How it Works

In some ways, Minuteman is just like the high school in your hometown. We offer a rigorous academic curriculum as required for post-secondary success, we have most of the same sports teams, and our students graduate and continue on to college or enter the workforce, just like anywhere else.

However, unlike your hometown high school, which might include students from maybe one or perhaps two towns, Minuteman students can be residents of towns from across Minuteman’s District, which includes Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston. We also accept students from other communities, assuming their enrollment complies with the Massachusetts Department of Education admissions policies. What does this mean for you? In short, it means you’ll meet kids from all over.

Another one of the significant ways in which we are (very) different is in what you can learn while here.

At Minuteman, we have “majors”. Majors are exactly what they sound like – a subject or an industry in which you want to focus, either because you want to go straight into this industry after high school, getting a jumpstart on your career, or because you want to be that much more prepared than your peers when you go to college.

Either way, you will spend more than three years at Minuteman learning everything there is to know about your major, and when you graduate, you will do so with special certifications and credentials, not to mention a high school diploma.

But what if you don’t know which major you want to pursue, you might be wondering.

Our special Exploratory Program allows you to spend part of your freshman year learning about and experiencing our more than twenty majors to find out what you like, and – realistically – don’t like.

Then, working with your guidance counselor, you can prioritize your top three preferences for a major and we’ll work closely with you, your counselor, your parents and the teachers within those majors to make sure you land in the major that’s right for you. 

One final way in which Minuteman is different from your typical high school is what happens after you choose your major.

For the next three years, you will spend every other week in classes which specifically focus on your major, with the weeks in between spent in traditional academic classes, such as Math or English, not to mention our various honors courses and electives.