Seven Hills Academy is by far, one of the top charter schools in Minnesota, that I have seen over the past many years as a consulting contracted School Psychologist.
A school strong in academics and also character formation. Classical education with beginning Latin in (full-day) kindergarten. Sending my little boy here was one of the best decisions I made so far in his young life.
Our school has a great deal of parental involvement and volunteerism, a director who is a strong leader and teachers who are passionate about teaching. I love that there are specialists (i.e. math, literacy) who help individualize learning for each child. Our only concern is the class size, which seems to be creeping up every year. We hope the class size stays at 25 children per class or is ideally lower in future years. The reading proficiency scores on the MCA tests were the highest in our state.
This school is wonderful! My son is in 1st grade and also attended Kindergarten here. The teachers are passionate about teaching and really care for the children. The director is very approachable and has regular round-table discussions with parents and responds quickly and appropriately to concerns. They encourage parental involvement and have a supportive PTA group called Parent Connection. We were referred to this school by neighbors and are so glad we followed through in considering it. My son is very happy there and is learning so much. I volunteer there once a week and the kids are having a great time while learning!
I have had a child in Seven Hills for the last four years. My kids love it; therefore, we love it! The classroom teachers, specialists and administrators care so much about the kids and want to see them all succeed. The doors are always open for volunteers which makes the lines of communication between parents and staff seem so seamless. I've been impressed with the Director who never allows a concern to fall on deaf ears. She's so responsive!! The curriculum is rigorous, but my kids enjoy the challenge. I have been thoroughly impressed with this school and look forward to my children attending here in the coming years.
My School is highly personalized, full of energy, and oozing love for learning. The close community builds personal strength and motivation to help others grow. I am new on board, but I love it already!
I love how they get the parents so involved. This school is huge on developing good character. So incredibly important to me!! The staff is kind. I love how they teach the kids Latin in elementary! I love having uniforms! I'm thankful my child was accepted to Seven Hills!! I am excited for upcoming events!!
We have been a part of this school for 8 years, since my eldest was in Kindergarten. Seven Hills is incredible the way it can balance the feel of a small school, yet offers incredible academics. The kids all take Latin from the very beginning, and it is wonderful to hear your 3 children speaking of things that you have no idea what they are talking about! From First grader to Fourth Grader and Sixth Grader (Beacon Prep), we were sitting at the dinner table and the discussion last more than 10 minutes- all about Latin! The teachers all have such an enthusiasm for teaching, you can walk into any classroom and feel that the people who are populating the school truly want to be there and help. I would not change this school even if a private school were to give my kids a full scholarship. It is the best education a child can get...and it is a public school! Yay Charter Schools!!
I have been very happy with Seven Hills for my daughter. They have great challenging curriculum for typically developing children but also excellent personal attention for children with special needs. The director does what is needed to keep the school running well and the staff up to par. We are grateful for her strong leadership.
Seven Hills classical academy is a challenging school with excellent staff. We have had children there for 5 years and they seem far beyond traditional public schools in their education. The staff cares about each student and their success. The new director has a lot of experience and works well with the kids. If you are a parent who is involved in your child's education you will love this school.
At Seven Hills Classical Academy, students are excited about what they are learning in Core Knowledge and National Geographic Science. Students are often overheard discussing the "Big Ideas" from their unit studies on the playground or at lunch. Our dedicated teachers truly make this school a great learning environment that supports all students. Seven Hills focuses on Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Control, [C.A.R.E.S.]. Through the C.A.R.E.S. program students are recognized for their character development and how they use their C.A.R.E.S. each and every day! As a K-5 public, charter school Seven Hills Classical Academy is fortunate to lease from an organization that has wonderful green space. Students have many opportunities for outside learning activities. The school leadership is strong with board governance and a charter school authorizer, Friends of Education. This is the 7th year of the school's development and has grown to 436 students. Seven Hills Classical Academy provides students with a Classical Education in an academically rigorous environment designed to promote strong citizenship and life-long learning.
love this school my son is challenged everyday academically and they promote good citizenship among their students am not surprised that they got a rating of 9 out of 10
My child started going to SHCA from 2011, and he likes it and we like it. Why do we like this school? Their teachers are great, how? They seem to know how to teach children without squashing their confidence, or their exuberance, and or their child hood. Their curriculum is great, it is interesting, challenging and above all their approach to working with children who are naughty is not one that makes a child have low self esteem or one that segregates them from other children. I am very happy with this child and I hope to be a part of this school as a volunteer and an involved parent.
I love working at this school. The curriculum is rigorous and engaging, the students are respectful, the parents are committed and involved, and the staff is dedicated, and the new Executive Director is taking us to new heights with her expertise and passion for education. It's a great place to work!
Love this school! Staff and Students are polite and respectful! The new director is doing a great job.
I couldn't be more pleased with Seven Hills this year. We are new to the school- my daughter attends First Grade. We have had a great experience with her teacher and the principal. Our daughter loves school and is challenged and engaged. We are completely satisfied with the school and with our decision on this school.
My children have been going to Seven Hills for a few years with ups and downs along the way. This year a new Director was hired and words cannot express how dissatisfied we are. Rude, abrasive, no filter...and this person has a doctorate?? The turnover of staff has always been unprecedented and now that I know who was hired for leadership, I expect that rate to stay the same. When will the board get it right?
My kids are being challenged, learning important values and they get to wear uniforms which rocks.
My son started in Kindergarten at 7 Hills the year they opened and he has loved the whole time. He's going into 3rd grade he reads at a 5th grade level. The teachers are very accessible and make the learning experience an adventure. The kids start learning spanish in kindergarten and then in 4th or 5th the start learning latin. Also it now has a additional school called Beacon Prep which is 6th and 2009-2010 7th grade. Parents are required to volunteer 40 hours a school year which creates a tremendous amount of parent support. It is a GREAT School.
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