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1025 18th St North
Saint Cloud, MN 56303

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(320) 230-5340
(320) 258-4765
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September 01, 2015
This school is great! My daughter really enjoys going to school here, uniforms and everything. :)

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October 22, 2014
Stride was great at one time, however now it has progressively gone down hill in the past 3 years. They have a dress code that isn't enforced completely, yet they tout this on their website as a key point. It's enforced if you are anyone but a somali student, then they let it all slide. They say it is for religious beliefs, yet that has no place in education, separation of church and state. They mislead parents on how supplies were purchased until everyone found out that we as parents were buying teachers their supplies. They have budget for such things, use it accordingly. The new principals and director I have only seen 1, none of them introduced themselves or were around at a welcoming night and they all seem afraid to actually do their job. They like to tout how diverse they are which is really just a way for them to get more federal money but do nothing with it. They have no library in either building, a long bookshelf in the elementary, that's it. Currently looking for other schools for my kids, however the local school district isn't any better, so k12.com or some other option will have to be explored. This school is a failure.

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2014
STRIDE Academy is a wonderful place to work as an educator. It is a school that has seen changes since first opening nine years ago and also one that is constantly looking at those changes and looking for ways to improve. It is a very welcoming environment where teachers, parents, students and administrators work together to strive to make it a better school. I have always appreciated the smaller class sizes, the leveling and flexible grouping by ability in math and reading and the uniforms. As we enter our tenth year, we are doing so with a new administration team. I am very excited to work with this team and feel that they will continue to strive to make STRIDE a great school where students learn and feel safe and where teachers will be guided to become exceptional at what they do.

- submitted by a teacher

August 01, 2014
As a kindergartener my child was leveled in a first grade level math class with 19 other kindergarteners. It was great to have that option in comparison to local schools where "leveling" means they just do more exciting or "gifted" things not more rigorous curriculum. The year round schedule prevents summer lag and gives opportunities to relax an enjoy every season. Uniforms help take the headache out of getting dressed and creates an environment where everything is equal. The staff at STRIDE cares about every student they have contact with from the teacher to paras to the janitor they all welcome parents and children with open minds and arms. This is a great school that you don't pay for! Other public schools could learn from them!

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2014
An amazing school with a leveling program able to meet the needs of any ability student. The waiting list proves it! : )

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2013
My husband and I LOVE this school for our son! He is getting opportunities educational wise that he would never receive at the other traditional public schools. He is viewed as the individual he is. The teachers are all welcoming and help the children so much and help every child there. I have never seen any discrimination like I have read two other posts. They help anyway they can with each child so they are onto a successful school career. Love how they have 20 - 23 kids (depends on the grade), I feel this helps the teachers teach the students a lot better, along with the dress code. I can not say enough positive things about this school. The only negative my husband doesn't like, is they don't have organized sports to compete with the other schools.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2013
Stride Academy was great when it opened up until they expanded. They have not increased the administration size and have no formal rules or regulations in place to handle situations that arise. The administration hides behind the secretaries and make false promises, they fail to evaluate children with special needs after requested in writing. This is illegal and a poor use of taxpayer money. This school needs to be closed for illegal practices. Stride also has a huge bullying issues in which the teachers take part in. They single out children, and instead of fostering their growth they foster the feeling of failure in the child. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2013
Stride academy had a GREAT plan when they first started out. LOVED IT! However with recent administration changes and the addition of the middle school, they have lost focus and control. The middle school has a HUGE bullying program that they do not want to address and they have a poor disciplinary system in place for adolescence resulting in disrespectful classroom behavior with very little follow through to correct the problem. Sadly in the next two years they will be adding the middle school and elementary schools together at the same location! My children have been with Stride since they're opening day and ALL have been removed from the facility at placed at better more proactive schools : (

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2011
My daughter just completed Kindergarten here and absolutely loves it. They are encouraging and willing to work with students of all backgrounds. They also work hard to make everyone feel included. She is making great steps in math and reading, being a kindergartener and being in 1st grade math and 2nd grade reading is impressive. Also nice that they work within the community and bring Tae Kwon Do programs into the school.. definately a blessing for our family!

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May 12, 2010
My kids have been given opportunities at Stride that they never would have received in a traditional school. One of my children was skipped a grade and both kids are working in classes well above their homeroom grade level. They have grown so much academically, emotionally, and socially in the wonderful Stride atmosphere.

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February 25, 2010
My son has grown both academically and socially at Stride. The staff from top to bottom go the extra mile to meet the needs of students. Very parent friendly school.

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November 18, 2009
My two kids are put in reading and math groups beyond their grade because the school does not simply teach by grade, but by a child's needs.

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October 27, 2009
My daughter was falling behind in math at her former public school due to enormous class sizes and overburdened teachers. She was starting to believe she was 'bad at math' and her teacher didn't really do much to encourage her. Since entering Stride she has excelled! It's a great school and parents tend to be more involved since the school requires parent volunteerism. I am thrilled with the school itself as well as the children who my daughter has befriended. It was a wonderful choice for us.

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August 05, 2009
It's true the school offers small size with a cozy community school, but the curriculum lends itself toward a lot of rote learning and repetition. It's heavily worksheet based and (shockingly) light on art/music/extracurriculars. My son withered here and has since thrived at a more innovative, challenging school.

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January 16, 2008
What a wonderful experience this has been for my children. My daughter excelled 2.5 years on her reading level in just one year and enjoyed doing it. Nuturing and supportive academic enviourment. A true blessing for our community.

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Stride Academy Charter School
1025 18th St North, Saint Cloud, MN  56303
(320) 230-5340
Last modified Stride Academy Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Stride Academy Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top