Lauren Taylor of Shorewood

Planning for college can be an exciting time for families. But, like many other situations, the pandemic has changed the way students find their perfect university.

Grace Hanson, part of the 2019 Senior Spotlight, poses in front of a wall of paintings.

The rising senior is involved in several sports, audition choir, a capella jazz group, Math League and more.

Louis D. Gonzalez, the founder of Starting Point Academy, which helps students recovering from substance abuse.

New year-round academy helps students recovering from substance abuse and addiction.

A group of entrepreneurs meets at a Twin Cities networking group.

Go offline and connect with fellow business owners.

A woman sits working at a laptop with a pencil in hand and a notebook nearby.

Don’t let a lack of formal education stop you from learning.

Teens participate in STEM activities at Excelsior Library’s Teen FabLab

Teens make bath bombs, squishies, and more at the library’s makerspace.

Kids sailing at a Lake Minnetonka summer camp.

Fill your family’s summer calendar with camps that are full of sunshine.

(Above: Low student-teacher ratios provide opportunities for more individualized learning.)

At a newly opened school in Minnetonka, students ages 6 through 10 have the unique opportunity to spend time learning together.

Each year for our Prep Elite feature, we ask local high school faculty and administrators to nominate students who are exemplary in academics, sports, volunteerism, the arts, or other areas of their lives. We’re never disappointed.

Applying to college is an exciting time, but it’s far from stress-free. With increasingly competitive admissions rates and rising costs of tuition, it’s understandable if your junior or senior is feeling anxious—and if that anxiety is rubbing off on you.