Our community’s proven and 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

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

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


2018-2019 proven and promising schools

Acorn Montessori School Lirio Montessori School
Ascension Catholic School Lyndale Community School
Aurora Middle School Marcy Open School
Barton Open School Minnesota International Middle School
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School New City School
Dowling School New Millennium Academy
Fair Senior High Nompeng Academy
Friendship Academy of the Arts Northeast College Prep
Global Academy Patrick Henry High School
Green Central Park Community School Pillsbury Community School
Hennepin Elementary School Pratt Community School
Hennepin Middle School Prodeo Academy
Hiawatha College Prep – Kingfield Prodeo Academy St. Paul
Hiawatha College Prep – Northrop Risen Christ Catholic School
Hiawatha Collegiate High School Sanford Middle School
Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Morris Park South High School
Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop Southside Family Charter School
Hope Academy St. Helena Catholic School
Justice Page Middle School St. John Paul II Catholic Prep School
KIPP Legacy Academy Twin Cities International Elementary School
KIPP North Star Academy Ubah Medical Academy
KIPP North Star Primary Universal Academy Charter School
Lake Nokomis Community – Keewaydin Campus Waite Park Community School
Lake Nokomis Community – Wenonah Campus