Minneapolis Public Schools, a district where you can expect great things! Minneapolis Public School provides excellence in education for Minneapolis’ future. The district inspires learning for more than 36,370 students in its 45 elementary schools, seven middle schools, seven high schools, eight special education schools, eight alternative schools, 19 contract alternative schools and five charter schools. The district's student population is highly diverse, with more than 90 languages spoken in homes. Most district communications are printed in English, Hmong, Spanish and Somali.
Minneapolis schools' academic programs prepare students in the basics and challenge them to achieve their personal best. In 2001, the district led the state by introducing all-day kindergarten in every school. Since state testing in reading and mathematics began, the district's elementary scores have improved every year. Minneapolis offers many rigorous advanced placement courses as well as the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program. All grades benefit from Arts for Academic Achievement, a hugely popular and equally effective program that creates opportunities for students to learn through the arts.
While many schools provide quality education, none can match Minneapolis' rich and diverse tradition of excellence. Its schools boast what no others can -- the city of Minneapolis and all it has to offer an extension of their classrooms. In the last 14 years, a $608 million investment in school renovation and construction has transformed cherished old structures into state-of-the-art learning environments and resulted in 16 spectacular new schools. All schools have the infrastructure and technology to support new ways of learning, teaching and communicating. Strong district partnerships with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program have produced many school/park complexes, joint use facilities and inviting playgrounds, which enhance neighborhoods throughout the city.