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Minnehaha Academy-Lower & Middle

Private | PK-8 | 575 students

Minnehaha Academy provides over 21 Advanced Placement Exams
 
 

 
 

Living in Minneapolis

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $145,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $830.

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Posted March 19, 2014

Minnehaha Academy South Campus is a wonderful place for kids to learn and blossom! Your student will have great teachers, great classmates, and great administration. Great extracurricular opportunities too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

The school feels like a small town close-knit community, with all of the amenities and resources of a large metropolitan area. This learning community really focuses on educating the whole child - academically, artistically, spiritually, athletically. It is definitely worth a checking out!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 13, 2013

I am a graduate of Minnehaha and let me tell you how thankful I am to have been part of the Minnehaha community! As a student, I took things for granted, but I now see how fortunate I was to have attended. The teachers and administration are extremely caring. The environment is warm and inviting. The students are wonderful. Most of my lifelong friends are from my time at Minnehaha. I'd recommend it to anyone!


Posted September 13, 2013

Coming from a public school, Minnehaha is a wonderful change of pace. Students and teachers alike are happy to be here! There are wonderful positive vibes and everyone is so respectful. I'd recommend this school to parents, students, and other teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 13, 2013

Minnehaha is a top notch school. Great athletics, arts, and most importantly, academics. It is a wonderful Christian environment and the diversity is increasing! I'd recommend Minnehaha to anyone and everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

I have been going to Minnehaha since preschool and now will be starting high school. Its a wonderful place in general! Great academics, small classes and up to date on technology however, the administration has recently let go of some of the best teachers there and has had trouble finding certain teachers to fit certain positions. Also its a very Caucasian heavy school. Its difficult to find almost any diversity among teachers. The religious aspect is something to consider as well. I am from a very liberal home and the religion at Minnehaha seems to almost be their way or the highway. Every class has to have some sort of religious angle. Finally the homework load dramatically increases in middle school. I remember nights where I would be up until midnight or later working to get everything done. It does help you get ready for both high school and the real world. All in all Minnehaha is a great place to go, just make sure that if you are unhappy with something, you have to keep telling people to change or make it better.


Posted April 5, 2013

Minnehaha Academy has been our kids' school since they were kindergartners. Clearly we have been more than impressed with the entire program - as our oldest will graduate this year. The culture from the beginning has been one of excellence - from the curriculum to the teachers, specialists, arts and sports programs...it has been an environment where our kids have been able to excel and grow academically, spiritually and as individuals. They have made life-long friends and become solid young people. It's a terrific school for families looking for the hard-to-find combo of challenging academics , opportunities to lead and participate in high-level sports and arts programs AND all this taught with a Christian foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2013

Impressive Christian school that supports a child's faith while not compromising strong academics. The elementary curriulum is challenging and teachers know just how to meet their students at the level they are at. Making for a comfortable growth that brings success to each student. Students have a strong Bible and academic core,with specialists in languages, music, and art. Social studies lessons promote historic accuracy and cultural understanding (not revised history). My child's teacher is caring and intelligent. Extended day, busing and tuition assitance are available options. We appreciate the school's commitment to developing children academically and spiritually. I highly recommend this school and for interested families to contact the school for a tour.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

Fantastic 2 day preschool program! My 3 yr old daughter absolutely loves attending school at Minnehaha. The teacher is exceptional. The curiculum is solid. My daughter has engaging hands on activities that help her explore themes and concepts in all core subjects and the arts. During the Alaska unit in January she will even get to go on a dog sled ride at the school! I encouage all interested famillies to plan a visit. It has been a wonderful introduction to school for my preschooler.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2012

School has a hard transition with a new administration, and has committed to INCREASE class size to 24. The art program is weak in that the teacher has an art history background which does not fit with pre-K to 5th grade. Parent complaints reached a point where the school held special meetings, but nothing resolved. It was an administrative presentation, defending actions. Another odd thing is that they keep the Education Board secret and don't want you contact them. They were never allowed to hear about complaints or meetings. I guess the administration fears for their jobs or something. As far as art goes, there is little hands on art. The teacher does not do clay, or paint, or any of the 'messy' mediums. Music is divided between an exceptional teacher and a so so teacher. The grade teachers are being constantly reviewed and monitored, and the atmosphere is much less relaxed than it used to be. We have been there four years and just can't take the steady change, it's all been hard. Maybe it gets easier from here, and it has a great history as a great school. Loved the values, but at the end of the day you have to feel like your school cares and I lost that feeling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2012

My son has been at Minnehaha Lower School for 3 years. He absolutely loves it there! The atmosphere is very warm and nurturing. Unfortunately, MA has not been able to deliver on it's promises. Having transferred from another private school, the entire year was basically all review. In the last 2 years the school has really been struggling financially. The high up administration has been totally replaced making many teachers unhappy. Last year teachers were let go (no replacements) yet tuition was raised. Those that love the school unconditionally seem to be those who are members of the church that owns the school, Covenant. Since we are not part of that religion we have felt like outsiders. So please know that this is a very religious school. For some that could be a plus. The class sizes for K-3 are 20+ kids. This is very much out of keeping with other private schools who cap at 15 kids per class. We have stuck with it since our son loves it but we are now unable to justify the price tag.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

My daughter has been at Minnehaha for four years. The experience has been wonderful. While there have been changes in administrative and teachers, the school has not cut any of the programs, enrichment classes, arts or music. The curriculum is top notch. It also is not true the school is in any financial trouble. They carry little or no debt, and all fundraising has been to support financial aid to students. This is one of the best schools for the cost, and the values orientations and christian values communicated creates an incredibly loving, caring, and bully free environment. As a final note the school has created a parent group that provides considerable involvement, and the principal and president are so accessible. We can meet and talk over issues any time we want.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

Our children have been at Minnehaha Academy for 8 years. MA is a part of our family. It is a warm and loving Christian environment where service and prayer are integrated into the school day. MA has excellent academics, teachers, and leaders. I am confident that our children are getting an outstanding education but even more confident that they will be good people when they graduate and move out into the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

Minnehaha Academy is a wonderful place for children to learn. The teachers are so dedicated to teaching the whole child: emotionally, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Not only are academics outstanding but the sense of community and identity the students have is a very positive part of their growth. MA focuses on community service from the earliest grades so students are not just developing themselves and focusing on their personal growth but have a deep understanding of their role in a bigger community outside of school, outside of our neighborhoods, outside of our country. When my three children have graduated from MA and are on their own, I am confident that they will not only be successful in their careers but that they will also be world savvy, spiritual, motivated people who know that one person can make a difference, because of the rich experience they had in the Minnehaha Community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

We joined the Minnehaha family last year when our oldest started 5th grade. We found the school to be a wonderful, close, warm environment for our child, so much so that we enrolled our other two children there this year. We have been extremely pleased with MA's approach to education, teaching the skills to succeed at learning (organization, time management and discipline) in addition to the standard subjects. We have found the new adminstrators at the school to be competent, and eager to continue the traditions that made MA so great while working to improve upon the communication with parents. I have also found the teachers and staff to be immediately responsive to any concerns I as a parent have had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

Great school. Caring teachers, Christ centered values, a fast paced curriculum, and everything you would expect from a private school - small class sizes, spanish lessons beginning in pre-k, full day kindergarten, music, art and Phy Ed. Even ice skating lessons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

My child attended Minnehaha Academy for three years( preschool through kindergarten). My daughter loved the school. What you pay for at Minnehaha is the small student teacher ratio, the comfort to discuss christian values an education/activities that will enrich your child's education that you won't find in public schools. The parents are very committed to being involved in the school. However, the past two years have been challenging with all the changes in the administration and the layoff of some good teachers. I do agree the price tag is pretty high but at the end of the day if you are an involved parent your child will learn, you have to decide what you want your child exposed to and whether its worth the price tag. Just because it is a christian school doesn't mean it isn't without its flaws, teachers and all. You have to stay on top of them as you would any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

Unfortunately, I have to partially agree with the previous reviewer. Five years ago this school was superb. But in the past 2 years the school has really been struggling financially and for affective leadership. It seems that the administration is under an immense amount of pressure to raise funds. With fundraising as the major focus, it seems that curriculum and staff development have suffered. And as the other reviewed said, tuition is rising while staff is being cut. Not a pretty picture.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2011

Our experience with this school was very dissapointing. In the past two years, this school has lost their president, fired two principals, dealt with law suits from parents, raised tuition while also cutting specialists by 40%. They have rehired and restructured to compensate but the bottom line is that this school is an administrative mess. This is a very kind, gentle school and our child does love it. However as a parent, dealing with stressed out teachers and a disorganized administration is, quite frankly, not worth the price tag. There are many other great private schools in the area that would be worth your while to explore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

This school will give your child the opportunity to maximize learning. Our son started at MA in fourth grade and his learning has seen exponential growth since. He thrives in English (even though it is his second language-we moved from Europe to the US 4 years ago), mathematics as well as music. The school's backbone is its corps of teachers; I would describe them collectively as experienced, loving, pedagogical, demanding and fun! A Christian atmosphere is present at this school. Your children get more at MA.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 73%
Asian 7% N/A
Black 6% 11%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
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Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

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  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

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  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

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  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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  • After school
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian

Programs

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
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  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
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)
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

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  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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4200 West River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55406
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Phone: (612) 721-3359

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