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The Blake School

Private | PK-12 | 1380 students

Blake is known for its strong commitment to academic excellence and pluralism

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Living in Minneapolis

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $174,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $800.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted February 20, 2013

This is an AMAZING school! The teachers are incredible -- the expertise, dedication and care unsurpassed. There is a reason this is one of the best schools in the country. And, the community is welcoming and great too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2013

We switched our daughter to Blake this year as a first grader. It has been an amazing experience. She has grown and changed for the better, and loves school. It is a very parent involved school, which is amazing, but also can be hard to juggle so many events and opportunities with 2 working parents in the home. The staff has an interest in each child as I have never experienced. When she was home sick for a week, she even got a phone call from her teacher and classmates to say hi and check on her. It is truly a place that nurtures the child as well as the mind, and I cannot imagine a better place for her. I wish I had the opportunity to attend Blake as a child. I could go on and on...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

Since my previous 1 star review was removed, I would like to place a new review. For my family, Blake school was really disappointing. I strongly think a public school is way ahead of Blake in so many aspects.. Spend your hard working money on your kids college tuition and find a good public school for your children.


Posted December 14, 2011

My daughter recently graduated from the Blake School, she had a wonderful engaging experience, that prepared her both academically and socially to succeed. We love the school and wholeheartedly would repeat the experience all over again. It was the right place for her and a place that would always be in her heart. lifelong friends, personal and intellectual growth and a place to call home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2011

My daughter entered the Blake School as a freshman. Coming from a top rated Mpls. Public School, she was overjoyed with the academic inspiration, the appreciation of her fellow students in the curriculum their teachers provide each day and being in an environment where learning was the purpose of the day, not a side act to the main attraction of socializing. Each day provides for deep discussions, interesting work and invested teachers and staff. This was a perfect match for my hard working, socially graceful and ethically sound daughter. She is appreciative of each day she has at this amazing school. Highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

I am a recent graduate of the Blake School, and attended from 8th grade through graduation. I could not be happier with my experience for those five years. The classes are small (no more than 20 students at the very most), teachers are interested, kind, and engaged, and the community is supportive and strong. The college counseling program in the Upper School is arguably the strongest in the state, operating by the motto "college is a match, not a prize." The extracurricular opportunities are endless, and the athletics are top-notch. If a student is looking for a rigorous and challenging environment (Blake is not easy!) in preparation for the work at a top university, this school is an excellent match. The alumni network is also very strong, as I keep in touch with classmates, and have since met more graduates since settling out east.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2010

I love it. Everything is perfect as well as challenging in every aspect that a high school could be
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2009

Attending Blake is a wonderful opportunity for any student who is looking to attend a prestigious college or university after high school. It is widely recognized as one of the best private schools in the nation. Teachers are wonderfully responsive and generally give meaningful assignments (not just busy work.) Sports at Blake are amazing. Our Lacrosse, Soccer and Hockey teams are perennial powerhouses. With that said, I believe that Blake still has much to work on. Recently, many of Blake's longtime (and best) teachers have retired or found other jobs. I must say that the administration did a terrible job finding people to replace them. I truly think they chose these replacement teachers arbitrarily. I don't think that their qualifications were even considered in the hiring process. Also, Blake can be a very suffocating community. It is very small!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 27, 2008

The Blake school is an amazing school with great teachers and a supportive learning enviornment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2008

The Blake School is an excellent place to go for learning oppurtunities. They have an excellent staff and the lacrosse program is second to none. Although Blake has struggled recently in football, going 1-10 in the 07-08 season, the coaches and players put in lots of time and effort. Blake has great knowledge, especially in the field of History. Blake also trys hard to recruit a wide diversity of students. It is a great place and hopefully you will choose it! Go Bears!
—Submitted by a parent


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College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Japanese
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Anne Stavney
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Reggio Emilia
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Global
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
252
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
400

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$14000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Need-based Aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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511 Kenwood Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Phone: (952) 988-3703

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