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Twin Cities Academy High School

Charter | 9-12 | 250 students

We are best known for small class size, college prep.

 

Living in St. Paul

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $104,100. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

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4 stars

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Posted September 26, 2013

My daughter is attending TCA for the first time this year and she loves it. She likes the academic rigor and the small class and attention that she gets here compared to her old school, which was tool large and it doesn't focus on college success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2010

My daughter attended this school for all 4 years of high school and loved it. The curriculum is demanding, but classes are small, students get individual attention, and the teachers are energetic and dedicated. They build leadership and community service opportunities into the curriculum. Several college admission counselors mentioned this as one of the contributing factors to the scholarships she was offered. I recommend this school to any student that is willing to work to achieve success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

I have been a student at TCA/TCAHS for 5 years, and i love it! The teachers are young and funny, and you will have a great time if you do your work and study hard. however, this is not a school for slackers. if sports are more important to you than academics do not come to this school! the principal is quite intimidating if you misbehave, but if you do your work and stay on task you won't get on her bad side.
—Submitted by a student


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.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. 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 66% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students89%
Female91%
Male85%
Black100%
Asian80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. 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 Students68%
Female80%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. 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

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

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 52% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
69%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

51 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
69%
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

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%
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

Reading

All Students66%
Female58%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant67%
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

Science

All Students71%
Female74%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant72%
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 Students47%
Female60%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Not migrant47%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 73%
Hispanic 15% 7%
Black 13% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 6%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A37%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Cantonese)
French
Japanese
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Japanese

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 9:05 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 4:15 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 8:15 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Betsy Lueth
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (651) 205-4799

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • French
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Japanese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • None
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Great River
  • St. Paul Academy
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • ultimate frisbee, dance, bike
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • ultimate frisbee, dance

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
80
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
200

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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835 East 5th St
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Phone: (651) 205-4797

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