Alternative Schools

Minneapolis Public Schools provides a variety of educational programs designed to meet the needs of diverse learners. Alternative Schools provide families with the opportunity to choose the learning environment that meets the specific needs of their students. Specialized Programming is designed to meet specific community placement needs or the requirements of a student's individual education plan (IEP).

Alternative Schools 

Alternative schools are choice-based programs whose mission is to serve those students who've not found success in the traditional school model. These programs may include contract alternative programs which are run by community agencies who hire staff and provide the facility. Students attending Contract Alternative schools continue to be Minneapolis Public Schools students during their enrollment. Contract alternative schools are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Longfellow Alternative High School

Longfellow Alternative High School provides teenage girls who are pregnant or are already parenting with the special attention and resources needed to ensure students will graduate and be able to provide for their child.

3017 East 31st St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
612.668.4700

Loring Nicollet Alternative School*

Loring Nicollet provides a safe environment for a diverse student population including GLBTQ students. Diversity, Equity, and Health & wellness is highly valued and is addressed throughout the curriculum.

1925 Nicollet Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612.872.3626

NaWAyEe Center School*

2421 Bloomington Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN, 55404
612.721.1655

Nawayee is an Ojibwe word that means “the center” and at NaWayEe Center School we work with students to find their center and find our collective center in the Indian community. Nawayee is open to students in grades 7-12, ages 12-19.

MERC Alternative High School*

MERC is a structured school with an emphasis on respect, accountability and responsibility.  MERC works closely with students to help change past behaviors which might have resulted in their getting behind in credits.  MERC is a safe environment with small class size, a committed staff and a determination to help students make plans and set goals for their future.

 
2539 Pleasant Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612.872.2777

MENLO Park Academy*

Menlo Park Academy Alternative High School provides students with a safe, supportive learning environment where students are treated with respect and viewed as individuals with their own particular learning styles and social needs. 
 
1700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
612.781.6011

Minneapolis Academy and Career Center

Minneapolis Academy and Career Center is a developing education and career collaborative by Minneapolis Public Schools, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) - North Minneapolis WorkForce Center, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center.

800 West Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411
612.668.1450

PYC Arts and Technology High School*

PYC Arts and Technology High School is a contract alternative school with the Minneapolis Public Schools, serving up to185 students in North Minneapolis. PYC offers a wealth of ways for students to earn credit toward graduation including online opportunities, seat-based plans and other creative options.

2210 Oliver Ave N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
612.522.6501

Takoda Prep/American Indian OIC*

Takoda Prep focuses on helping all students make advancements in reading, writing, and mathematics while maintaining a strong connection to American Indian culture. 

1845 East Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612.341.3358

VOA High School*

VOA High School (VOAHS) is a state-approved, contract alternative program serving Minneapolis Public School (MPS) students. This program allows for credit make-up and student success by offering flexible scheduling, small class sizes, extra credit earning opportunities, an on-site independent study program and substantial student support. 

924 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612.375.0700