2019-2020 Education Guide

Next August seems a long way off now, but planning for the 2019-20 school year is underway.

A series of deadlines to tour and register for schools dot the calendar in the coming months. The Southwest Journal presents its annual Education Guide to help parents find the school or early childhood education program that best suits their child.

You’ll find information on Minneapolis Public Schools’ school-placement process, as well as listings of preschools, charter schools and private schools in and around Southwest Minneapolis.

Choosing a district school

Minneapolis Public Schools accepts placement requests year round.

Typically, families request a school for their student only when entering a new school or if they intend to switch schools. Not all schools will have space available, so when submitting a request families are encouraged to rank up to two schools for pre-K­­–8 students and three schools for grades 9–12.

Requests can be made online or in-person at Student Placement Services office inside the Davis Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave.

To prepare for the school request process, the district encourages parents to consider what type of learning environment would best suit their child, tour schools and rank their top school choices before submitting a request.

The district is divided into three geographical zones, and each zone is in turn divided into multiple attendance areas. Most pre-K­–8 students will find a seat at the community school in their attendance area. They’ll also have the option to attend a nearby magnet school with a specialized academic focus.

When a student’s top school choice is oversubscribed, or if that student prefers to attend a school other than their community school, the district uses a placement protocol to assign seats.

At the high school level, students who do not choose to attend their community high school still have a variety of options. Some will qualify that student for transportation via a Metro Transit Go-To card, but others will not.

Minneapolis Public Schools enrollment information

*Student Placement Services: studentplacement.mpls.k12.mn.us

*Pre-K-8 School Request Center: schoolrequest.mpls.k12.mn.us (includes information on transportation, attendance areas and frequently asked questions)

*High School Request Center: highschoolrequest.mpls.k12.mn.us (includes information on academic focuses, boundaries and more).

*The district’s schools lottery for 2019-20 opens on Nov. 15, and the school request deadline is midnight on Feb. 8. The lottery runs March 11–15.

* Letters confirming placement are expected to arrive at students’ homes by March 29.

*As part of its 2018 Visit our Schools campaign, the district is asking its K–5 and K–8 buildings to invite their neighborhood communities into the schools at least once this fall. The event and its timing are designed to help families keep MPS schools in the forefront of their thinking as they explore and consider school-choice options for 2019-20. For a schedule of events, go to mpls.k12.mn.us//visit_our_schools_4.



 Academia Elze 

4 W. Franklin Ave.



Ages/Programs: 16 months–5 years/Toddler and preschool dual language immersion

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 29/4.5:1, toddler; 6:1, preschool

Administrator: Karina Elze and Nandi Solórzano

Tuition: $190–$300 per week, CCAP accepted

Berry Patch [Preschool]–Calvary

5300 France Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 18 months–5 years/Play-based morning program with afternoon options and enrichment programs that emphasize love, joy, respect, creativity and fun.

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 300/7:1, 18-month to 2-year-olds; 10:1, ages 3–5

Administrator: Molly Lounsberry Dykstra

Tuition: Fee schedule varies, call or see website for more information

Caring for Children

5835 Lyndale Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–5 years/Non-profit childcare center serving families

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 65/4:1, infants; 7:1, toddlers; 10:1, 3- to 4-year-olds

Administrator: Andrea Patton

Tuition: Call for more information

Casa de Corazón Intercultural Early Learning

3928 Nicollet Ave.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–pre-K/Full-day, year-round bilingual childcare and preschool

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 150/4:1, infants; 7:1, toddlers; 7:1, preschool A; 10:1, preschool B and pre-K

Administrator: Naiya Hernandez

Tuition: Call for more information

Central Care for Children

2025 Nicollet Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–12 years/Professional daycare with a family feel

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 25/4:1, infant; 7:1, toddler; 10:1, preschool

Administrator: Brook Ross

Tuition: $268/week, infant; $225/week, toddler; $201/week, preschool

Child Garden Total Environment Montessori

1601 Laurel Ave.



Ages/Program: 6 weeks–6 years/All day, fulltime programs

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 200/3:1, infants; 5:1, toddlers; 10:1, preschool

Administrator: Rebecca Brown

Tuition: $1,830/month, infants; $1,630/month, toddlers; $1,333/month, preschool

City Child Care Center


2628 Nicollet Ave.

Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–12 years/Somali, Arabic, Oromo and English language lessons; free breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack; two teachers per classroom; free transportation for all students

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 164/4:1, infant; 7:1, toddler; 10:1, preschool; 15:1, school age

Administrator: Ismial Yusuf

Tuition: Call for more information

City of Lakes Waldorf School

2344 Nicollet Ave. S.



Ages/Program: 3–5 and potty trained/Half day or full day, two, three or five days per week with extended day available until 5:30 p.m.; parent/tot classes for children ages 6 mo. – 3 years; Toddler Childcare Program ages 18-36 months (year-round licensed daycare) certified Waldorf programs

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 42/7:1

Administrator: Marti Stewart

Tuition: Preschool starts at $382/month; parent/tot classes are $35/session per 8–10-week sessions, fall, winter, spring. Call for more information.

Community Child Care Center

8 W. 60th St.



Ages/Program: 6 weeks–10 years/Preschool; before- and after-school education for school-age children; enrichment; breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack provided; additional extracurricular activities available

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 125/3:1, infants; 5:1, toddlers; 8:1, preschool; 10:1, school-age children

Administrator: Lynn Hoskins

Tuition: Call for more information.

Edina Morningside Preschool

4201 Morningside Road

952-926-6555 ext. 108


Ages/Programs: 3–5/Half-day (9 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) and extended day (9 a.m.–1p.m.), play-based program focused on social development two to four days per week, Tuesday through Friday.

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 40/8:1

Administrator: Jessie Holly and Destiny Rock

Tuition: $195 for two half days to $325 for four half days; $283 for two extended days to $495 for four extended days. Programs are priced by number of days and by half or extended days. Full and partial scholarships available.

Golden Years Montessori School

4100 W. 42nd St.


No website

Ages/Programs: 4–6/Half day (9 a.m.–noon) and full day (9 a.m.–3 p.m.) before school (7:45 a.m.–9 a.m.) after school (3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 125/10:1

Administrator: Terri Recke and Christine Oberstar

Tuition: $7,600/year for half day; $8,550/year for full day

Grace Neighborhood Nursery School

1430 W. 28th St.



Ages/Program: 33 months–6 years/ Child-centered, play-based curriculum focused on the whole child; Preschool classes two, three or five mornings (9 a.m.–noon) or three afternoons (1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.); Options for Early Risers (8 a.m.–9 a.m.); Lunch Bunch (noon–2 p.m.); enrichment and extended day (Monday, noon–2:30 p.m. and Friday, noon–3 p.m.). Eclectic model drawing from Reggio, Montessori, Waldorf and High Scope. Bus service offered in a three-mile radius.

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 100/10:1 or less

Administrator: Barb Murphy

Tuition: $206, two-day; $346, three-day; $552, five-day. Additional cost for bus service, extended day and enrichment class.

Grandma’s House Children’s Center 

625 W. 31st St.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–10 years/Group family daycare located on first floor of Redeemer Health & Rehab, featuring intergenerational activities with senior residents.

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 14/infants, 3:1; toddlers, 4:1; preschool and school-age 6:1

Administrator: Elissa Rislov

Tuition: Infants and toddlers $1,433/month; preschool $1,260/month

Joyce Bilingual Preschool

3400 Park Ave.



Ages/programs: 3–5/Bilingual Spanish and English preschool, plus Family Fridays, an optional multicultural parent-child class each Friday. Morning and afternoon part-time programs two or four days/week at Park Avenue and Windom sites. New full-time preschool program at Joyce-Hiawatha site, 1611 E. 46th St. for ages 3–5. Joyce parents shape our community through our Comité de Padres en Liderazgo (Parent Leadership Committee), and support each other as part of our monthly Asociación de Padres de Familia. August Spanish-immersion camp sessions for children 3–8.

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 115/8:1 or 9:1 with additional support staff

Administrator: Laura Tompkins

Tuition: Part-time tuition is $225 per month for two days and $450 per month for four days. Full-time program tuition is $1,120 per month. Eligible site for Pathways scholarships (4-star Parent Aware rating).

Judson Preschool

4101 Harriet Ave.



Ages/Programs: 2 years, 9 months–5 years/Play-based preschool. Non-sectarian educational philosophy. Judson Preschool is dedicated to bringing together children and early childhood educators in an environment of self-growth, achieved through socialization and spontaneous learning. School year is September–May.

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 112, Tue–Thu; 26, Fri/10:1

Administrator: Kelly Hollis

Tuition: Mornings (9 a.m.–11:45 a.m.) are $285/month and afternoons (12:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.) are $265/month for Tue–Wed. Add Fridays (9 a.m.–1 p.m.) for $700 per year.

(CORRECTION: This listing has been updated since it was originally posted to reflect the current morning hours and tuition rates.)

KinderCare Learning Center

3708 W. 44th St.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–6 years/Programs for infants, toddlers, preschool and pre-K

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: Capacity for 24/4:1, infants; 21/7:1, toddlers; 20/10:1, preschool; 20/10:1 pre-K

Administrator: Amanda Korolchuk

Tuition: Call for more information

Kinderstube German Immersion Preschool c/o Mayflower Church

106 E. Diamond Lake Rd.



Ages/Programs: 3–5 years/German immersion preschool, half-day and full-day options

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 40/7:1

Administrator: Babett Larimer, director

Tuition: Varies 

Kumi’s House of Children

3450 Irving Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 16 months–5 years/Montessori preschool

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 27/10:2, toddlers; 17:2, preschoolers

Administrator: Kumi Gunasekera

Tuition: $300–$1,000 depending on age and schedule

Lake Area Discovery Center at Annunciation Catholic School

525 W. 54th St.



Ages/Programs: 3–5 years/Non-profit Christian-based early childhood program staffed by licensed teachers; part- and full-time schedules available; summer program begins in June

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 88/10:1

Administrator: Janet Miller, executive director

Tuition: Call for more information

Lake Harriet Christian Child Care Center

5009 Beard Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–6 years/Full-day childcare and education

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 55/3:1, infant; 5:1, toddler; 9:1, preschooler

Administrator: Meredith LaCount

Tuition: Infants $343.40/week; toddlers $311.13/week; preschool $265.23/week. Tuition includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, as well as all field trips.

Lake Harriet Montessori School

4501 Colfax Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 33 months–6 years/Traditional Montessori, hands-on learning

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 42/5:1

Administrator: Gay Luise

Tuition: $235/week full-time

Lake Harriet United Methodist Preschool

4901 Chowen Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 3–entering K/ 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m., 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; enrichment programs available

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 50/10:1

Administrator: Andrea Wright

Tuition: Call for more information

Linden Hills Child Care Center 

4201 Sheridan Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–5 years/Full or half day, five days per week

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 81/12:3, infants; 7:1, toddlers; 10:1,

preschoolers; 9:2, pre-K

Administrator: Robin Anderson

Tuition: Call for more information

Mayflower Early Childhood Center — Montessori Learning Environments

106 E. Diamond Lake Road



Ages/Programs: 16 months–6 years/Toddler Community; Children’s House; Before and After Care; Summer Program

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 95/7:1; 10:1 child care

Administrator: Stephanie Melander

Tuition: $645–$1,175, depending on program and hours. Tuition assistance available. We are dedicated to economic diversity, currently offering $190,000 in financial aid based on need

Mount Olivet Preschool

5025 Knox Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 3–5/Christian preschool

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 100/7:1

Administrator: Linda Healy

Tuition: $220/month (two days/week); $275/month (three days/week); Rates subject to change for 2019-20

New Horizon Academy — Uptown

2431 Hennepin Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–fourth grade/Learning programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, pre-kindergartners and school-aged kids; summer camps also available

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: Enrollment varies/4:1 infants; 6:1 toddlers; 10:1 preschool; 15:1 school-aged kids

Administrator: Precious Johnson

Tuition: Call for rates

New Horizon Academy — Lake Street

105 W. Lake St.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–fourth grade/Learning programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, pre-kindergartners and school-aged kids; summer camps also available

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: Enrollment varies/4:1 infants; 6:1 toddlers; 10:1 preschool; 15:1 school-aged kids

Administrator: Melanie Westlin

Tuition: Call for rates

Southwest KinderCare

3708 W. 44th St.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks – 6 years/Part-time and full-time programs designed for learning through play

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 87/4:1, infant; 7:1, toddler; 10:1, preschool and pre-K

Administrator: Amanda Korolchuk, center director

Tuition: Call for more information

Southwest Montessori School

5000 Washburn Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 3–6/Montessori pre-school, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten; before- and after-school child care

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 25/8:1

Administrator: Heather Ollila

Tuition: Varies according to schedule; call or email [email protected] for information

St. John’s Child Care Center

4842 Nicollet Ave. S.



Ages/Programs:16 months–fourth grade/Preschool, day care and after-school programming

Child-to-staff ratio: 7:1 toddler; 10:1 preschool; 15:1 school-age

Administrator: Tina Shear

Tuition: $20/day for after-school care; Preschool is $240/month for three days per week and $215/month for two days per week; $292/week for toddlers; Preschool child care is $255/week for five days a week full-time

St. Peter’s Edina Early Childhood Center

5421 France Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks–5 years/Infants, waddlers (12-16 months), toddlers, early preschool, preschool, pre-kindergarten and High-5. Full-time care with education component

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 4:1 infants and waddlers; 7:1 toddlers and early preschool; 10:1 preschool, pre-kindergarten and High-5

Administrator: Tosca Grimm

Tuition: Call for more information

Sunshine Montessori School

4557 Colfax Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 16 months–6 years/Toddler House (16 months–38 months); Children’s House (33 months–6 years); before and after care; summer program

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 54/ 1:5 toddlers; 1:8 preschool

Administrator: Alanna Nelson

Tuition: Rates vary by age; visit sunshinemontessori.net/tuition for more information

Tayo Child Care Inc

312 W. Lake St., Suite 2931


Ages/Programs: Infant through kindergarten/Part-time, full-time and after-school programs.

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 45/varies by age

Administrator: Brenda Felizarte

Tuition: Varies by age and length of school day

Temple Israel Early Childhood Center

2323 Fremont Ave. S.



Ages/Programs: 16 months–5 years/ Two-, three- and five-day programs; early and afternoon care. Open until 6 p.m. Starts accepting applications in January for the following year.

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 107/6:1, toddler; 8:1, preschool

Administrator: Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl

Tuition: Pricing available on the website

Tierra Encantada – Windom 

5750 Wentworth Ave.



Ages/Programs: 6 weeks – 5 years/Spanish immersion

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 210/range 3:1 to 10:1, depending on age

Administrator: Alba Segura, center director

Tuition: Varies depending on age and schedule. Email [email protected] for tuition rate sheet.

Whittier Wildflowers Preschool

2608 Blaisdell Ave.



Ages/Programs: Morning preschool for 2–5/9:00 a.m.–noon, 1-5 days/week. Optional lunch bunch (noon–1 pm.).

Enrollment/Child-to-staff ratio: 12 toddlers/1:6 or less; 15 preschool and 15 pre-K/1:7 or less

Administrator: Ann Hotz, director

Tuition: Fair-share model based on family size and incomes


Academy of Holy Angels

6600 Nicollet Ave. S., Richfield



Grades/Program: 9–12

Enrollment/Average class size: 650/22

Administrators: Thomas Shipley, president; Heidi Foley, principal; Mark Melhorn, assistant principal/activities director

Tuition and Fees: Call or visit website

Tours/Open houses: Call admissions to schedule a tour. Open house from 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 (starts with activities fair).

School day: 7:50 a.m.–2:40 p.m.

Annunciation Catholic School

525 W. 54th St.



Grades/Program: Pre-K–8 (see also early childhood listing for Lake Area Discovery Center at Annunciation Catholic School)

Enrollment/Average class size: 430/20 (K-8)

Principal: Jennifer Cassidy

Tuition: $5,200 (Parish Investment Rate); $6,790 (Standard Rate); family discounts and financial aid available

Tours/Open house: Call the school office to arrange a tour. Preview night Oct. 25.

School day: 8 a.m.–2:45 p.m. (K–8)

Extended day: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s

2501 Highway 100, St. Louis Park



Grades/Program: 7–12

Enrollment/Average class size: 1,166/23 (junior high) 21 (senior high)

Administrators: Adam Ehrmantraut, president; Susan Skinner, senior high principal; Claire Shea, junior high principal.

Tuition and Fees: Junior High: $12,635; Senior High: $14,470; International Students: $19,740; Technology Fee: $400; Registration Fee: $200; Graduation Fee: $150 (applied only to graduating seniors). Information reflects the tuition for the current school year.

Priority application deadline: Jan. 18

Tours/Open houses: Open houses: Oct. 15 (6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.), Jan. 7 (6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.), March 14 (8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.), May 2 (8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.). Learn more about visiting at bsmschool.org/admissions/visiting-campus

School day: 8 a.m.–2:40 p.m.

The Blake School

110 Blake Road S., Hopkins (Blake Campus — lower and middle school); 301 Peavey Lane, Wayzata (Highcroft Campus — lower school); 511 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis (Northrop Campus — upper school)



Ages/Program: Pre-K–12

Enrollment/Average class size: 1,368/16

Administrator: Anne Stavney, head of school

Tuition: Go to website for more information

Tours/Admission events: Call to schedule a tour. Admissions events: Blake Campus: 9 a.m.–noon, Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. Jan. 17; Highcroft Campus: 9 a.m.–noon Nov. 3, 5:30–7 p.m. Jan. 15; Northrop Campus: 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Nov. 3, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Admissions events also scheduled throughout October at local libraries (more info at blakeschool.org)

School day: Varies by division

Extended day: Available, call for more information


123 Ottawa Ave. N., Golden Valley



Grades: Preschool–grade 12 — all on one campus

Enrollment/Average class size: 1,150/16 (lower school), 16–18 (grades 5–12)

Administrators: Dr. Natalia Rico Hernández, head of school; Peg Bailey, lower school director; Sky Fauver, middle school director; Thomas Taylor, upper school director

Tuition and Fees (2018-19): $20,200, half-day preschool; $26,225 full-day preschool; $26,455 3/2 kindergarten program; $27,125 full-day kindergarten; $29,570 grades 1–4; $30,630 grades 5–8; $30,965 grades 9–11; $31,105 grade 12. Need-based financial aid available

Application deadline: Feb. 1 (Feb. 15 for financial aid)

Tours/Open houses: For individual tours or more information, call the admissions office (763-381-8200)/Open houses: 9 a.m.–noon Nov. 10, 5:30–8 p.m. Jan. 16; Parent/Students Spend a Morning at Breck from 9:30–11 a.m. Oct. 11; preschool–grade 12 curriculum information session from 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Dec. 4; financial aid workshops 11 a.m.–noon Dec. 8 and Jan. 12

School day: 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m. After-school care and door-to-door busing available.

Avail Academy — Edina Campus

(Formerly Calvin Christian School)

4015 Inglewood Ave. S., Edina



Grades/Program: K–8

Enrollment/average class size: 150/17

Principal: Steve Groen

Tuition: $7,450, three-day kindergarten; $8,950, four/five-day kindergarten; $9,995 grades 1–5; $10,200, grades 6-8; $750 building and debt fee per family; financial aid available

Tours/Open house: Call for a tour

School day: 8:50 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Extended day: Before- and after-school care available on Thursday and Friday mornings beginning at 7:15 a.m. The after-school program runs until 5:30 p.m.

Partners with Lake Area Discovery Center for preschool

City of Lakes Waldorf School

2344 Nicollet Ave. S.



Grades: Toddler, pre-K/K–8

Enrollment/Average class size: 285/20 (kindergarten); 24 (grades 1–8)

Administrator: Marti Stewart

Tuition: Rates vary for preschool, kindergarten, grades 1–5 and grades 6–8; email the admissions office at [email protected] to request a tuition schedule or make inquiries about the tuition-assistance program

Application period: Nov. 1–Feb. 1; tuition-assistance applications due Feb. 15

Tours/Open Houses: Individual and group tours available daily (email the admissions office or visit clws.org/schedule-a-tour)

Extended day Pre-K-grade 8: Available 3 p.m.–5:30 p.m. ($8.50/hour); before care (grades K–8) 7:30 a.m. ($5/day)

School day: 8:30 a.m.–12:15/1:00 p.m. (Pre-K/kindergarten), with optional afternoons until 3 p.m.; 8:30 a.m.–3:20 p.m. (grades 1–8)

Carondelet Catholic School

2900 W. 44th St. (Lower Campus — pre-K–grade 2); 3210 W. 51st St. (Upper Campus — grades 3–8)

920-9075 (Lower Campus); 927-8673 (Upper Campus)


Grades: Pre-K–8

Enrollment/Average class size: 400/20

Principal: Sue Kerr

Tuition (2018-19): Ranges from $4,820 for half-day kindergarten to $7,350 for full-day kindergarten­–grade 8. Discounted rate available for parishioners of Christ the King and St. Thomas the Apostle. School will give multi-student discount to parents of two or more children enrolled, with the discount increasing per child. Financial aid is available to eligible families, with priority given to active members of the parishes of Christ the King of St. Thomas the Apostle. Visit carondeletcatholicschool.com/tuition-financial-aid for more information.

Application deadline: Jan. 18

Tours/Open house: Contact the school anytime for a personal tour/Open house Nov. 8 at the Lower Campus

School day: 9:20 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (half-day kindergarten); 9:20 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (Lower Campus); 9:10 a.m.–3:55 p.m. (Upper Campus). Before- and after-school care available to registered Carondelet students in K–5 (located on the Lower Campus)

DeLaSalle High School

1 DeLaSalle Drive



Grades: 9–12

Enrollment/Average class size: 750/22

Administrators: Barry Lieske, president; James Benson, principal

Tuition and fees (2018-19): Visit delasalle.com/about/business-office/tuition-financial-aid for more info

Application deadline: Feb. 15 for ninth-grade admission; financial-aid applications due Feb. 25

Tours/Open houses: Contact the Office of Admission at 676-7679 to schedule a personal tour. Open house scheduled from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Oct. 29 and Jan. 16

School day: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Hennepin Elementary School (charter)

2123 Clinton Ave. S.



Grades: K-4

Enrollment/Average class size: 338/25

Administrator: Mahrous Kandil, elementary school director

Tours/Open houses: Call to schedule a tour

School day: 8:45 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Extended day: None.

Lake Country School (Montessori)

3755 Pleasant Ave. S.



Grades: Preschool–8. Children’s House (ages 3–6); elementary (grades 1–6); junior high (grades 7–8)

Enrollment/Average class size: 300/28

Principal: Paulette Zoe

Tuition (2018-19): Ranges from $9,840 (half-day children’s house) to $17,760 (junior high). $125 yearly community fee. Tuition assistance available (information at lakecountryschool.org/tuition-assistance)

Application deadline: Feb. 1

Tours/Open Houses: Lake Country hosts visits for parents, without their children, from 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. on Tuesdays (sign up at lakecountryschool.org/request-an-observation). Admissions information night scheduled for Nov. 1 from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. at the school

School Day: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Younger is half day — noon

Extended day programs available for students of all ages (information at lakecountryschool.org/extended)

Minnehaha Academy

1345 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, 55120 (Upper Campus — grades 9–12); 4200 W. River Parkway (Lower & Middle School — Pre-K–grade 8)

729-8321 (Upper Campus); 721-3359 (Lower & Middle School)


Grades/Program: Pre-K–12

Enrollment/Average class size: Varies depending on grade and class

Administrators: Donna Harris, president; Jason Wenschlag, Upper School principal; Karen Balmer, Lower & Middle School principal

Applications deadline: The school will accept applications until openings in each grade level are filled; financial aid application priority deadline is Feb. 15

Tours/Open houses: Call the office of admission at 728-7722 or email the office at [email protected] to schedule a tour. Tours can also be scheduled online at info.minnehahaacademy.net/personal-tour-request. Lower & Middle School Open House: Oct. 25 and Jan. 24 at 6:45 p.m.; Upper School Open House: Oct. 22 and Jan. 28 at 6:45 p.m. More information can be found at minnehahaacademy.net/admissions/visitcampus

School day: Upper School: 8:15 a.m.–2:35 p.m.; Lower and Middle School: 8:40 a.m.–3:10 p.m.

Pilgrim Lutheran School

3901 1st Ave. S.



Grades/Programs: Pre-K–8/Small Christian school; all-day preschool; Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association accredited; Minnesota Independent School Forum member

Enrollment/Average class size: 88/15

Principal: Michelle Cambrice

Tuition: $4,000; financial aid available

Tours: Call for more information

Extended day: None

School Day: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Stonebridge World School (charter)

4530 Lyndale Ave. S.



Ages/Program: K–7; Global and arts focus; hallmarks of the school include small class sizes, full-day Kindergarten, extended school day, art, technology and gym

Enrollment/Average class size: 250/16–20 for K–5, 25–35 grades 6 and 7

Principal: Barbara Novy, executive director

Tours: Call to schedule a tour and ask for Shannon Lawler

School day: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Extended day: Free before-school drop-off program starts at 7:15 a.m.

— Guide compiled by Dylan Thomas, Eric Best, Michelle Bruch and Nate Gotlieb