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6-12
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St. Paul, MN
Students enrolled: 197
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700 Glendale Street
St. Paul, MN 55114

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(651) 649-5495
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December 08, 2014
My son has attended Avalon School for the last 3 years (starting in 7th grade) and we could not have chosen a better school for him. He is a non-traditional student that is self-motivated, self-disciplined, inquisitive and unique in every way. Avalon's passion-focused/project-based structure plus it's dedicated and resourceful teachers, advisers and staff make for a winning school outcome for students that need something more than a traditional school can offer. My son is only a freshman but is on track to meet his graduation standards ahead of schedule so he can start working on post-secondary courses during his junior year. Avalon provides a safe, bully-free school setting where kids can explore their academic and social lives with confidence and grace under the caring guidance of educators committed to their students and the Avalon community.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2014
Avalon is an excellent choice for a wide variety of learners. Our daughter was homeschooled until high school, is fiercely independent & working to graduate early Avalon has been a perfect fit.. She loves the project-based format. Students are in an Advisory group for their high school years. The Advisors meet daily with students, guiding their projects and overseeing goal setting. We love our daughter's Advisors! Avalon encourages students to engage and become their best selves, giving them both independence & guidance to achieve their goals.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2014
Avalon is an amazing school, and we are so lucky to have found it. My son is mildly autistic, and while he never really hated school, he found it very stressful and tiring before we found Avalon. He loves everything about Avalon, and that has made it easier for him to really grow there. He is more responsible now, and the independent projects are definitely starting to get him to understand the real joy in learning things for their own sake. It is an amazing community, and just the best learning environment for kids that I have ever seen in action.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2014
Avalon is an outstanding school!!! I have never met such committed, creative, enthusiastic, unique, knowledgeable, respectful and truly student-oriented teachers/staff than the teachers/staff at Avalon. They demonstrate and role model extremely high quality, organized leadership which in turn creates a safe, enriched, growth-promoting learning and social environment for the diverse population of Avalon students. Parent involvement is warmly welcomed, highly encouraged and is paramount to the success of the students and to the overall awesomeness of the Avalon community. Avalon School is amazing!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
Avalon School has been the choice for four of my five children. Avalon is a true community of learning. It is a school that appreciates free thinkers, challenges one to become something more than they imagined and a place of peace and love. The environment helps to create well rounded citizens. Avalon is home.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
My son began attending Avalon last year as a member of the first 6th grade class at the school. He had a great experience and looked forward to school everyday, and is looking forward to heading back for 7th grade this fall. Avalon is a place where he feels accepted and can comfortably be himself, and where he can pursue his interests via his project work. As a parent, I really appreciate the school's community approach and the responsive communication between parent, child, and staff. I also appreciate how Avalon promotes a culture of both personal responsibility and collaboration. Most of all though, I am so happy to see my son in a school where he feels welcome and excited to learn.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
Our self-declared "school hater" switched from a large public HS to Avalon last fall. He still struggles with motivation and deadlines but for the first time in a long while he feels "okay" with going to school and likes his school environment. He has a couple of years left to go and we hope that Avalon can help him grow to embrace the power of learning and knowledge once more before he heads off to college. The teachers/advisors do a great job holding students to their self-determined goals and running the school cooperatively. They accept students' quirks, even when those make it ever so much more difficult to help the students succeed. We feel lucky to have been offered a spot when things were looking drab, and we are excited to look forward with Avalon by our student's side. Avalon supports struggling & frustrated learners like ours as well as highly prepared learners who want more freedom to explore and grow beyond what the public schools can facilitate.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
My kids started 7th grade at Avalon. If you went to a regular junior high school you know how brutal and spirit crushing kids can be at that age. I have always told my kids that who they are is good and you hope the world treats them as kindly. Avalon does. You can tell when you walk in and you see kids dressing and acting exactly like who they are, not like every one else.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
Avalon is a wonderful opportunity for youth to feel accepted and become part of a caring community. My student has learned a great deal in her areas of interest, made huge personal strides and has become an excellent student. All thanks to Avalon. Devoted and knowledgeable staff are part of the magic. Add commitment to each student's unique gifts and a model that allows students to create a meaningful learning plan that is going to work for them and you've got Avalon.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
From our first tour we felt welcome and could sense the staff and students were happy to be at Avalon. The culture at Avalon is very inclusive. Everyone is welcomed with open arms. Students are encouraged to be themselves and be their best. The teachers at Avalon meet the students where they are, but keep the bar high. It is a school that is focused on learning and achieving. Project-based learning meant our son could challenge himself, not just check the standards box. The teachers at Avalon provide guidance and help the students find the resources they need to do challenging projects. There is an amazing chemistry at Avalon that fosters curiosity, learning and support. The school is teacher-run, so the question of principal leadership is not relevant. If more kids had the environment and culture at Avalon, more kids would succeed to become learners and achievers.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
When people had us describe Avalon they would often say, You must have to be a special kind of kid to succeed at Avalon. I usually nodded my head in agreement, but then I attended his graduation ceremony this past June. I now speak up and say, Every child can succeed at Avalon because Avalon is all about the child. Both my wife and I have worked in a variety of educational environments. Today s educational climate spends it resources and energies on teaching children to be good at school not good at life. Avalon builds upon a child s passions and efficiencies guiding them through a personalize learning experiences that strengthens their inefficiencies while developing the untestable life-long skills such as perseverance, critical thinking, planning, cooperation, initiative, research, and a life-long love of learning. My son is headed off to college better prepared than having excelled at AP or IB courses. A college professor friend has said, in all sincerity, that our son is ready for Grad School. It all boils down to the image of the child and Avalon holds the image that all children are competent, curious, and possessing the potential to succeed. What more could you ask for?

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
My son started at Avalon in seventh grade. He actually thanked me for finding the school. School is a big stressor in my son's life, but he actually wants to go to Avalon. I find that the teachers at Avalon are really dedicated to helping all kinds of students succeed. They work hard to establish positive relationships with the kids. I also like that the high school students are role models for the middle school kids, and that my son won't have to transition to a new school for high school, since transitions are really hard for him. The fact that there is no principal and that the leadership comes from all the teachers is amazing, because the school really works.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2014
Avalon is great for kids that need to find a place that is very accepting. There is zero tolerance for teasing, and all are welcome. Most of the teachers were very caring, though it seemed hit or miss on the actual level of instruction. Some of the seminars they taught were really interesting/creative. That said, the expectations are really low for students. We had to leave after a number of years because our student was simply not being challenged. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves, but we found that the teachers were so into self-directed learning that they didn't challenge the students who were not particularly self-motivated, and didn't even seem to know what students were doing during the day. While they have interesting seminars, they don't have any advanced classes at all, and the math instruction in particular was very poor. Avalon is perfect for the highly self-motivated kid who doesn't fit into traditional junior highs or high schools, or kids who have been traumatized by traditional schools and need a safe space, but simply horrible for kids who lean toward the slacker side of the spectrum, and especially horrible for the bright but unmotivated student.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2014
I love Avalon as a community but I am worried that the teachers don't really work with me on learning how to write a good essay or how to give an effective presentation. They are really nice and the school is open and relaxed (some people use that as an excuse to sleep or look up cars, magic cards, and other things but many people do cool projects, too). When I do work, it's always considered good work even when I know I could have improved it more. I don't always get things done on time and I don't know how to do a better job with that. I get off topic and nobody really cares that much. I think the teachers need to set stronger examples for how great projects could look and teach us better how to do the work we'll be doing in college. They let us think for ourselves and plan stuff out, which is great, but I think they should give us guidance on what is a good project and help us figure out the best way to get ready for college and life. Project based work is really helpful and cool but there should be a little better partnership with the teachers so we can do really good work. Seminars should focus more on different topics; it's pretty art and creative writing heavy.

- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2014
Avalon is a place for socially inept individuals to refuse to embrace the inevitable and instead allows them continue to live out futile and petulant fantasies. This extreme level of narcissism and self-obession is toxic to productive education. I have walked out of Avalon woefully under prepared for adult interaction. If I learned anything at Avalon it was to send my children to public school.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2014
Five years ago, it was fantastic. Two years ago, it was good. Now, it's a disaster. If you have a student who needs to get away from a bad situation at their regular school, this might be ok, but other than that, look somewhere else. The staff is overwhelmed with too many individual student interactions (because of the nature of the school) plus the increased student count. The students don't get the support they need, and have to be extremely organized and diligent in order to succeed. The support and check-in procedures to make sure the students are on track don't happen. They need to quit trying to expand into lower grades, and just focus on the high school. When that's all they were, they were great and we recommended them to everyone. Now I wouldn't recommend them to anyone but the desperate.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
This school is filled with one-on-one support provided by caring staff. There is always someone to listen and a great variety of students. Students are given the option to work at their own pace, whatever that might be, and are still able to graduate on time. Never is bullying an issue at Avalon, because of the tight social community that encompasses the entire campus. -Parent

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
This school has not prepared me for college at all. I'm definetly very behind in all my academics especially math and science.

- submitted by a community member
March 17, 2014
This school does not focus on education. I consider this a last resort school for children who are not able to be successful in other schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2014
Avalon is school that accepts a variety of learning styles and is full of diversity. Its project based learning curriculum fosters independence and creative thinking in students. The staff are excellent and it shows that they want each student to succeed in their own unique way. Avalon helps each student grow as a person while helping teach them how to become contributing members of a community. I am an Avalon graduate and have gone on to earn my bachelors degree and masters degree. I attribute my success in college to the skills I learned and the support I had while attending Avalon. I would highly recommend Avalon to any 7th-12 grade student who is looking to grow as a person, not only a learner.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2014
My kids were homeschooled through middle school and attended and graduated from Avalon after that. Avalon was an incredibly nurturing, welcoming place that made the transition from homeschool to "regular" school as smooth as it could be. Avalon's culture of inclusion and respect allowed my kids to thrive. They each found ways to dig into what interested them, and found excellent allies and supporters in the teachers and staff. My kids enjoyed the culture of Avalon and the freedom it allowed them. We all appreciated the way the staff and teachers got to know not only the kids, but our whole family - and their willingness to meet the kids where they were, but also to challenge them. Well, I appreciated that. The kids weren't always excited to be challenged. :)

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
I am an alumni of Avalon School. I transferred to Avalon after my junior year of High school. Although I only spent my senior year at Avalon, I believe that it prepared me for life after high school more than any other school could. It is a project based school that allows students to take charge of their own education, and it also helps them to take their interests and explore them at an advanced level. The advisers are extremely passionate about helping their students explore, learn, and grow. The students are on a first name basis with their advisers which helps create a more comfortable environment for the students. Although I think Avalon is a great school, I do think that prospective students should be extremely aware that they must be independent and ready to take charge of their own education. since the school is project based the students are in charge of creating their own projects/classes and timelines of getting things done on time. And at my time at Avalon their was very little bullying. the advisers work hard to make Avalon a community where students can feel free to be themselves and learn in a comfortable enviorment.

- submitted by a community member
February 14, 2014
Avalon school is a great place for my daughter where she can explore her interests in a nurturing academic environment. The advisors are awesome and genuinely care about their students and their school!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2014
I enrolled at Avalon as a transfer student midway through my freshman year of high school, and graduated in 2008. To this day, I still believe that transferring to Avalon was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. At Avalon, I was able to pursue my passions and make new discoveries. The small class sizes meant that my teachers knew me and understood my unique learning needs and talents - they knew how to capture my attention and get me to live up to my full potential. Most importantly, Avalon teaches students lessons that go well beyond books and equations. The skills I learned at Avalon put me in excellent standing in college, where I excelled due to my aptitude for time management and independent study. Avalon's focus on networking and interview skills has served me well throughout my professional career, as it taught me the value of relationships and impressions. My experience at Avalon was nothing but positive, and I firmly believe that I owe my current success to the education I received there. Avalon is nurturing, inspiring, and unique, and I am proud to be an Avalon alum.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2014
My child attends this school is being bullied on a regular basis. The staff obviously know but claim they cannot do anything. Yet in the meantime they have all these plays about how people shouldnt be bullied. Also they have terrible textbooks for math and science

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2013
Avalon es un colegio fenomenal, la mayoria de los estudiantes se seinten muy a gusto de ir al colegio todos los dias. El personal docente que trabajan con los estudiantes estan capacitado para guiar a los estudiante en sus proyectos independientes de una manera respetuosa y cordial. Los maestros siempre estan listos para escucharlos y brindar ayuda a los que necesitan. Mi hija y mi familia nos sentimos muy felices y orgullosa de se parte de Avalon.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Avalon School is exceptional because it continues to grow and sustain its essential values to live daily as a celebrative place, a caring place, a creative place, a communicative place, a place of high standards and expectations, a place where student and teachers and parents are in charge. It is a place where most are excited to go in the morning and reluctant to leave at night.

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2013
Avalon is a school that is seriously student-centered and project-based. As a parent, you have to sometimes hold on and believe that what your child is doing at school is enough - because it is, even if it doesn't look like the traditional experience. We chose Avalon because our son was the kind of kid who had to be nagged every night about traditional, read the chapter and answer the questions homework; but, when given an open-ended assignment he would become completely absorbed in it. Avalon has been a great balance for him between seminar style classes and self-initiated projects. DO choose Avalon if you are interested in your child becoming an independent learner. DON"T choose Avalon if you need your child's education to look like your neighbor's child's education.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
My school is unique. I have given up trying to describe it to people who attended a traditional high-school. Avalon's independent project-based learning style allowed me to discover topics about which I am passionate. The time management and independence that was fostered at Avalon allowed me to greatly succeed in college. I graduated this past May from Goucher College in Maryland with multiple academic honors. I recently began working as an employee of the Baltimore City government, working with the city's historic properties. I am confident that the independence and passion for learning that Avalon instilled in me has been instrumental to the success and general happiness I have found post-high school.

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2013
Amazing school, my children attended middle school here and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. They are so excited to begin high school at Avalon, they are counting down the days until school starts again.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
My son attended Avalon High School in Saint Paul for 2 1/2 years, graduating this past spring. It was the perfect fit for him because it allowed him to take ownership of his education. Through the project based educational system he discovered a passion for plants and will be attending a liberal arts college in the fall to study biology and botany. When he started at Avalon at the end of his sophomore year he was headed to dropping out of school or taking an extra year to finish. The beauty of the system is that the fantastic teachers are willing to let the kids fail! When my son realized this, he woke up and took his education seriously. The teachers were there 100% to nurture, guide and encourage him, but they weren't going to pass him along just so he could graduate. It's tough love, but it was what my son needed.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Avalon is a unique school with unique teachers & unique students. Avalon is a teacher cooperative - no principal or superintendent. Instead there is a board with a healthy mix of teachers & parents. The middle school has classes & introduces students to project work. In 9th- 12th students complete graduation requirments through project based learning & seminars. Because of its unique structure Avalon attracts teachers willing to earn a bit less and driven to develop their own curriculum - with the students. There is no boxed curriculum or cookie cutter teaching here. Service week is a great experience . Learning takes place via classroom activities and assignments before and after service week, as well as the service activities themselves. Many of Avalon's students have not fit in at large, traditional schools & are past victims of bullying. Avalon has a higher than average # of Aspie, ADHD, gay, lesbian, bi & transgendered students. Kids bullied out of other schools often find a home at Avalon. Our Aspie 8th grader struggles some, but grew & learned so must last year! We're confident our daughter will graduate & move on to higher education.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Avalon is an authentically student-centered institution. The primary focus is on student learning and not simply on executing a curriculum. The staff at Avalon meet students where they are help them go as far as students are willing. The staff know my children and lead them in developing skills to explore their interests and share their understandings. I've been repeatedly surprised and thrilled to hear sound and personalized advice to my sons from their advisors regarding their personal responsibilities and educational goals. THEY KNOW MY CHILDREN AND MY CHILDREN KNOW AND HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THEMSELVES AND THE AVALON COMMUNITY. Avalon is a model of excellence in education.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
I definitely would have dropped out had I not attended Avalon. The project system is absolutely to die for.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2013
It's a simple principle that people will easily learn things that they're interested in. Avalon made me interested in almost everything. By the time I graduated, my head was spinning from all the directions that my curiosity was taking me. This happened because the advisors can give each student guidance in their own direction. They really find what students need and want and can send them down their own path. Advisors trust their students, which is a kind of respect that you don't see anywhere else.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2013
There are so many good things to say about Avalon. Community involvement, bringing people into the school to work with the students (for instance, by requiring an expert in the chosen field to be part of your senior project) and by sending the students out to do volunteer work. They encourage students to love learning, to explore what interests them, rather than just regurgitating information. And, perhaps most importantly, they teach social acceptance and tolerance. It's a haven for anyone questioning gender. But it's much more mundane than that, too: anyone from prospective auto mechanics and hair dressers to wanna be novelists and incipient peace activists find a place. I point this out because Avalon, I think, has a reputation as a leftist/alternative haven but not in any puritanical sense. There is always lively debate from almost all points of view. They practice a form of diversity that is genuinely diverse and they guide the students toward dialog rather than sloganeering.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
My son attended Avalon for all 4 years of high school. He flourished there and was able to pursue his passions. As a volunteer, I saw a number of students who did not fit in well at other schools really able to be accepted for who they were at Avalon. The advisers know the students well and really appreciate the students for who they are. They are committed to the students and the school. My son learned to be self-directed and now is a senior in college with a double major, working on his honors project. The skills he learned at Avalon and the self-direction and self-confidence helped him to be successful. He also maintains long-term friendships from Avalon. I appreciate the way that Avalon provided the environment and skills that helped him to develop into confident, self-directed adult.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
I was a student at Avalon about six years ago. Avalon changed my life and made me who I am today. Avalon helped me learn what I wanted to do with my life before i got to college. Every advisor was amazing and knew you and cared about you. I wod not have made it through hogh school without Avalon

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2013
Avalon is an amazing school. Our daughter experienced rejection and bullying in previous schools, and even though she was a very bright student often struggled with a despondent attitude and lack of motivation. The project-based learning model allowed her to access her creativity and feel rewarded, a result that is the opposite of her experience at previous schools. Avalon rewards creativity, teaches self-motiviation and provides a uniquely welcoming school environment. We are so grateful to have discovered Avalon.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
My lord is this an amazing school. I personally came from a standard public school system where you are just a number on a list, where you can be bullied for whatever reason and no one cares. Then I went to Avalon and my life has changed for the better. I'm kinder, more understand, a million times more confident, and I feel like I can take on the world after high school. Everyone here is great, especially the staff. This is the best school to come to if you are very motivated. Come be who you are. You won't regret it.

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2013
I feel like Avalon started as a very good idea for a school and did a great job for a while. Lately however it seems like they are more concerned with the herculean task of getting lady gaga to appear for some odd reason. Granted bullying is a very bad thing, a lot of things that have been said in the videos inviting lady gaga to come to the school, aren't real bullying issues, and are more along the lines of real life situations. You don't get coddled when you do something wrong at your job, and you're gonna have to have the strength to deal with that. You don't always get to be your favorite princess, but that's life. Sometimes you even get blamed for things that you had nothing to do with. You were supposed to be on snacks but then Trisha comes and yells at you for not watching the door. But you can't let that get to you. All in all I think Avalon is a great place, and has a great idea for what they want to be, but there needs to be a little bit more real world incorporated into the school's culture. 3/10. C-. Great potential but took an unnecessary detour. Would not recommend.

- submitted by a community member
December 03, 2012
I love Avalon and the forward-thinking educational model in place there. I loved the creative performance-based projects my daughter and her friends were able to delve into while students she left back at her old school were memorizing boxes of cards with history facts. My daughter is now at Hamline Univ, having received scholarships in theater, academics, and leadership based on her activities that tests could never reflect. I think Avalon is like a tiny liberal arts college with a huge safety net (if colleges could accept kids from every academic level with all degrees of motivation and maturity). Students take a few seminars and can read and work, discuss or get input and guidance during the rest of the time. I love that Avalon is a democratically run teacher coop that models what it means to take responsibility for learning. The teachers here are phenomenal: expert, smart, kind, fair, and with a sense of humor. Avalon has well-developed support systems for all students (low to high acad). There is a lot of freedom here, also freedom to waste time, and maybe fail. Some kids need more nudging than others to start taking advantage of what Avalon has to offer. Sort of like college.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
My daughter is a senior at Avalon and has attended since 8th grade. She has an IEP and has benefitted tremendously from the daily personal attention and assistance she receives from the Special Ed staff and her advisor. Although she is not a very self-motivated learner for a project-badsed school, Avalon's program and curriculum give her freedom to learn in the variety of ways that wouldn't be possible in the big public high schools. Both she and I love the small scale and eclectic nature of both the physical space of the school and the makeup of the student body. Even with her learning challenges, in 5 years she has never, ever said "I don't want to go to school today."

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
My daughter struggled with the traditional school format in middle school. We decided to try the project based learning model of Avalon. Since her freshman year, she has gone from a failing student to getting all A's and B's. She has received so much support and encouragement from the excellent teachers at Avalon. I would recommend Avalon to anyone who wants their child to have a quality education where they will learn independence in their studies while still receiving care and attention from the staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2012
When i asked my 13-year-old son (7th grade, new to school) how his day was, he said, "Any day I can go to Avalon is a good day." He had prided himself in hating school in elementary ages, but is freely willing to admit he loves this school. When I asked him what he likes so well, he said being able to move from class to class and that people are so nice. For the first time in his school career, he cares about his performance, and is motivated to keep up with the subjects that don't come so easily. We feel fortunate to have this asset in our lives.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
This is a wonderful school. Our bright, curious daughter was bored and unchallenged in middle school. Avalon, which has a great combination of structure and independence, has made a huge difference not only in her education but in her life. The project-based learning model is great not just for already disciplined, motivated kids, BUT ALSO for kids who may not at first seem to be ideal candidates -- they *develop* that motivation and discipline from being at Avalon. Really great for kids (and parents) to harness their creativity and critical thinking while being held accountable and developing confidence. The teachers really understand high school students, love their jobs, and do a fantastic job with the students. The small class sizes are great for kids who would otherwise be overwhelmed/"get lost" in a larger high school. The overall environment, from both teachers and fellow students is very welcoming and nurturing. Note: I rated "principal leadership" five stars, but the school actually school functions on a cooperative system among the teachers. It works great.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
I was a student at Avalon last year, and did not return this year. It is a great school with lots of support from teachers. However, I think the amount of freedom that students get at Avalon can be hard for some to manage. There is a lot of drug use and cliques- especially for a small school. Overall though, Avalon is still a great place to go if traditional school isn't working out.

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2012
Our son is a 7th grader so we are new to Avalon. We have had many school changes and heartache.Two weeks into the school year, he said, "now I know what kids mean when they say that they like school.". The Avalon staff are patient, nurturing and wise. We are so happy to have found this community.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2012
I just graduated Avalon this year as a member of the class of 2012. This wonderful place has taught me how to be true to myself in my education and how to take control of my future. Avalon challenges their students more than the average community because they provide an environment that encourages learners to go beyond their limits and to push themselves for their own reasons, for their own success. I was not only given the opportunity to grow, but to pursue my personal aspirations. I could say that Avalon is the perfect place for anyone to grow, but what it actually does is provide a personalized community with faculty who allow you to flourish as far and wide as you choose to. What Avalon does is provide a limitless education for its students. It gives us control. Next year I'm going to an excellent college which provided me with a total of $21,000 of financial aid (not including student loans), more than 50% of the cost. Something that FOUR other colleges matched. So clearly colleges agree with my assessment of Avalon. I left Avalon feeling proud of myself and the work I had done. I would recommend it to any prospective students (or parents) looking for a better education.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2012
The staff at Avalon is an impressive collection of dedicated, compassionate professionals. If your child would do well with project-based learning, it would be hard to beat Avalon.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
My son was unable to be successful at his neighborhood school. At Avalon they appreciate his unique learning style. It is amazing to hear him excited to go to school. Avalon is a place where he is free to be himself in an accepting community of amazing students and staff. In this environment he has blossomed and is making plans for his future. Thank you Avalon!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2011
Avalon is a very special place. Students who are motivated and self-directed can soar, beyond anything that might be expected in a conventional school. But more importantly, students who have lost their way can find it again. It is, in my mind, because of the intimacy: the close relationships with teachers (called advisors), the close community of the students and the insistence that every child can learn, and be in charge of their own learning. At graduation this year, the most touching story by far was the young man who had turned his academic career around. We were all in tears, his family was there cheering, and he gave flowers to his mother. Extraordinary. In addition, it is tolerant and focused on giving back to the community. There is very little chance that a conventional, large, and comparatively well-resourced high school could ever match what Avalon can offer.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
I was a student at Avalon, graduating class of 2005. I could not have asked for more of my instructors, academic content, or community. Avalon was were I blossomed into who I am, build the foundation I needed for college, my professional career, and now my graduate studies. This school is not for everyone, but those who are ready to take their education into their own hands and learn in a way that works for them, there is no place better.

- submitted by a community member
July 21, 2011
Traditional high school was not working for our son and he flunked out when he was a sophomore. Luckily, we found Avalon where he was able to flourish during his last two years. After graduating on time made possible because of the project based system - he has now been accepted into college and given an academic scholarship. One of the schools said that the letter of recommendation written by a teacher at Avalon was, one of the best we ve ever seen. His success has been made possible by the staff at Avalon. He worked hard too, but was uninspired before arriving at Avalon. The community they have created allows students of all types to find their way. Teenagers who find traditional school stifling are able to blossom both socially and intellectually in the Avalon environment. I can t say enough good things about this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
My daughter is a graduate from Avalon. She flourished with the wonderful teachers and project-based program at Avalon. She has now finished 1 year at the local college (where she received A's) and is hoping to become a nurse. Avalon's community taught my daughter, respect, caring, how to motivate herself and others. We recommend Avalon as a wonderful learning school.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
Avalon is a great school for kids that want to learn. Motivated students learn a lot more there than what they would sitting in a classroom doing worksheets. If you have a child who feels like their traditional school is a waste of time because she's not really learning much of anything, I highly recommend that you consider transferring her to Avalon.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
My son graduated from Avalon this past June. He started high school at Central and was 'lost in the masses' and not doing well - academically or emotionally. When we attended the open house for Avalon we were incredibly impressed and the school has never failed to meet the high expectations they initially set with me. Overtime I saw my on embracing education and taking ownership for his studies, he was engaged and working really hard on his projects and studies. He took PSEO classes this year and finished his studies at Avalon a couple months ahead of time! Most important to us is that we saw his confidence grow, he is strong, grounded, and optimistic young man who is off to the U of M Morris next month. What truly makes Avalon special is the people and the culture. It's amazing and I strongly encourage others to consider Avalon, you won't be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
The staff and the culture at Avalon are second to none. I love the cultural diversity and high respect given to and from all-students and advisors alike. My son's advisor will always hold a very special place in our hearts, she is amazing and has made a tremendous difference in our lives.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
5 out of 5: Avalon is all about students and teachers all excelling...together. Student and faculty are peers... mutual friendship and respect. The learning environment is energized by allowing a student to grow and create in the area of their greatest interest. Avalon is a model of the gold standard that charter school education can and should be.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
Last year our daughter transferred to Avalon from a large suburban high school. Instead of being marginalized as a new comer, she was embraced. Avalon teachers, staff and students have created a welcoming culture that has allowed our daughter to feel challenged, to learn how to discipline herself, and to grow. Because of the loving, caring and engaging school activities, parents, community members, teachers and alums all show up to school events. Avalon's unique model of teaching and learning was the right fit for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
Avalon school has been a great place for my son, Wyatt. He had a year at South High in Mpls where the class sizes and number of subjects were just too much for him to keep up with since he is hands-on oriented, not so much academically oriented. At Avalon he was able to take on projects such as building a detailed scale model of his wooden sailboat, complete with melted lead in the keel, which got him connected to math and engineering. This past spring he spent 4 months on a sailing ship through Ocean Classroom in Maine, and Avalon sent him off with their blessings.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
I am not perfect--I fall down--but the very fact that there is a right to allow oneself space to make such falls is key to--at least in my personal opinion--furthering development in any particular direction of choice. As I have mentioned earlier in this possibly boring and overly extended review, I am not in college. Currently I work on an organic, permaculture vegetable Farme less than an hour northwest of the cities in Ramsey, Mn. Last summer I volunteered on a similar set-up in Northern New Mexico. After the season this year I plan on taking a long bike ride around the country with my Banjo--which I am just starting to play--and touring schools oriented around natural living systems and bush-craft skills before I decide whether I pay in or not. I just want o put it out there that Avalon does prepare you for a higher education--meaning multiple forms of perspective and systems of knowing--this might not mean a 4 year degree or even a 2 year degree--it might lead you into an internship, an apprenticeship, starting your own business, a nomadic adventure, a lifelong journey of the soul...I think I will stop now...basically just stay open and follow your heart.

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2011
I had practically given up hope that my "borderline ADHD" son would ever embrace learning, but after two years in Avalon's middle school, he's gone from "I hate school" to "School is OK." The project-based learning model really helped him get interested and he has benefited greatly from the organizational and research skills that are required with the help of his advisors and special education. Avalon is a unique environment with an emphasis on acceptance and cooperation. I couldn't be happier with my son's progress there.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
Avalon has been the most positive experience yet for my daughter who does not fit into a typical high school settings with all those kids and clicks. She was previously at another charter school which fit her artistic needs but still didn't socially connect. She then went to traditional high school for a semester where she didn't do well. FINALLY found Avalon and she is home :). The school fits here academic and social needs as well as her inner connections with her advisor. They are preparing her for college and she is happy. I as a parent couldn't ask for more!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
As a college professor (History, Macalester College), I have had many connections with Avalon, its faculty, and its students. I have advised students on independent research projects; I have been a guest speaker in classes;I have consulted with faculty on curriculum and projects; and i have had Avalon students in my Macalester classes as part of the College-in-the-schools programs. I have been consistently impressed and pleased. The students are genuinely able to direct their own learning and are intellectually curious and alive. The faculty respect the students and interact with me as peers. If I were a high school teacher, this is where I would want to work.

- submitted by a community member
January 05, 2011
I was part of the first class of graduating seniors from Avalon School, back before they added the middle school. Attending Avalon was an amazing, life-changing experience. I was able to enjoy learning for the first time because of the freedom to focus on my passions. I felt safe and accepted socially, and I knew that advisors cared about my success. I am now two years out of college with my own teaching license, and working as an artist.

- submitted by a community member
December 18, 2010
My child is a graduate of Avalon, now attending a local college. Project based learning, coupled with caring, competent faculty support has fully prepared her for the world of higher education. At Avalon she could begin to follow her dreams. The community of diverse students accepted and embraced her, a person with physical challenges. As a teacher myself (at another school) I highly recommend Avalon.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2010
Avalon is an amazing school! It's a project-based learning environment, with a teacher-collaborative leadership team. Our son absolutely flourished there, in ways he hadn't previously in other schools. He's a very self directed young person, but without much interest in or skill with, the kind of iintense sociality of a lot of high schools. Avalon is a community of practice that not only helps students succeed academically, but also helps them to grow socially and personally. They take young people's interests very seriously, and mentor them with appropriate challenge and encouragement.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
AVALON PROMOTES A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WHERE SELF MOTIVATED STUDENTS CAN FLOURISH WITH PROJECT BASED LEARNING. ADVISORS WORK CLOSELY WITH INDIVIDUALS TO DEVELOP/ENHANCE THEIR SKILLS FOR SUCCEEDING IN THE CHARTER SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT. SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS ABOUNDS FROM EACH STAFF MEMBER TO PROMOTE THE TALENTS AND LEARNING OF EACH INDIVIDUAL. MY 2 DAUGHTERS GRADUATED FROM AVALON (A TOTAL OF7 YEARS LEARNING) AND THERE WAS VERY LITTLE ADAPTATION TO THE COLLEGE ROUTINE AS A RESULT OF THE RESPONSIBILITY THEY HAD FOR THEIR EDUCATION AT AVALON. I WOULD RECOMMEND AVALON TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR A HIGH SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF THE TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
Avalon helps show teens how to self-actualize. Congress system makes students be responsible for their school's mission, building, and students. The driving force behind Avalon are caring staff and advisors that do not feel like they have completed their job until the child graduates. Their is no principal, but the leaders of the school are the advisors, the students, and the parents that find constructive ways to complete the school's mission statement. The academics of Avalon are as strenuous and insightful as the student is strenuous or insightful. The education at Avalon challenges intellectual, personal, and learning choices.

- submitted by a community member
December 16, 2010
AVALON SCHOOL IS FANTASTIC! AFTER ONE AND A HALF YEARS IN THE LOCAL VERY LARGE PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL, MY DAUGHTER FOUND AVALON. A SCHOOL LIKE NO OTHER. THE TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE KIND, CARING AND KNOWLEDGABLE. WITHOUT AVALON MY DAUGHTER WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST. THANKS AVALON!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
My daughter is a recent graduate of Avalon. She was not born organized, self-assured, or highly motivated to "do what is expected." She could not compete with her type-A sister in a traditional high school. Avalon gave her the opportunity to have her talents, her curiosity, and her abilities recognized. That very recognition gave her reason to learn. She was forced to learn time management and self discipline, to think globally, to use the interconnection of many academic disciplines, to work a project to its completion while meeting required state standards. She is doing extremely well in college and life, all of which I credit to the timely, caring , and demanding attention of the Avalon community.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
My son is in his third year at Avalon. He has just blossomed. School stopped being something he endured and began being his community. He takes two city buses each direction to get there, is never late and often goes early. The advisors really work with the students to teach them now, rather than later, how to manage their work, learn organizational and planning skills, and own their results. I only wish we had found Avalon in time for his older brother to attend as well!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
I work at Avalon and have for over eight years. I love being here for many reasons, but my favorite is building authentic relationships with families and staff around independent work. Students can accomplish anything here because we encourage them to follow their passions. Being respected this way, those students then contribute to a strong and nurturing community of which I am proud to be a member. Avalonians are awesome blossoms!

- submitted by a teacher
December 15, 2010
I went to one of the public high schools in the St. Paul area for a year, and left to go to Avalon starting in Sophomore year. Avalon is what you make it to be. If you work, and are respectful to the other students and the staff, chances are it will be a great experience. Not everyone is nice, but it's high school. Generally, I think the Avalon community is very accepting to new students, and a great place to learn what you want instead of what other people think you should learn.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2010
My 2 children graduated from Avalon and are both in college. The atmosphere of support gave them the skill, determination, and positive outlook that make continuing their education a lifelong adventure. Thank you staff and teachers!!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
I love this school for my daughter. She has learned so much more about educating herself than she ever would have learned in a traditional school. This is a life long skill that will never let her down. The school is very open and welcoming to all types of students. I really feel that her education is a collaborative effort between her advisor, her teachers, myself and my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
Avalon is a wonderful learning environment that prepares youth for "real" life in a way that no other school could. It provides a safe space for students who are exploring themselves and their relationship to their communities, and society as a whole, and enables them to be creative in their work and passions. I would not have graduated from High School had it not been for the supportive teachers and staff of Avalon, and I am thankful every day for them.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2010
I started out at South High school for 9th grade, and felt that the learning style really wasn't what i was looking for. It was too rigid and inflexible. I felt that it did't let me go as far and learn as much as I wanted to, and the teachers were uncaring and didn't invest much time or effort into helping individual students learn. Then I came to Avalon in the middle of 10th grade. Avalon is the exact opposite of everything I thought was inescapable. There are caring, extremely devoted, and brilliant teachers. All of whom take a personal interest in each of their students, and do everything in their power to help them succeed and recognize their true potential. Avalon is about finding your own learning style, and going deep into subjects that captivate you. It is extremely flexible, and help is always available to those who need it, as well as the opposite for students who do best when left to themselves. Avalon is a healthy, trusting environment with good relationships between students and teachers, and an excellent learning environment.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2010
My daughter flourished at Avalon after a very poor experience with other students at another large suburban public school. Teachers at the other school were unable to control the behavior of the school's students. At Avalon, we found caring, dedicated teachers who looked out for the needs of everyone, making it possible for anyone who wanted to - to succeed. We also found students willing to help each other in many ways. My daughter made life long friends at Avalon. There were a few students who were unable to deal well with the freedom that a school like Avalon provides. Those students, unable to establish their own goals and make a commitment to personal achievement sometimes moved on to other schools. Sometimes they were able to take responsibility for their own performance and find success. My daughter's performance and accomplishment soared in the Avalon environment. This was a very positive experience - she is now in college. I would recommend this school to any parent looking for a new, open approach to education where students have many opportunities to be successful.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
Avalon is the best school I know of. While nothing and nobody is perfect, Avalon comes closer than most. It is in many ways like a tiny liberal arts college with a huge safety net (if colleges could accept kids from every academic level with all degrees of motivation and maturity). My child was sick of school before transferring to Avalon. Now she's excited about learning again and feels she learns so much more than at her old (well-respected) school with its big classes and treadmill credit/grade system. The teachers here are phenomenal: expert, smart, kind, fair, and with a sense of humor. Avalon has well-developed support systems for all students (low to high acad). There is a lot of freedom here, also freedom to waste time, and maybe fail. Some kids need more nudging than others to start taking advantage of what Avalon has to offer. Sort of like college.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2010
After going there for a few years, I realized it wasn't the school for me. When I decided to change schools the next year, the teachers were incredibly rude to me. Flexibility and lack of structure is great for some kids and helps them thrive, but for others, especially the kids they take, it doesn't work. So you'll see many students sleep all day and fall incredibly behind in credits. All my former friends say the day is boring. The teachers don't listen to what you have to say and I always felt like I never had a voice. Lots of cliques. Kids are nasty to each other. Good for students who got expelled or would've flunked out of traditional school. I don't think it would've gotten me to where I want to go. in life.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2010
Avalon's project-based, flexible model is wonderful. Through a combination of traditional classroom-style courses, individual projects, and external internships our daughter has already gained valuable knowledge and experience that have helped prepare her for college and her chosen field. We are grateful to Avalon's engaged and outstanding, supportive teachers/advisors. Though projects require more time and effort of both teachers and students than a multiple-choice test, the rewards are tremendous. Not only do students learn the material, they learn how to learn and how to manage their time. If your child is self-motivated, we strongly suggest you consider Avalon.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2010
As an Avalon parent I am extremely grateful to this amazing little school. In my many years of parenting (I have 4 kids) I have not seen the school with the wormer, more accepting and kinder atmosphere. Besides the bright kids that are ready for more independence in learning, this school gets many kids discouraged by their middle and high school experiences elsewhere. Many of these kids (and their parents) are desperate. Amazingly, no matter how depressed these kids come, they feel comfortable and accepted here. And it is only then, that these kids become engaged academically. With its great flexibility, and genuine interest in each student's personality this school earns kid's trust and is able to cultivate interest in learning in almost any student. Kids become eager to comply with rather high academic expectations. All of this happens because of the tremendous work of love and intellect of Avalon's enthusiastic

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
I have been teaching at Avalon for 9 years now and I can honestly say that I have looked forward to every day of work. At Avalon a teacher gets the distinct pleasure of knowing the students as people. We spend a lot of time working one-on-one with individual students instead of trying to manage crowd control of a large classroom. Working with the students at Avalon gives me much hope for our shared future. They are bright, articulate, passionate young people who are ready and excited to share their talents with the wider world!

- submitted by a teacher
May 12, 2010
Avalon School in Saint Paul, MN is definitely a school I can recommend. Both of my children have now graduated from Avalon. They have two different learning styles and yet both were able to succeed in this project based learning environment. My daughter used the opportunities to explore her world. My son, on the other hand, was very focused and therefore was able to center all of his projects on his dream career. Both of my children are now in college and they believe that their transition to college was much easier because they had become independent learners at Avalon. They had time management skills down which is something many college students struggle with. And the senior project requirement (with 300 hours of research) is fantastic! If your student is self-motivated about challenging him/herself and is eager to learn, then Avalon is a great school! What an opportunity!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I'm a very proud Avalonian mom. What for other parents might seem a flaw; I consider a plus. Kids get direction and flexibility but, they work; they have deadlines and of course, grades. The project oriented system is ideal for any kid who is self-disciplined , loves learning and wants a higher education. It is a preamble to work at college level. The teaching staff is first class and is always on top of things, very attentive to the needs of the students and cheering them for their successes. My daughter thrives at Avalon. It is a great learning community of respect, tolerance. I highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
I highly recommend Avalon for any student who is interested in learning, but feels like traditional school is too regimented and repressive. My daughter transferred to Avalon for her junior year. She now enjoys school like she hasn't since third grade. There's nothing better than having your child look forward to school. We have that now with Avalon. She's responded extremely well to Avalon's freedom and flexibility and to the individual attention of her teachers. If your student makes good choices even when no one is looking, Avalon is a great school. However, if your student doesn't have much self-discipline (or at least a strong desire to develop some self-discipline) then a more structured environment would be the better choice. At Avalon, the responsibility for learning is placed squarely on the student's shoulders. Students who accept that responsibility will flourish at Avalon.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
Avalon is not the school for you if you care about the future of your child. The flexibility and lack of structure is perfect for the lazy teachers there. Don't waste your time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
Avalon provides not only the amazing teaching staff but allows students to discover and develop their strenghts. The project based learning also teaches the students to be accountable and resposible for their work and success. The teaching staff is always available to talk with either myself or my son. My son thrives at Avalon. I wont have him at any other school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
The flexibility and individualized attention at this school is incredible. Our child is thriving there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
The teachers at Avalon school are the most dedicated individuals I've ever met. They have taken the time and effort to not only know my children, but to understand how they learn best and do everything within their power to support them. They are an amazing group!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I love this school because my son is treated like a person--not a number--is treated with respect by the teachers and staff. There is a great deal of independence and the school encourages (if not requires) critical and creative thinking. I see these kids as being true leaders in the future since they have been taught to THINK, not just regurgitate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I love Avalon school because it really supports each student's individuality through the project process. The staff are excellent and put tremendous effort into building a positive relationship with students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
Avalon School is a place where unique kids can go and be comfortable being who they are, while learning life-long skills instead of just facts. They 'learn how to learn,' instead of just memorizing dates and names. The project-based learning gives them skills they will use in college, at work, and even for hobbies or leisure time. The teachers are excellent, friendly, supportive, and do a great job of keeping parents updated with what's going on at the school, and with the students. The tiny class sizes give each student a lot of individual teach attention, and I can't say enough about what a great school it is!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Avalon really helped my son turn his academic life around. The independent learning style Avalon encourages really empowered him to work to his full potential, while at the same time studying subjects that he was actually interested in. THANK YOU AVALON STAFF!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I love my son's school because the entire staff is passionate about learning how to be a good citizen as well as academics. The staff are young enough to have a fresh outlook on education and technology and old enough to make wise decisions and hold their students accountable. The school is highly involved in the betterment of their community and go out of their way to adjust as much as possible to the students learning style so that the maximum affect can be achieved. They are positive at all times and truly encourage students to want to be the very best they can in every aspect of their life.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
Avalon is a good school preparing kids for a good future. Great Advisors that care about the students education & progress.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
Great school from 7 to 12 grade. Project based, Avalon prepare the kids to success.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2009
As I prepare to graduate this spring with my BA I know the only way I got where I am is because of Avalon. I hated traditional school and was not on track to graduate. Transferring to Avalon not only made me excited about my education but also gave me the push I needed to head away to college. The dedicated teachers, accepting community, and socially active student population create a learning environment unlike any other!

- submitted by a student
April 02, 2009
If you are well motivated, and care about your education, this is the school for you. Students who can't stay on task, don't want to be at school, or have no interest in taking ownership for their education shouldn't go to Avalon. This is a school for the gifted and talented, not necessarily the average student.

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2009
My stepson attends this school, and it is no where near the quality of my dauther's school. This is supposed to be a project based school, and one of the most popular and encouraged projects is finding ways to promote the school. Try looking at YouTube, and you'll see multiple projects that can be easily copied to say how great it is. I believe a self-motivated student who is resist to rampant drug use would do well. Parents are not informed of a student's missing projects or homework until many weeks have passed. A student may 'help' another student with their project rather than do their own, which leads at times to slacking off. There is great school spirit, and incentive to take pride in the school. Very few resources are available compared to other schools. I believe there is no where near the supervision needed to keep highschoolers on task.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
Teacher-cooperative led school, with a focus on project-based learning. This is a charter school which allows students from a diverse set of backgrounds thrive in ways that suit them best.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
Extremely dedicated, smart, and enthusiastic teachers. Here 'project based learning' really, really works. Diverse students melded into a strong and compassionate community. Excellent integration with community resources -- people, institutions, programs.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
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August 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
It's quite simple, really. This is the best school I ever attended. Overcrowding isn't an issue here. I recieve individual attention, and, although this hardly seems important, there is plenty of time to eat lunch. Sometimes, it's the details that make a school. It's details that make this school for sure.

- submitted by a student
May 03, 2008
The teachers are nice, smart, and understanding. I like the way they teach me and the small class sizes. I always had a lot of problems at other schools, but I have had few problems that were solved faster then they would've been in normal schools. The teachers and students care about each other. It's a wonderful working enviorment.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2008
Avalon is an amazing school that gives me the freedom to learn in the way that is best for me, but also has just enough structure so I know what work I need to do. I have great relationships with my peers and advisor. I transfered to Avalon my junior year and it was the best decision I've made in my entire academic career. I couldn't have asked for a better school. I LOVE Avalon.

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 31, 2007
This school is perfect and it has made a world of difference for me- eowyn

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 10, 2006
Do not overlook this jewel of a school. My daughter transferred to Avalon from a large public high school for the second semester of her junior year. She will be part of the graduating class of 2007! She is now thriving at Avalon. The teachers are intelligent and extremely supportive. They hold realistic expectations for all students, based on the individual. The school community offers a unique sense of belonging for the students and their families. I see my daughter showing an excitement for learning that has been absent way too long. Her grades have improved significantly and she is now talking about which college she will attend.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
After three years at Avolon, my daughter has developed into a highly respectful and responsible girl who is handling her work at Avalon and additional classes at the Univ. of MN well. She wants to be a positive influence in the world. The teachers at Avalon are passionate about giving the students the tools and space to learn.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2006
Avalon saved my son's academic career. After being lost in the system at a large city highschool, the faculty and staff helped him become a school leader. He went from hating school to loving it. Everyone involved with Avalon gives their heart and soul. Parent involvement is the 'norm' here, and students learn how to help themselves and each other. I can't say enough about this special place.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
Avalon School is a great learning environment for students who are self-motivated. It has a structure that is supportive to the student who can take the initiative for learning. It is also a positive environment for students who benefit from a variety of learning styles and methods for testing learning. It is project-based and can therefore speak to the student's strengths in learning rather than provide a cookie cutter style that expects everyone to fit one mold. There is a very supportive environment--from the teachers to the administrative staff to the parents--which promotes active student involvment in every facet of their education. Lastly, students are encouraged to think beyond their boundaries; to become actively involved in the world and their communities.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
As the parent of a recent graduate, I can say in hindsight that my child continues to read and explore passionately some of the topics and interests that were able to be identified, nurtured and .. well, unleashed ... at Avalon. My child, a creative, independent, self-motivated individual, was stifled at a regimented large high school and clearly found a niche here -- taking ownership of the educational process and learning organizational, research and time-management skills that will continue on through life. Here is a school where uniqueness is valued, not punished or ostracized! It goes without saying that I have the highest regard for the staff, as well.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
I love the school. The staff are very understanding, hard working and dedicated!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
Fantastic environment for individual learning in a school community made up of kids and teachers that love their school and want to be there. Our daughter is able to be involved in projects and activities that she has genuine interest in. The result is a motivated student with a great sense of pride and desire to do her best. Avalon parents are given the opportunity to be very involved in this smaller charter school. I think the Avalon staff and administration do a great job of reaping the benefits of a small school and still taking advantage of the big city opportunity that surrounds it.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
My daughter is currently a senior at Avalon --- having spent her entire high school education there. She herself considers her decison to attend Avalon the best choice she has ever made! I have seen her grow from a shy child into a community leader. She is excited and motivated about learning. She has learned to take responsibility for her own education. The staff are incredible! As a parent, I feel a part of the community. I have served on hiring committees and am part of the parent association. I feel the staff and students are very accessible, respectful and inclusive. I love this school! Although it is going through a transition right now--- adding the Middle School --- and the redefining that entails --- the added stress on the advisors --- This school isn't for everybody -- I think it is for students who love to learn or want to learn to become self motived learners -----

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
Wonderful place for college bound students. Great philosophy! Great teachers! My daughter is succeeding after being lost and disillusioned in our way too large publich schools. There is much individual attention at Avalon and work on bettering student's self-esteem. It's also flexible which has helped my daughter as well. High level of parent involvement. The service learning opportunities also led to my daughter's career choice. Many students go on to college from this school.

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Avalon School
700 Glendale Street, St. Paul, MN  55114
(651) 649-5495
Last modified Avalon School is a Charter school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Avalon School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 124 reviews. Top