Participating Schools


Ascension Catholic Academy (3 schools)

Ascension Catholic Academy is a consortium of Catholic schools with centralized leadership and governance of multiple schools to deliver academic excellence and coordinate efforts to serve the whole child. It was formed in 2016 after more than a year of study by Church of the Ascension and its partners on the best strategy to ensure excellence and sustainability in Catholic schools serving low-income scholars and families in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Three schools are currently in the consortium: Saint Peter Claver, St. John Paul II, and Ascension Catholic Schools. Each of these schools primarily serves scholars who come from diverse backgrounds, with a large majority in need of additional academic and social support. Our vision is to ensure that Catholic schools are a key part of the solution to the Achievement Gap that is entrenched in the urban cores of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and our ultimate aim is that every scholar will realize a future full of hope through the opportunity that education and faith can bring forth.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School provides access to a college and career preparatory Jesuit education. Our mission is to support students and families and unlock the potential of students to transform our communities. Our standards-based academic system is structured to prepare students for the rigors of college and requires all students to demonstrate proficiency on all college-ready standards. Our teachers develop relevant and challenging curriculum to meet the needs of students, and our college counseling office support students' pathway to college. All students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School work one day a week in a corporate internship and learn the skills and interpersonal competencies to be career-ready. All staff support student development through High Trust behavior support and through the Jesuit values of caring for the whole person and developing young men and women for and with others. Our students are guided by faith, prepared for life, and always serving others.

Dugsi Academy

The academic focus of Dugsi Academy is to integrate students into the scholastic community of Minnesota and enable students to use their talents and experiences to achieve to the best of their ability. 

Dugsi Academy will provide students with educational opportunities that are respectful of the students' background and culture, learning styles and interests, enabling them to meet high academic expectations in an environment that allows them to celebrate their own unique culture while learning American customs and what it means to be a citizen.

Friendship Academy of the Arts

Friendship Academy of the Arts (FAA) was founded in 2001 by a group of community leaders committed to addressing the dire opportunity gap for African-American students in Minnesota. A group of educators from Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church embarked on a mission to create a school that provided access to a high quality education and the arts. After 2 years of planning the school opened in 2001 with 37 students and ended the year with 47. Since then FAA has been in three locations with the current population of 160 students. Due to family and community demand, FAA is planning to expand from a K-6 school to a K-8 school in the next 3 years.

Hennepin Schools (2 schools)

Hennepin Schools integrate modern management and effective educational practices to drive student achievement. Our program is distinct in several ways. Most importantly, our teachers are outstanding and relentlessly committed to student achievement. Instruction at Hennepin Schools means teaching and supporting students until they learn. Our teachers continually improve their craft through frequent feedback, coaching, and collaborative support. Instruction is grounded by a common pedagogical model and guided by focused standards-based curricula. We align assessments to clear objectives and use assessment data to direct instruction. We utilize a mastery-based grading system and a scaffolded course structure that addresses students at their incoming skill level, yet holds all students to a single college preparatory graduation standard.

Hiawatha Academies (5 Schools)

Hiawatha Academies is a network of high performing college-preparatory schools focused on closing the opportunity gap in Minneapolis. Our college preparatory educational program is based on true inquiry, intellect, and character.

We’ve grown over time from a single K-4 school to a network of elementary schools, middle schools, and a high school. The high-quality educational pathway we’ve created from Kindergarten to college will serve 2,288 children in South Minneapolis – that’s 6.2% of all Minneapolis students.

Hope Academy (3 schools)

Based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, Hope Academy is a K-12, college preparatory school that is equipping inner-city youth to reach remarkable standards of excellence. Serving one of the most culturally diverse communities in the city, Hope Academy teachers employ a classical model of instruction that inspires students to pursue truth, practice goodness, and create beauty.

Successful candidates will be driven to integrate their teaching with a biblically informed perspective and build developmental relationships with students that prepare them to become thoughtful, compassionate leaders who desire to serve the common good.

KIPP Minnesota (3 schools)

Our mission is to establish and operate high performing public schools in the Twin Cities that confront educational inequity by delivering academic excellence and cultivating leadership skills to ensure all students succeed in college and life.

KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, for us all. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools and enrollment is open to all students. They are independently operated schools that run with more flexibility than traditional public schools in exchange for increased accountability.

Loveworks academy for the performing arts

The mission of Loveworks Academy is to inspire life-long learning, empower ALL students academically, and nurture the arts.  LWA is a community-driven world-class public arts school dedicated to nurturing students pursuing their artistic dreams with a solid personalized academic foundation. 

Northeast college prep

Northeast College Prep is a free public charter school that serves students of all economic and cultural backgrounds with a priority on closing the opportunity gap (or achievement gap). As a high-performing school, Northeast College Prep positively changes the life trajectory path of many Minneapolis students. We believe that children and adults grow into strong critical and creative thinkers when they have the opportunity to learn alongside others with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Northeast College Prep prepares all students to be able to graduate from college if they choose.

PRODEO ACademy (3 schools)

In Latin, Prodeo means "to advance" or "go forward," and at Prodeo Academy, we believe in the growth of the whole person. Prodeo Academy is a network of free, public charter schools aimed at providing families in the Twin Cities metro area with a high-quality education option. In the upcoming 2019-20 school year, our Minneapolis campus will expand to serve scholars in grades PreK to 6th, and our St. Paul campus will expand to PreK-2nd and 6th grade. From their first day on campus, we are preparing our children for college and the skills necessary to be successful in life.