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Academic Arts High School

Charter | 8-12 | 66 students

 
 

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Posted September 1, 2014

I pulled my daughter out of Friendly Hills middle school (8th grade) because of bullying. I spent most of that year going to the school to comfort my daughter and to complain with no change. Her first year at AAHS was completely different! She liked going to school, began to get good grades and in fact progressed 3 grade levels in math - her least favorite school. She will be starting her 10th grade year today and is looking forward to going back. This is a small school by design so doesn't offer all the bells and whistles available at Sibley but it does have very dedicated teachers who have the ability to identify and use the learning style that works best for each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

My comments are directed toward Academic Arts - it is not River Heights at this address any more. Academic Arts is not a traditional high school. If you're looking for conventional settings and typical honors classes you should look elsewhere. What it offers is a relaxed, community structure and a project based workload that allows students the ability to tailor their studies according to their own needs and interests while meeting state graduation standards. The staff is eager to help students succeed and honors level work is encouraged. Project based work isn't for everyone and isn't the right fit for some. For others, however, it gives the flexibility to succeed academically where other schools have failed. Some students have social or medical issues that make conventional classrooms a challenge. Others simply like the ability to customize their education to their own interests and career/college plans. Either way, Academic Arts provides the flexibility and guidance necessary for kids to succeed. Project based learning, smaller schools....not for everyone. But for some people they make all the difference in the world. Give it a fair look.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

A truly terrible school. Not even a school. There are a couple teachers that are good, but they are not supplied with the resources or support needed. The director is completely lost and has no knowledge of how to run a school, or a classroom. This school's existence is further proof that charter schools are not the answer to any educational problems our nation has. Project based learning is another way for saying "no learning." Students do not know what they need to learn, and these students seriously need education on how to do research, write, think, and speak. The system they use is out of date, vague, and ineffective. I blame the charter school system, but also the school's director for being such a terrible leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

I have been attending river heights off and on since it started and I love that this school is project based, and independent , because it makes me feel more accomplished with what I have done.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2010

I've been a student here at River Heights Charter School for about 6 months now. I'm very happy with the education I've recived here instead of the mundane tasks you'd perform at a regular school. They really Inspire you to learn here instead of being just one in a crowd. The teachers here help every individual with there own needs. Every single Teacher and Student here are awesome individuals and I'd encorage anyone to come to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2010

River heights is one of the best schools i have ever gone to because if you have a anxiety of to many people this is the right school for you because the class sizes are small and not to many people
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2010

This school is great it is not as rushed as a normal school it is way more layed bakk and the people are great there is hardly any drama and it is a fun and easy enviorment to work in
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2010

I've been going to River Heights for two years now and it had improved greatly since then. Some parents refuse to have their children come to this school because 'they won't get an education.' I will admit that during class time we don't learn as much as a traditional high school, but the project based learning makes up for that and gives you the opportunity to learn things that actually interest you, and will help you with your future carreer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2010

I like this school because it teaches you a lot about self independence and self-responsibility. You can work at your own pace, slower or faster than the average kids from any normal traditional schools so you don't feel so restricted to what they have to teach you. There's a lot of expertise in the field of what we want to learn here. This school showed me that if I put my mind to the test, I will succeed. I've gotten nearly all of my credits to go to PSEO when I entered 11th grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2010

This school lets student get ahead and graduate early, even a good pseo that allows them to get farther ahead. The only thing is that students need high self-motivation to succeed in the sortof do-whatever-you-want enviroment
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2010

I think river heights is a great school and its alot better then ssp high school. They give you more time to work on your school work and they give you help if you dont get something.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2010

This school is ok if you are an independ student that can work hard by your self
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

I love it here at River Heights. The teachers are great and care a great deal about you here. You can always feel free to talk to them. The great thing about this school is that you can do projects about things that interest you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2010

I'm a student here at River Heights and I just want to say that this school is awesome! the teachers are great and with small class sizes you get all the help you need.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2010

the people here are great
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2010

Awesome school. Layed back fun easy learning environment
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2010

I've been a student at River Heights for 3 years now. Every year the school has improved greatly, become very organized and have a more structured school day. Our student body is solid, with more serious students continuing their time at River Heights, and less deciding to leave. As a charter school we're not only a place of education but a community where we learn more practical lessons of life. The students learn to work with the teachers in an environment of having fun as well as getting a great education. A school day consists of individual project time, and structured class time. Because of the small class size, teachers have more time for individual student-focus. The opportunities available at River Heights are outstanding, but to succeed the Student must be self-motivated. -A River Heights PSEO Student
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2009

River Heights had a difficult few years getting started. The student population was very difficult and the teachers had too much to do outside of teaching. The school is making great strides in the right direction. This year, my son is doing so much better, and next year the school will be even more rigerous and academic. I really love that each kid can get to know each of their teachers very well, and this helps kids to grow and work hard!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

River Heights is an amazing school with a much more in depth way at teaching students. It's unlike any other school you've attended, but if you enjoy projects you'll love it here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2008

Constant turnover of staff, directors and students. Little education going on, too many students coming and going.


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 test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 59% in 2010.

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The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

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The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

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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 77% in 2012.

21 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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9%

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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.

12 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
10%
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 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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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

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%
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.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
n/a
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

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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

Reading

All Students31%
Femalen/a
Male20%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English33%
Not migrant33%
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 Students25%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English25%
Not migrant25%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
61%

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2010

 
 
n/a
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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
7%

2010

 
 
n/a
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a
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 Students14%
Female8%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White19%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English14%
Not migrant14%
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 Students9%
Female8%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White13%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English9%
Not migrant9%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 73%
Hispanic 18% 7%
Black 6% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/A37%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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60 East Marie Ave
Suite 220
West St. Paul, MN 55118
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Phone: (651) 457-7427

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