Orono Community Education offers a large variety of enrichment programs for youth ages PreK through Grade 12. Course offerings take place after school, on non-school days, and on weekends.
Discovery School of Music
30-minute lessons are available for all ages (youth to adult) and ability levels.
We employ qualified music instructors with flexible weekday availability.
Lessons available for:
Band instruments (including percussion)
A Spring Recital is held every year at the end of the season in May for family and friends to that will showcase performers’ students' hard work and talents.
Cost: $29/thirty-minute lesson (billed monthly)
The number of lessons in the session and cost will vary depending on the day of the week you are registered for, due to holidays and non-school days.
Location: Discovery Center, 5050 Independence Street, Maple Plain, MN 55359
For more information
View the 2022-23 Lesson Calendar.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Orono Community Education has a proud tradition of offering theatre programs to the youth in our community. The following high quality programs are available at different times throughout the year and are presented by Orono Community Education.
Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Residency
Grades 1 - 12
In the summer of each year, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre brings their show to town for a week. This theatre residency packs auditions, rehearsals and performances into just one week. It is the perfect opportunity for youth to get a full theatre experience without dedicating months to rehearsals.
To register, go to www.oronocommunityed.com.
Middle School Theater Opportunities
Grades 6 - 8
Unique theater opportunities for middle school-age students. Productions are offered at various times throughout the year. Offered in partnership with 4 Community Theatre. To register, go to www.oronocommunityed.com.
4 Community Theatre
Open to youth and adults. 4CT partners with area school districts to use local auditoriums to stage productions. For more information on 4CT, visit www.4communitytheatre.org.
Orono Community Education works in cooperation with Westonka Driving School, but you may choose any driving school you wish.
Step 1: 30-Hour Classroom
Each student must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction as mandated by Minnesota State law. Orono Community Education offers several sessions during the year, register at www.oronocommunityed.com or call 952-449-8350. Upon completion of the classroom instruction, you will receive a course completion card.
Step 2: Blue Card
Students age 15 or older must exchange their course completion card for a blue card before taking the permit test. If you choose Westonka Driving School for behind-the-wheel training, you may make the exchange at Orono Community Education Office located in the Orono Education Link at 705 N. Old Crystal Bay Rd. (Enter in Door E24). Bring the completion card along with a down payment of $199 to receive the blue card. Instructor, Rob Illies, will accept cash or check (made out to Westonka Driving School). Orono Community Education Office hours for Blue Card exchange may vary, but are typically 8:45 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. You may also call 952-449-8350 for alternate times.
Step 3: Permit Knowledge Test
Book in-person appointments online at drive.mn.gov and select Schedule or Reschedule an Exam.
You will need the blue card, signed by the student, to take the permit examination. TWO of the following forms of identification are required: CERTIFIED COPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE (no photocopies), PASSPORT, OR SCHOOL ID. You must also have your child’s social security number or social security card.
Step 4: Behind-the-Wheel Instruction
When the student has passed the permit examination, you may set up behind-the-wheel instruction. If using Westonka Driving School, a final payment of $199 will be required after completion of the student’s behind-the wheel program.
You may schedule online at www.westonkadrivingschool.com.
Step 5: Road Test
Students may take the road test if they are at least 16 years old and must have had a driving permit for at least 6 months, completed 6 hours of behind-the-wheel and completed a driving log.
Parents/guardians have two options regarding the supervised driving log.
1. Complete a supplemental parent class provided by a driver education program approved in Minnesota, and then submit a supervised driving log showing their teen has completed at least 40 hours (2,400 minutes) of supervised driving, 15 (900 minutes) of which are nighttime hours.
2. If the parent/guardian chooses to not complete the supplemental parent class, the driving log must show that their teen has completed at least 50 hours (3,000 minutes) of supervised driving, 15 (900 minutes) of which are nighttime hours.
You may schedule a road test online at drive.mn.gov.
If you have any questions about Driver’s Education you can find additional information at www.westonkadrivingschool.com or email Rob Illies at email@example.com.
Rob’s phone numbers: 952-955-1486 (work) or text 952-237-5971.