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Twin Cities Academy

Charter | 6-8 | 186 students

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 8 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted January 4, 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.


Posted 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


Posted December 7, 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.


Posted December 7, 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.


Posted December 6, 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!


Posted October 4, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 9, 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


Posted September 8, 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


Posted August 2, 2010

I am a student a TCA and I love the teachers! They are very friendly!


Posted April 24, 2010

Emphasis on personal accountability Uniforms Academic rigor
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 15, 2008

Don't send your child here! Teachers are inexperienced, the principal is unapproachable & rigid.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

53 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2010.

68 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2010.

77 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

67 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students81%
Female83%
Male76%
Black67%
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Economically non-disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students81%
Female81%
Male80%
Black64%
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Economically non-disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
Black60%
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
Female69%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant67%

Reading

All Students64%
Female69%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-migrant64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Female55%
Male58%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Economically non-disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant56%

Reading

All Students56%
Female55%
Male58%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Economically non-disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Non-migrant56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female58%
Male74%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Economically non-disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant64%

Reading

All Students65%
Female64%
Male68%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant65%

Science

All Students51%
Female43%
Male64%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Economically non-disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Non-migrant51%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 74%
Black 9% 9%
Hispanic 9% 7%
Asian 8% 6%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Music
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Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
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  • French
  • Spanish

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  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Liz Wynne
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (651) 205-4799

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • baseball

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Visual arts
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Music
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  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Drama
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  • Yearbook
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