Varying in size, affiliation, and speciality, Minnesota's private schools will prepare your child for college through their well-rounded curricula.
Private schools, whether or not religiously affiliated, prepare Twin Cities students for college and are a great alternative to public school.
There are 631 private schools throughout the state of Minnesota that enroll nearly 100,000 students. These schools vary in size and student population—some enroll more than 1,000 students. In the Twin Cities metro alone, private schools serve more than 30,000 students at 144 campuses. Private schools exercise the freedom to design their own curriculum independent from government regulations, meaning they are able to customize programming to the needs of their students. On average, Minnesota private schools have an incredibly high acceptance rate—92 percent, which is 7 percent higher than the national average. Additionally, the average student to teacher ratio is a low 12:1, meaning getting extra help and guidance is easy.
The majority of the private schools in our area are affiliated with Catholicism and other Christian denominations. Two popular Catholic private schools are Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Minneapolis, which serves upwards of 1,000 students grades seven through 12, and St. Paul’s Cretin-Derham Hall, the largest private Catholic school in the state and the alma mater of Minnesota Twins catcher and first baseman Joe Mauer. Serving students for nearly a century is Christian-affiliated Minnehaha Academy. Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove and Bethany Academy in Bloomington are among many other local schools that offer private, religiously influenced education. Over in Mendota Heights, Convent of the Visitation offers co-ed education through elementary school, and then becomes an all-girls school from middle school through high school to empower young woman through opportunities in their STEM center, ballet studio, theater, art suite, outdoor classroom, athletics and more.
In the capital city, St. Paul Academy and Summit School formed in 1969 when St. Paul Academy for boys and St. Paul Summit for girls merged. Enrolling nearly 1,000 students from kindergarten through grade 12, the school is a non-demonational, coeducational option for families. With average class sizes of 15, the school prides itself on its growing diversity, and offers a challenging academic program that inspires students to achieve excellence at every grade level.
For a nonsectarian private school experience, consider The Blake School. Named by Niche as the No. 1 private high school in Minnesota in 2017, Blake is an independent, coeducational, preK through grade 12 school that has three campuses throughout the Twin Cities: Hopkins (preK through 8), Minneapolis (9 through 12) and Wayzata (preK through 5). The school enrolls 1,375 students from about 55 Twin Cities neighborhoods. And average class sizes are only 16, promoting Blake’s dedication to collaborative learning.
Another leader among private schools in the Twin Cities is Breck School in Golden Valley. A number of students enrolled at Breck come from a variety of faith traditions, though the school is technically affiliated with the Episcopal church. This diversity exposes students to those with different backgrounds, supplementing their academic learning with life lessons. Breck teaches around 1,100 students in preK through grade 12 on one campus, emphasizing an intersection of academics, arts, athletics and spirituality.
There are also many exciting options for students with special interests and talents. The International School of Minnesota in Eden Prairie is a place where students get a chance to broaden their horizons. The school prepares its preK through grade 12 students to become global citizens, equipping them for the highly connected world in which we live. The faculty and student body have international backgrounds, representing more than 40 countries and 30 languages.
Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins and the Saint Paul Conservatory offer curricula focused on a well-rounded education with a focus on the arts. Additionally, Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley teaches a two-year arts program and prepares students for careers in performance and visual arts.
Nonpublic schools also offer students alternatives. The state government and public school system use the term “nonpublic” to refer to all kindergarten through grade 12 schools outside the public school system, including home schools. The Waldorf Schools, located throughout the Twin Cities, promote an integration of arts and education to inspire a love of art, movement, music and learning in their preK through eighth grade students.
VISIT TWIN CITIES FEATURED PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Minnehaha Academy is a Pre-K through grade 12 private school in Minneapolis, with a mission to provide high quality education integrating Christian faith and learning through an innovative curriculum.read more
Founded in 1885, we provide an exceptional educational experience for young men in grades 6-12. An Academy education emphasizes academic preparation, servant leadership, character development, and personal responsibility.read more
Calvin Christian School serves 425 students at K-8 campuses in Edina and Blaine and a high school campus in Fridley. Since 1961, the school has partnered with Christian parents to provide excellent education infused with a biblical worldview.read more
TWIN CITIES AREA PRIVATE SCHOOLS
School Religous Affiliation Grades Student Population Student:Teacher Ratio City Academy of Holy Angels Roman Catholic 9-12 670 12.3 Richfield All Saints Catholic School Roman Catholic K-8 350 25 Lakeville Amos & Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School Jewish K-8 230 7 St. Louis Park Annunciation Elementary School Roman Catholic preK-8 372 N/A Minneapolis Ave Maria Academy Roman Catholic preK-8 173 11.2 Maple Grove Benilde-St. Margaret’s School Roman Catholic 7-12 1,166 14 St. Louis Park Bethany Academy Christian K-12 241 11.1 Bloomington The Blake School Nonsectarian preK-5 (Lower) 6-8 (Middle) 9-12 (Upper) 1,405 9.8 Hopkins (preK-5, 6-8) Wayzata (preK-5) Minneapolis (9-12) Blessed Trinity Catholic School Roman Catholic Penn (preK-3) Nicollet (4-8) 278 15.1 Richfield Breck School Episcopalian preK-12 1,131 10.1 Golden Valley Calvin Christian Schools (Blaine, Edina, Fridley) Christian K-12 221,169, 58 14.9,12.2, 10.4 Blaine (K-8) Edina (K-8) Fridley (9-12) Carondelet Catholic School Roman Catholic K-8 441 14.5 Minneapolis Chapel Hill Academy Christian K-8 333 13.6 Chanhassen Christian Life Academy Assembly of God preK-12 204 11.4 Farmington City of Lakes Waldorf School Nonsectarian preK-8 247 11.5 Minneapolis Concordia Academy Lutheran/ Missouri Synod 9-12 265 17.1 Roseville Convent of the Visitation School Roman Catholic preK-12 607 10.2 Mendota Heights Cretin-Derham Hall Roman Catholic 9-12 1,215 15.1 St. Paul Crown Christian School Lutheran/ Missouri Synod preK-8 41 9.7 St. Francis DeLaSalle Roman Catholic 9-12 750 18.6 Minneapolis Epiphany School Roman Catholic preK-8 440 12.9 Coon Rapids Faithful Shepherd Catholic School Roman Catholic K-8 501 14 Eagan French Academy of Minnesota Nonsectarian preK-5 81 11.8 St. Louis Park Fourth Baptist Christian School Baptist preK-12 204 12.4 Plymouth Good Shepherd Lutheran School Lutheran Synod/ Wisconsin Evangelical preK-8 117 16 Burnsville Good Shepherd School Roman Catholic K-6 329 17.7 Golden Valley Groves Academy Nonsectarian 2-12 260 6.1 St. Louis Park Heritage Christian Academy Lutheran preK-12 431 12.1 Maple Grove Highland Catholic School Roman Catholic preK-8 508 16.2 St. Paul Hill-Murray School Roman Catholic 7-12 711 16.7 St. Paul Holy Family Catholic High School Roman Catholic 9-12 480 14.2 Victoria Holy Name of Jesus School Lutheran/Missouri Synod preK-8 127 13.4 Roseville Liberty Classical Academy Christian preK-12 240 12.1 White Bear Lake Maranatha Christian Academy Christian preK-12 636 13.3 Brooklyn Park Maternity of Mary–St. Andrew School Roman Catholic preK-8 173 12.1 St. Paul Minnehaha Academy Christian preK-8 (L/M) 9-12 (Upper) 857 10.7 Minneapolis Minnesota Waldorf School Nonsectarian preK-8 183 11.2 St. Paul Mounds Park Academy Nonsectarian preK-12 488 7.8 St. Paul Nativity of Mary School Roman Catholic preK-8 333 15.7 Bloomington Nativity of Our Lord School Roman Catholic K-8 788 17.7 St. Paul New Life Academy Christian preK-12 719 12.7 Woodbury North Heights Christian Academy Christian K-8 221 16 Roseville Our Lady of Grace School Roman Catholic K-8 660 N/A Edina Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School Roman Catholic preK-8 214 12.2 Maplewood Providence Academy Roman Catholic preK-12 868 12.8 Plymouth Redeemer Christian Academy Christian preK-8 90 7.8 Wayzata Saint Agnes School Roman Catholic K-12 753 17 St. Paul Shakopee Area Catholic School Roman Catholic preK-8 830 15.5 Shakopee Shattuck-St. Mary’s School Episcopalian 6-12 436 6.9 Faribault Southwest Christian High School Christian 9-12 218 12.4 Chaska St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School Roman Catholic K-8 595 12.8 Woodbury St. Croix Lutheran Middle School & High School Lutheran Synod/ Wisconsin Evangelical 6-12 498 14.6 West St. Paul St. Francis Christian School Baptist K-12 54 5.8 St. Francis St. Hubert Catholic School Roman Catholic preK-8 674 16.5 Chanhassen St. John The Baptist Catholic School Roman Catholic preK-8 560 14.5 Savage St. John’s Preparatory School Roman Catholic 6-12 295 9.3 Collegeville St. Joseph’s School Roman Catholic preK-8 480 14 West. St Paul St. Marks School Roman Catholic preK-8 256 14.4 St. Paul St. Michael Catholic School Roman Catholic preK-8 475 20 Prior Lake St. Odilia Parish School Roman Catholic preK-8 535 16.5 Shoreview St. Paul Academy and Summit School Nonsectarian K-12 899 9 St. Paul St. Paul Preparatory Nonsectarian 9-12 221 10 St. Paul St. Peter Catholic Roman Catholic preK-8 237 14.1 North St. Paul St. Peter Claver School Roman Catholic K-8 124 15.5 St. Paul St. Rose of Lima Elementary School Roman Catholic preK-8 172 10.1 Roseville St. Stephen School Roman Catholic preK-8 400 26.1 Anoka St. Thomas Academy Roman Catholic 7-12 674 11.1 Mendota Heights St. Thomas More Roman Catholic preK-8 311 9.9 St. Paul St. Vincent De Paul School Roman Catholic preK-8 450 N/A Brooklyn Park Totino-Grace High School Roman Catholic 9-12 797 15.9 Fridley Transfiguration Elementary Roman Catholic K-8 305 13.5 Oakdale Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran School Lutheran/Missouri Synod preK-8 142 11.6 Eagan Trinity Lutheran School Lutheran/ Missouri Synod preK-8 94 12.4 St. Francis Trinity School at River Ridge Christian 7-12 280 8.7 Eagan Visitation School Roman Catholic preK-12 607 10.2 Mendota Heights
The data for this chart comes from the schools that responded to the 2013-2014 Private School Universe Survey (PSS)
conducted by the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics.
Compiled list is not a complete list of all area private schools. Some data verified via phone and website as indicated.