Minnesota Application


In partnership, the Dassel-Cokato School District and Venture Upward are excited to bring you a free and customized home education program! Please read the following information carefully and note that a copy of this letter will also be emailed to you.  

The Dassel-Cokato School District is an online public school operating out of Cokato, MN School District (ISD466).  Dassel-Cokato Schools and Venture Upward have collaborated to provide K-8 families a unique and innovative educational opportunity.  

By enrolling in our program, students and families work as a team with knowledgeable and experienced educators to create an enriched learning experience for every student. Teachers and mentors work with families to assess the needs of each student; helping to determine the educational curriculum that matches each students’ unique learning style.  

All courses are supported by Minnesota licensed teachers with curricula that meet and/or exceed MN state standards across all subject areas. Students demonstrate knowledge and skills through daily work assignments, periodic knowledge-based assessments, and annual Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA).  

To complete the enrollment process, please complete and submit the following. Student enrollment is complete upon submission of all required documentation. Parents/guardians will receive notification of final enrollment via email.  

Please Note: Parents/guardians choosing exemption to vaccinations must complete and sign the exemption portion of the Student Immunization Form and have it notarized or submit a notarized exemption statement. 

Upon completion, submit forms via the following methods:  

The Dassel-Cokato School District 

Attn: Chad Ardoff

4852 Reardon Ave. SW, 

Cokato, MN 55321

If you have questions specific to the registration process outlined above, email Chad Ardoff at  support@dc.k12.mn.us or call (320) 286-4100.  

The Dassel-Cokato School District’s goal is to offer a variety of curriculum options designed to fit the unique learning style of your student(s). By collaborating with Venture Upward, we are able to do just that! Our enthusiastic teachers will work closely with families to create online curriculum plans specifically designed to match each students’ learning strengths.  

➢ While you are waiting for your enrollment confirmation, please complete your parent training as soon as possible. You can find that training here. The handbook training will dive deep into the Venture Upward program, student and parent expectations, educational resources, technology, and curriculum options. Be sure to complete the survey at the end so that we know you’ve completed the training!   

➢ Following the Parent Handbook Training and Dassel-Cokato verified enrollment, you will be assigned a mentor. Afterward, a Mentored Academic Planning (MAP) meeting will be scheduled. During this one-hour meeting, the teacher and parent will create a specific action plan for your student’s success. At this time, families should be prepared to finalize curriculum choice(s). After your MAP meeting, you will also be able to place your resource order! 

**Please see your Parent Handbook for exciting details on how you can pick up curriculum sooner at Heppner’s Venture Day on September 21st. Connect with homeschooling experts, shop with your Venture Reward, and take your items home with you the same day! 

The staff at The Dassel-Cokato School District Online and Venture Upward thank you again for choosing us as your partner in education. As we move forward, our staff will communicate via different platforms; including but not limited to email, phone, and mailings. We appreciate your support as we Venture Upward together into the 2021-2022 school year!  


Your Dassel-Cokato Schools & Venture Upward Team