Proven & promising schools

We prioritize our funding and support for schools that serve low-income communities and are demonstrating success or are well-positioned to do so

Eligibility criteria

Schools are eligible to be considered for investment if they serve a student population that’s greater than 40% FRL and have met one of the following criteria for two of the last three years:

  1. Outperformed the Minneapolis district average on MCA proficiency (elementary and middle schools)
  2. Achieved greater than expected growth with their students or are beating the district average in progress toward proficiency (elementary and middle schools)
  3. Shown they have achieved college readiness scores of greater than 21 on the ACT (high schools)
  4. Beat the district average for percent of students attending and graduating college (high schools)
  5. Provided evidence on measures other than the MCA, ACT and/or college persistence that they are on the right track toward closing the opportunity gap

Click here to see specifics regarding how schools are identified as proven and promising. If you’d like to join this list of schools eligible for our support, please email and we can discuss with you a process for inclusion.

2018-2019 proven & promising schools

Acorn Montessori School
Ascension Catholic School
Aurora Middle School
Barton Open School
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Dowling School
Fair Senior High
Friendship Academy of the Arts
Global Academy
Green Central Park Community School
Hennepin Elementary School
Hennepin Middle School
Hiawatha College Prep – Kingfield
Hiawatha College Prep – Northrop
Hiawatha Collegiate High School
Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Morris Park
Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop
Hope Academy
Justice Page Middle School
KIPP Legacy Academy
KIPP North Star Academy
KIPP North Star Primary
Lake Nokomis Community – Keewaydin Campus
Lake Nokomis Community – Wenonah Campus

Lirio Montessori School
Lyndale Community School
Marcy Open School
Minnesota International Middle School
New City School
New Millennium Academy
Nompeng Academy
Northeast College Prep
Patrick Henry High School
Pillsbury Community School
Pratt Community School
Prodeo Academy
Prodeo Academy St. Paul
Risen Christ Catholic School
Sanford Middle School
South High School
Southside Family Charter School
St. Helena Catholic School
St. John Paul II Catholic Prep School
Twin Cities International Elementary School
Ubah Medical Academy
Universal Academy Charter School
Waite Park Community School