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6-8
Public charter
St. Paul, MN

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835 East 5th St
St. Paul, MN 55106

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(651) 205-4797
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January 23, 2013
There is a new principal at the school, and this is her first year. I haven't had the opportunity to get to know her yet. She may be slightly more approachable, but it will be interesting to see if discipline falls off... New students from the surrounding urban neighborhood are finding the school and it will be important to maintain the culture of rigor and high standards. I think the parents from the neighborhood (I am one...) want these high standards for their kids. I have sent 3 kids to this school and found it an excellent place for my bright kids to learn that working hard is more important than being smart. The hard work required levels the playing field - every student can succeed if they put the effort forth. Although the school does not have an orchestra, they allow all instrumentalists to play in the band. The sports teams play against other charter schools and are not highly competitive, but provide the excellent experience of being on a team and improving the players' skills. Parents are welcomed as volunteers and students treat them warmly. As a charter school, this is a great place to get a "private" education feel for free!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2013
me being a student, I noticed that we usually vote 5 but it is the PARENTS who vote 1, this is a great school.

- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2012
Twin Cities Academy was the best years in my life and the teachers push you to the best of your abilites and teach a very hard and tough curriculum and the principal is nice is you get to know her. TCA keep doing what you do best: TEACHING

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2011
This school is so great! The principal can be scary but just be a good student and she'll ignore you basically. A lot of the teachers are very nice and really help in class. There are only a couple who are too young and inexperienced. Any of the bad posts of this school are all lies unless you're a bad student. Being an 8th grader this year, I have learned much and grown as a person. They are very strict about bullying and definitely do not accept it. The seventh and sixth grade science teacher is the best teacher there. She is so fun and nice to everyone. I absolutely love this school and credit to helping me want to go to college and a private high school. There are so many opportunities to volunteer and it is great. If you are nice to the principal, student or parent, she will be nice back. This is a great school and i will definitely send my kids there in the future.

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2011
I have been at TCA for 3 years and love it! It will be so sad to graduate at the end of the year. One of the best things about TCA is how close you get to your teachers! I personally feel that they are my friends rather than boring adults. Even thought i will not be attending the high school i will carry my experiences and memories with me throughout my entire life.. i would highly recommend TCA for anyone who wants a small, focused school with very helpful and understanding teachers.

- submitted by a community member
December 06, 2011
As an eighth-grader at TCA, I can honestly say that from 6th to 8th grade, I've had to work very hard. Teachers really push you, and the homework load isn't small, however it does get easier if you can manage your time. But kids here aren't afraid to ask for help and there is no bullying or popularity issues. I have had such a wonderful experience here, I intend to attend the High School! It starts and ends late, but it gets to be routine, and I like being able to sleep in a bit in the mornings! Teachers and students are friendly and smart, and while the Principal is no-nonsense, she's what makes this school great. There's great academics, a small school setting and a small student: teacher ratio. We have a student council, enrichment classes and end-of-quarter events, a school retreat, a 7/8 grade D.C. trip every other year, history day, student council, yearbook committee, sports, and a great environment; we're all a big family. There are uniforms, but they aren't bad. Awards are given out quarterly to students that have made significant progress, or are just doing great, and here, it's all about having a positive attitude, being respectful and persevering. Five stars!

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2011
for parents considering rigorous acedemics for their child, this is the school. nothing untoward is tolerated. my son had his uniform shirt out of his pants and was diciplined for a year. the principal is a very intense woman...her results are amazing...virtually all kids end up in college...my son is receiving advanced admission at a variety of colleges because of his success at TCA...if you want your child to be prepared for college, this is the place.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
The principal is very rude. I was a visitor from another school checking up on a student. She was rude and not nice - I would never send my child there.

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2011
The principal is NOT an approachable person. My daughter found money on the floor of a classroom, said something to her teacher, who basically ignored her, tried to turn it in to the office but there was no one there, so she brought it home to us. The next day she was called to the principal's office & accused of STEALING the money from another student's backpack. She explained to her that she did not have the money because she gave it to her dad, and that we had not brought it in because her little brother was in the hospital. The principal basically told her she was lying & left her in tears. When the principal called that evening & I explained that I had not spoken to my daughter yet because I was at the hospital with my youngest, she said that she would call us later & never called back OR returned any subsequnt phone calls. Way to go on starting the school year off right!!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
We are thrilled with this school. Our 7th grade daughter is at last happy, socially comfortable and excited about learning. No bullying issues, no popularity contests, no label distractions; the focus is exactly where it belongs. Teachers may be on the younger side, but state exam results attest to their abilities. As parents we are particularly pleased with the parent-school partnership. Parent involvement is not only welcome, it's required. Parent/teacher conferences are held quarterly and we can log into the school's website daily to see homework assignments, what's been turned in, what hasn't, and how our daughter is doing. This has been an invaluable tool in helping us keep her on track. The principal is intimidating -- okay, somewhat terrifying. In trying to figure out what makes this school what it is, what makes it great, she is that one variable I honestly believe has made all the difference. She's not putting up with any monkey business. Her eyes are fixed on educating her kids. Period. Hurray! On my daughter's graduation day I'm going to give our principal a big hug of gratitude -- and then run like crazy.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
As the parent of a middle schooler, I have found this school to be a hybrid of all of the previous reviews on this website. My child has received an excellent education, and the teachers, for the most part, are very good, but fresh out of college, thus lacking maturity and the "tool box" of experience in dealing with "middle school angst " issues. The principal is indeed, a "MEGA-control-freak." The teachers tow her line; parents are intimidated and feel unwelcome in the school and many of the students say they are terrified of her She has created a culture that is punative, practices "Gotcha!" discipline. Parents have a very difficult time contacting teachers, the Principal or setting up meetings to discuss progress. She clearly does not want parents in her school. Having said this I would recommend this school for the teachers - not for the Principal. No cliques; no discipline problems; nice diversity, challenging curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2010
I think Twin Cities Academy is a great school. If you want to be prepared for college academically, this is a school for you. For parents, if you want your children to be smart and stay out of trouble, then your child (ren) should come to TCA. All the teachers and students are very respectful toward each other. Some people said the Principal is mean, but I think she loves and cares about everybody. I think she only put on the mean masked face so everybody could follow the rules and do their homework thoroughly. I know that TCA will help me to get where I want to be in the future. -- a tca student

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2010
I am a student a TCA and I love the teachers! They are very friendly!

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2010
Emphasis on personal accountability Uniforms Academic rigor

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
I'm currently a seventh grader at TCA. Don't send your child here. The dismissal time is way too late (I get home at about 5:30 PM) and the homework is way too much. The teachers are not good at estimating the time spent on homework each night and if your child takes advanced math at TCA, they will be placed in a class called STEM and have to do 2-page research projects while the lazy teacher doesn't teach and just grades papers. TCA is losing money & it should just shut down or improve. The principle is rigid and demands lots of volunteer hours from families. The uniforms are a little annoying, but you get used to them. The only good thing about TCA is that you will probably leave prepared for high school, but worn out. This school is too demanding; don't send your child here.

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June 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
I'm a former student of TCA. I agree with the previous comments of the principal. She was harsh, unapproachable, and far too concerned with test results. While I agree test results are important, that cannot be the sole concern. The uniforms are annoying, but i suppose you get used to them. The curriculum is advanced: I was reading the same books in 6th grade as my 10 grade brother was. The homework is unbearable at times. but the learning atmosphere/community and the AMAZING teachers kept me engaged, driven, and willing to go to school everyday.

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February 11, 2009
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January 05, 2009
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December 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
I am a student at TCA. All the teachers are very young and some are way too inexperienced. The principal is really scary but if you behave you will get by. I work hard and get good grades, but there's a ridiculous amount of homework. I have about 3 hours a night and it's way too much. I have no time to have a life and wish there were fewer hours of homework each night. Overall this school is just OK.

- submitted by a student
October 26, 2008
The teachers and administration at this school are harsh and disrespectful in their interactions with students. The kids frequently complain of incidents that have them feeling put-down and hurt.

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October 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2008
I am a 7th grader at TCA. Overall, it's a pretty good school. However, i would not recommend this school if your student isn't prepared to learn, work, and get a good education. TCA is a no messing-around school for kids who are serious about learning. Although the teachers are young, most of them are excellent, and really connect with us. Plus the uniforms aren't so bad, and if you behave well, you have not reason to be afraid of the principal, although she can be a little bit in-your-face at times, but she does her job, and does it well. As for parent involvement, this isn't a school where kids OR parents can slack off. Overall, you can be guaranteed that your child will get a good education. P.S. it helps to sign up for volunteer opportunities over the summer or right before school starts :)

- submitted by a student
October 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
Don't send your child here! Teachers are inexperienced, the principal is unapproachable & rigid.

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October 15, 2008
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October 07, 2008
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October 06, 2008
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October 06, 2008
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October 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 20, 2007
1 star the teachers are not verry helpful of putting things into lamens terms for students and are not very under standing twords the students family and socil life.

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2007
TCA is a great choice for the St. Paul area. The school is very focused academically and has proven successful with its high test scores over the years. Unlike a previous reviewer I would give the principal high marks for her efforts in providing a challenging, safe and happy enviroment where the children can strive to be their best. The teachers do a great job of connecting with the kids while still keeping them on task. I would agree that it is a bit difficult to get in on the volunteer opportunities that are available evenings, but I suppose that this is positive demonstration of parent involvement. It is difficult to expect any school to be all things to all people, but TCA is a solid choice for parrents/children who desire an organized, acedemically challenging, and positive enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
This is a great school but needs to have music be a more important part of teh curriculum.

- submitted by a teacher
March 16, 2005
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March 16, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 26, 2005
This school has a lot to commend it: high expectations, good teachers, a healthy and happy learning environment, excellent test results. The principal, however, is micro-controlling, rigid and favors parents who have demonstrated loyalty and don't question her authority or threaten her. The school has been very unsuccessful at accomodating my special education child; it is more important to them to adhere to their curriculum and standards than understand, accomodate, and teach my child. I think they would prefer to have only 'regular education' students in the school. Although they stress parent-involvement, signing up for and being selected for volunteer work requires constant vigilance. I have made several ad hoc offers of volunteer assistance and all have been rejected, apparently because I have not demonstrated adequate loyalty to the principal. :(

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2004
Twin Cities Academy does an excellent job of maintaining a rigorous learning environment with young, enthusiastic teachers that truly challenge their students. Progressive and traditional educational themes are presented in an intimate, small school setting where the needs of each student can be addressed appropriately. With the exception of the Principal (a brisk, unresponsive non-people person) the staff and school is a great ally for parents seeking a great education for thier kids.

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January 31, 2004
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Twin Cities Academy
835 East 5th St, St. Paul, MN  55106
(651) 205-4797
Last modified Twin Cities Academy is a Charter school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Twin Cities Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top