Choosing great schools in a great city

We are so fortunate to live in a city that strongly values public education. The Minneapolis Public School district works to educate and care for the whole child. We work hard to make every school a great school. That means every classroom has an effective teacher, every school has a strong principal and every staff member shares the same high expectations for all students.

The heart of our work is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential. This work must begin early in a child’s life and continue during each chapter of that child’s education as he or she continues to grow. Investing in your child’s academic progress now will provide a greater return later in his or her education, career and life.

At MPS, we will do whatever it takes to make sure that our students receive a high quality education. Every Minneapolis public school promises:

An academic foundation that prepares students for high school, college, career and life;

Meaningful experiences learning with people of diverse races, faiths and cultures; and

Opportunities to thrive in a local school and learn with a global perspective.

Here are just are few of the reasons why we are so proud of our schools:

The most authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programmes of any mid-to-large school district in the country;

Popular magnet programs in addition to our community schools. Every family has an option to select the school that best meets its needs;

Elective courses in many languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Dakota, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe and Spanish;

A wide range of special education programs and services, helping students with unique challenges;

College and Career Centers in every high school with services flexible enough to meet a wide range of student needs and schedules;

A variety of musical opportunities including choir, band and strings;

Classroom arts integration through the Arts for Academic Achievement (AAA) program.

Call or visit Student Placement Services or the New Families Center if you need additional assistance. Our school staff members are happy to meet with families and schedule tours at our schools. School tours serve as a great opportunity to find the school that best fits your child’s needs.

We share in your enthusiasm for your child’s education and we are eager to help you find the right school for your child. Thank you for considering the Minneapolis Public Schools.

Bernadeia H. Johnson is Superintendent of Schools for Minneapolis Public Schools.