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PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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.

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

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.

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Saint Thomas Academy

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.

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Calvin Christian School

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.

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Visitation School

Visitation School offers a unique and loving educational opportunity to children as young as 6 weeks through twelfth grade.

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TWIN CITIES AREA PRIVATE SCHOOLS

SchoolReligous AffiliationGradesStudent PopulationStudent:Teacher RatioCity
Academy of Holy AngelsRoman Catholic9-1267012.3Richfield
All Saints Catholic SchoolRoman CatholicK-835025Lakeville
Amos & Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day SchoolJewishK-82307St. Louis Park
Annunciation Elementary SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-8372N/AMinneapolis
Ave Maria AcademyRoman CatholicpreK-817311.2Maple Grove
Benilde-St. Margaret’s SchoolRoman Catholic7-121,16614St. Louis Park
Bethany AcademyChristianK-1224111.1Bloomington
The Blake SchoolNonsectarianpreK-5 (Lower) 6-8 (Middle) 9-12 (Upper)1,4059.8Hopkins (preK-5, 6-8) Wayzata (preK-5) Minneapolis (9-12)
Blessed Trinity Catholic SchoolRoman CatholicPenn (preK-3) Nicollet (4-8)27815.1Richfield
Breck SchoolEpiscopalianpreK-121,13110.1Golden Valley
Calvin Christian Schools (Blaine, Edina, Fridley)ChristianK-12221,169, 5814.9,12.2, 10.4Blaine (K-8) Edina (K-8) Fridley (9-12)
Carondelet Catholic SchoolRoman CatholicK-844114.5Minneapolis
Chapel Hill AcademyChristianK-833313.6Chanhassen
Christian Life AcademyAssembly of GodpreK-1220411.4Farmington
City of Lakes Waldorf SchoolNonsectarianpreK-824711.5Minneapolis
Concordia AcademyLutheran/ Missouri Synod9-1226517.1Roseville
Convent of the Visitation SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-1260710.2Mendota Heights
Cretin-Derham HallRoman Catholic9-121,21515.1St. Paul
Crown Christian SchoolLutheran/ Missouri SynodpreK-8419.7St. Francis
DeLaSalleRoman Catholic9-1275018.6Minneapolis
Epiphany SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-844012.9Coon Rapids
Faithful Shepherd Catholic SchoolRoman CatholicK-850114Eagan
French Academy of MinnesotaNonsectarianpreK-58111.8St. Louis Park
Fourth Baptist Christian SchoolBaptistpreK-1220412.4Plymouth
Good Shepherd Lutheran SchoolLutheran Synod/ Wisconsin EvangelicalpreK-811716Burnsville
Good Shepherd SchoolRoman CatholicK-632917.7Golden Valley
Groves AcademyNonsectarian2-122606.1St. Louis Park
Heritage Christian AcademyLutheranpreK-1243112.1Maple Grove
Highland Catholic SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-850816.2St. Paul
Hill-Murray SchoolRoman Catholic7-1271116.7St. Paul
Holy Family Catholic High SchoolRoman Catholic9-1248014.2Victoria
Holy Name of Jesus SchoolLutheran/Missouri SynodpreK-812713.4Roseville
Liberty Classical AcademyChristianpreK-1224012.1White Bear Lake
Maranatha Christian AcademyChristianpreK-1263613.3Brooklyn Park
Maternity of Mary–St. Andrew SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-817312.1St. Paul
Minnehaha AcademyChristianpreK-8 (L/M) 9-12 (Upper)85710.7Minneapolis
Minnesota Waldorf SchoolNonsectarianpreK-818311.2 St. Paul
Mounds Park AcademyNonsectarianpreK-124887.8St. Paul
Nativity of Mary SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-833315.7Bloomington
Nativity of Our Lord SchoolRoman CatholicK-878817.7St. Paul
New Life AcademyChristianpreK-1271912.7Woodbury
North Heights Christian AcademyChristianK-822116Roseville
Our Lady of Grace SchoolRoman CatholicK-8660N/AEdina
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-821412.2Maplewood
Providence AcademyRoman CatholicpreK-1286812.8Plymouth
Redeemer Christian AcademyChristianpreK-8907.8Wayzata
Saint Agnes SchoolRoman CatholicK-1275317St. Paul
Shakopee Area Catholic SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-883015.5Shakopee
Shattuck-St. Mary’s SchoolEpiscopalian6-124366.9Faribault
Southwest Christian High SchoolChristian9-1221812.4Chaska
St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic SchoolRoman CatholicK-859512.8Woodbury
St. Croix Lutheran Middle School & High SchoolLutheran Synod/ Wisconsin Evangelical6-1249814.6West St. Paul
St. Francis Christian SchoolBaptistK-12545.8St. Francis
St. Hubert Catholic SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-867416.5Chanhassen
St. John The Baptist Catholic SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-856014.5Savage
St. John’s Preparatory SchoolRoman Catholic6-122959.3Collegeville
St. Joseph’s SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-848014West. St Paul
St. Marks SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-825614.4St. Paul
St. Michael Catholic SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-847520Prior Lake
St. Odilia Parish SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-853516.5Shoreview
St. Paul Academy and Summit SchoolNonsectarianK-128999St. Paul
St. Paul PreparatoryNonsectarian9-1222110St. Paul
St. Peter CatholicRoman CatholicpreK-823714.1North St. Paul
St. Peter Claver SchoolRoman CatholicK-812415.5St. Paul
St. Rose of Lima Elementary SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-817210.1Roseville
St. Stephen SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-840026.1Anoka
St. Thomas AcademyRoman Catholic7-1267411.1Mendota Heights
St. Thomas MoreRoman CatholicpreK-83119.9St. Paul
St. Vincent De Paul SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-8450N/ABrooklyn Park
Totino-Grace High SchoolRoman Catholic9-1279715.9Fridley
Transfiguration ElementaryRoman CatholicK-830513.5Oakdale
Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran SchoolLutheran/Missouri SynodpreK-814211.6Eagan
Trinity Lutheran SchoolLutheran/ Missouri SynodpreK-89412.4St. Francis
Trinity School at River RidgeChristian7-122808.7Eagan
Visitation SchoolRoman CatholicpreK-1260710.2Mendota 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.

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