of a particular uniform item, they can exchange it for a different size. The school polo shirt, khaki slacks and physical training uniforms are also issued free of charge to the cadet.

Four days a week, the cadets wear the school issued uniform of khaki slacks and black polo with sweatshirt optional. Typically on Wednesdays, the cadets wear the military uniform consisting of the Army Dress Blues all provided to the cadet and professionally fit at no charge. Cadets and parents are encouraged to get the uniform dry cleaned when needed.

As PLA is a college-preparatory school, we would encourage the cadet to apply for a service academy (West Point, Annapolis, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine) or a college ROTC scholarship. Both result in a college degree and a commission as an officer in the military.

No. All cadets are prepared for and encouraged to attend a 4-year college or university.

As a participant in JROTC, whom we refer to as ‘Cadets’, students wear a military uniform that is provided to them one day a week (usually Wednesday). On every other day of the week they wear school uniforms of khakis and polo with optional sweatshirt all of which is provided to them at no charge. When in the gym doing physical training cadets where school issued shorts and t-shirt. Cadets have one period of classroom instruction, taught by one of the JROTC instructors. In the freshman and sophomore year, participation in JROTC serves to fulfill the Physical Education requirement. The curriculum taught during the Freshmen and Sophomore year covers a range of topics including civics education, financial literacy, communication and conflict resolution skills, leadership skills, service learning projects, and college and career planning. Outside of the classroom, cadets have access to a range of opportunities from orienteering, to drill meets, to sports competitions, debate and speech team, robotics,– you name it! Parents and guardians support the program by ensuring their students are prepared with the proper uniform on the appropriate day.

The JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) program offers students in high school a comprehensive education in service and leadership, supported by the Department of Defense (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force). Our dedicated instructor team, comprised of retired military service members, offer students knowledge and skills that extend far beyond the classroom and prepare them for the diverse challenges of life. Through mentoring, extracurricular activities, and a rigorous academic program, the JROTC program instills confidence for young men and women, a sense of belonging and purpose, access to a range of non-classroom activities and leadership skills that help students reach their full potential.

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