Summer Program Information

The following programs will run from July 13 - 24, 2020 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration will be held on: Sunday, July 12 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Please Note: Applications must be received no later than May 8, 2020

Application must include the student’s most recent IEP.  Space is limited in summer programs.  Decisions, in conjunction with other factors, will be based on a first come, first serve basis.

This Year's Theme: "Let the Games Begin" 

Bringing the drama and the glory of the 2020 Summer Olympics to MSAB! Students will set goals, participate in events and learn facts about Ancient and Modern Olympics.  Engaging literature will guide the students through the culture of Japan, various athletes, geography, technology and friendly competitions. 

Our theme-based curriculum consists of reading, writing, math, technology, physical education, music, art, social skills, listening skills and home living. This program is designed to create a learning environment for students. Our students will be able to participate in group projects within the classroom, school, and community.

 Independence 101

The Independence 101 Summer Program will offer opportunities for both middle school and high school age students.  Each group of students will participate in activities encompassing the three areas of transition (postsecondary, employment, and independent living). 

Focusing on increasing functional learning skills, this program is designed to create an active learning environment for students entering grades 7-12. 


Designed to meet the needs of academic elementary-aged students (grades K-6), with an emphasis on academic and functional reading, writing, math, technology, physical education, music, library, art, social skills, listening skills and home living.  The goal of the program is for students to continue work on the identified essential goals of their individual educational plan.

Students with Multiple Disabilities

This program is designed to meet the extended year service needs of students ages 5-21. The overall program focus is to maintain basic functional skills while integrating home living, self-help, and technology skills. Students will maintain individual educational plan goals relating to self-sufficiency and independence, and functional academics. The program components consist of functional reading, writing, math, technology, physical education, music, library, art, social skills, listening skills and home living. 

Cost: All programs are free to parents and students. The Minnesota State Academy funds most programs for the blind through dollars dedicated to the school by the Minnesota Legislature. Cost impact to school districts include transportation and any one-to-one services (example: paraprofessional or nursing) that the student may require. 

Eligibility: For all school-aged blind/visually impaired students in Minnesota who have Extended School Year (ESY) services indicated on their IEP.  The ESY is determined through the IEP team process. If the student meets criteria for ESY and the district would like MSA to provide ESY services, please follow the steps below: 

Resident District: 

a) if the Resident District has questions about ESY placement at MSA, please contact the Support Services Director;


b) the Resident District can indicate intent to use the MSA ESY program by submitting the student's current IEP and evaluation. The IEP must clearly indicate ESY goals. Documents may be submitted the following ways: 


US mail: Janis Dugan (Noyes Hall), 615 Olof Hanson Drive, Faribault, MN 55021


Parents of non-MSA students must complete the registration form: Non-MSA Student ESY Registration Form 

Parents of currently enrolled MSA students must complete the registration form: MSAB ESY Registration Form

MSA will review the application and reach out to the district and/or parent if additional information is needed.