Jefferson Community School

Jefferson is a vibrant community school located in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis. It is a school where children are nurtured and encouraged, where creativity and kindness are cherished, and kids are mentored to find their gifts and paths to success. Involvement by families and surrounding community greatly contribute to the learning environment.

Jefferson is the second most impoverished school in the Minneapolis School District. The student population for the 2013-2014 school year will be 850 children (preschool, K-8). Of those students, 95% are on the Federal School Reduce or Free Lunch Program. For approximately 15-20% of incoming students, it will be their first year in our country. The majority of Jefferson’s immigrant families are Latino or Somali. The school mirrors the richly diverse surrounding community with a student body comprised of 47% Hispanic-American, 37% African-American, 9% White-American, 4% Native American and 3% Asian-American.

Loring Community School

The mission of Loring is to exist to ensure that all students learn. Loring offers a quality education with parent involvement and many special programs: All-day Kindergarten, English Language Leaner, PE, Technology Instruction, Music & PE. Loring is a community school located on the northern edge of Minneapolis.

Loring has a peaceful and dynamic learning environment both inside and outside highlighted with a student organized garden. The population is made up of 450 children with grades ranging from Pre-K to Grade 5. Sixty-five percent of the population qualify for free or reduced lunch program. Ethnic breakdown of population is: Black 42% White 39% Asian 12 %, Native American 4%.

Sojourner Truth Academy

Sojourner Truth Academy (STA) is passionate about helping children achieve academic and social success in a community of high expectations where each child is valued.

Sojourner Truth Academy is a Pre K-8th Grade public elementary charter school in North Minneapolis with proven academic and fiscal records. Established by parents and community members in 1999, STA continues to offer students a data driven, balanced curriculum with a highly qualified staff that is supported through the Teacher Advancement Program. The student population of 423 is 22% Hispanic and 77% African American with less than 2% Caucasian and Native American students.  20% do not speak English as their primary language. Over 90% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch benefits.

Ascension Catholic School

Throughout its history, Ascension Catholic School has served as both a reflection of its community and as an instrument for change on the Northside of Minneapolis, helping move lives forward through education and spiritual formation.

  • 96% are students of color (Latino, African Immigrant, African American, Hmong)
  • 24% are English Language Learners
  • 77% are eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • 67% are non-Catholic

Stonebridge Community School

Stonebridge’s academic and social goals are designed to help students gain the academic, behavioral, social and other skills necessary to achieve state and national academic standards and help close the achievement gap in Minneapolis.

  • 95% are students of color
  • 90% are eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • 26% are English Language Learners
  • 30% are homeless or highly mobile

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