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9060 Zanzibar Lane North
Maple Grove, MN 55311

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(763) 546-9999
(763) 416-3682
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December 14, 2014
Beacon Academy in Maple Grove, Minnesota is amazing. I researched 8 schools in the area (private, public, magnet and other charter schools). I interviewed teachers/parents/students and toured all the schools. Beacon Academy was my favorite BY FAR. I loved the philosophy, class size, and parent involvement. Plus, it just "felt" right. However, b/c it was a lottery, I didn't feel our odds were good to get into the school. When my son's name was selected, I about fell on the floor with excitement. Over the summer, before kindergarten began, I heard there was a lot of staff turnover. I was nervous. Why were there so many teachers leaving? I talked to the principal and he explained to me that the new teachers were already familiar with the Beacon philosophy and explained why some teachers left Beacon (ie., higher salary at public schools and some teachers had new babies). My son has some minor special needs (developmental delay) so his special education team was important. It is now December, and I cannot tell you how AMAZING the school is. The collaboration b/t his classroom teacher, spED teacher, and other teachers/admin has blown me away. My son is thriving! We love Beacon!

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September 11, 2014
We transferred to Beacon Academy from another charter school in Maple Grove two years ago. The administration and office staff are wonderful. Our children are challenged academically, especially in math (all grades do one grade level above in Saxon math). The families that we have met are amazing - it's so nice to know that our kids have such great friends! This is just a super warm, caring, small school with high standards for academics and character. We couldn't be more happy to be a part of it.

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August 09, 2014
I am a student going into 7th grade this school year on Sep. 2nd. Beacon Academy is a great, fun school. They know how to deal with bullying when I got cyber bullied on Instagram when I was in 6th grade, they dealt with it and I was feeling better in no time. Being a sister of a sibling who graduated from Beacon Academy all I can say about this school is amazing they give a well balanced amount of homework each night and let you work on it for whole class period 4 days a week. The teachers are fun nice and educate you well. You will for sure make friends on your first day at Beacon Academy. I love Beacon Academy, I have so much fun there and so does my classmates, I hope you do too.

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April 07, 2014
Beacon Academy is a great school for all students. There is a good SE department, and the teachers are all very helpful and caring. This school has high academic standards and achievements. The social situation is very welcoming to everyone.

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October 19, 2013
I pulled my chlld out of this school because of severe bullying. They gave no consequences tothe bully. School does not howhow to dealwiththis topic. Also,not much help academically..beware....

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October 09, 2013
Beacon charter school is a great place for a child to learn facts and how to be a helpful community member. Our kids started attending Beacon in Fall of 2012. My kids have enjoyed full day kindergarten at no extra cost to us. Beacon Academy has chose to give all Kindergarten students a full day to give them a good start their first year. The best part of Beacon is the parent involvement that all parents commit to. The parent involvement and volunteering helps the teachers and administration to include the parents in the important job of raising a child mentally and socially.

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October 09, 2013
We won the lottery when we got in to Beacon Academy. We've been so pleased with the teachers, staff., Great communication from the office, the principals, the teaching staff. I'd recommend this school whole heartedly.

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July 20, 2013
I go to this school and i'm going to 8th grade next year and all I have to say is: It is terrible for socially awkward kids. Let me explain, all the teachers are very direct and blunt when telling me something bad and they are ALL very insensitive to me, especially the old SS teacher and the OS teacher are absolutely the most insensitive teachers I have ever know. If your child has a social disorder do not send them to this school they WILL feel alone, and they WILL feel very awkward there.

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April 26, 2013
My daughter went to BEACON starting in sixth grade, there seems to be a bulling problem that is ignored. Academically the middle school appears weak because of the influx of students in and out. Also, there is a high percentage of special education sotudents with behavior issues that disrupt learning. Again not dealt with or ignored. My daughter just was so feed up in 7 th grade transfered. She now believes she is behind accademically because the school had so many issues they cannot deal with. Administration only talk a good game. Stay away far far away.

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January 29, 2013
Overall, this is a very nice school with a welcoming community feel. Class sizes are not too big. The administration, office staff, nurse, and lunch staff are all great. The teachers tend to be younger and less experienced, but they all seem to genuinely care about kids. Most families live in Maple Grove or Plymouth, so out-of-school activities (family get-togethers, Barnes & Noble night, etc.) tend to be held in those towns. The school is trying to add a 9th grade, and possibly expand to a full high school. Some cons: There is not a lot of differentiation for elementary students. They say math is accelerated by a full grade level for the younger grades, but it only seems to be partially so. As with any public school, there is a strong focus on testing. There is no technology in the classrooms (i.e., no smartboards, iPads, or laptops), but kids go to technology class once a week, which partly serves as a weekly testing time. The volunteer commitment requested of families is helpful to the school but hard for parents who work full-time to fulfill.

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September 18, 2008
Although the school is in it's 5th year, it is still working out some kinks, like a permanent location. I like the community feel of Beacon, and the parent involvement. I like that the teachers have a plan, but can veer off if the students have a particular interest in the topic they are covering. So far, my child has really been enjoying all of it, the maps, science, music, spanish. In her 2nd year, they're covering more math, Phy Ed and art as well, and I believe they'll get deeper into Character Education this year.

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June 30, 2008
Our son started in kindergarden at Beacon and will be in 2nd grade in the fall. The staff is very responsive to parent concerns. In addition to applying the core body of knowledge the school stresses good citizenship values. We are very happy with his progress.

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September 19, 2006
My child goes to kindergarden at Beacon academy.The things I like most about the school are their character education,communication of the school with parents and every day spanish teaching.My daughter loved the spanish teacher and within a week she picked up the language and was telling me all the colors in spanish.last but not the least is they have a school uniform which helps them to keep focus more on academics.They have chess club,gymnastics and art classes.Also provide good hot lunches.Get home work every day of course not on weekends.I like the core curriculum which they follow.Over all the school is good

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September 18, 2006
We have 3 children in Beacon Academy, having transferred in 2 years ago from a private religious school. My wife and I have been very happy with the academics (Core Knowledge) in terms of structure and rigor as well as the quality of the teaching. Most of the children in our neighborhood attend our local public schools and, although the local schools are some of the best in the state (Wayzata) we feel that our children are getting a better education at Beacon. We have been particularly please with the math program (Saxon Math). The math programs other schools tend to use (whole math, Chicago math) tend to confuse most students. We are also happy with the sense of community at Beacon. The teachers and administrators are good at keeping us updated on what is going on at school and seem genuinely interested in our childrens' performance.

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Beacon Academy Charter School
9060 Zanzibar Lane North, Maple Grove, MN  55311
(763) 546-9999
Last modified Beacon Academy Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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