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What is the difference between an MPS alternative school and a contract alternative school?
MPS alternative schools are taught by MPS staff and are located in district buildings. Contract alternative schools are taught by licensed teachers who are not MPS employees; these programs may or may not be located in a MPS building.


Why would someone want to attend an alternative high school?
Students may prefer the smaller class sizes/school population or specialized educational focuses offered at alternative high schools. Alternative high schools allow students the opportunity to make up school credits in order to graduate. How do I sign up for an alternative program or get more information? If you are interested in attending an alternative program, contact Student Placement Services at (612) 668-1840 or visit 1250 W. Broadway from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Can students in an alternative program participate in sports, clubs and activities?
Yes, students who live in the city of Minneapolis and attend a Minneapolis alternative or contract alternative school can participate in sports, clubs, and activities at the traditional high school located in their attendance area. All students must follow the school rules and grade requirements to participate in these activities.



Longfellow Alternative High School
3017 East 31st St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Ph: 612.668.4700
Grades: 7 - 12
School Day: 9:40 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Longfellow Alternative High School proudly serves two generations of Minneapolis students in its beautiful building in the heart of the Longfellow neighborhood! Partnered with Teen Parent Services, the Early Learning Center and Longfellow are uniquely positioned to address the needs of a child and parent alike. With a flexible, individualized learning model, we meet our student’s academic and social needs as soon as they enter the door and welcome them to the community with our many partners and services. Whether the student is college-bound or exploring the option for the first time, we offer rich curriculum that is supported by our teacher’s talents and our student’s interests, all the while keeping them on track towards graduation. We are a small school with a big mission and are honored to serve our following generations.



Loring Nicollet Alternative School (LNAS)
1925 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ph: 612.872.3626
Grades: 9 - 12
School Day: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

The foundation of the environment at Loring Nicollet consists of: respect for individuality, a multi-cultural and gender fair curriculum. LNAS also promotes leadership, community activism and lifelong learning. Academic coursework is focused on strengthening students' sense of self and preparing students for college. Each student is assigned a staff advisor to build strong connections to school and supportive staff/student relationships.


Menlo Park Academy High School
1700 - 2nd St. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Ph: 612.787.4016
Grades: 9 - 12 (9th graders for second semester)
School Hours: 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (M - TH), 8:00 a.m. - 1:52 p.m. (F)

Menlo offers a smaller environment where students can get more individualized support, both academically and personally. Strong advisory program where students are assigned a staff advisor who meets with them individually once every 3 week grading period to discuss their progress at school and in life. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their academic progress and contribute positively to the school community.


MERC Alternative High School
2539 Pleasant Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ph: 612.872.2777
Grades: 9 - 12
School Day: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (M - TH), 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (F)

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

NA-WAY-EE Center School
2421 Bloomington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ph: 612.721.1655
Grades: 7 - 12
School Day: 8:30 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. (M - TH), 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (F)

The mission is to provide transformative education, grounded in indigenous life-ways and love of learning. Nawayee is an Ojibwe word that means "the center" and at Center School we work with students to find their center and find our collective center in the Indian community. Center School provides a fresh start with small classes and a culturally focused curriculum.


PYC Arts & Technology High School
2210 Oliver Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Ph: 612.643.2000
Grades: 9 - 12
School Day: 7:45 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. (M,T,TH,F), 7:45 a.m. - 1:10 p.m. (W)

PYC offers a whole child approach to education, focusing on academic growth, health and wellness, and overall student engagement. Experiential and service learning opportunities are also a focus, with art and elective options in theater, music and video production, spoken word, and visual arts are available for all students. PYC believes in creating pathways for all students to achieve lifelong success in college, career, family, and community.


Takoda Prep
1845 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ph: 612.341.3358
Grades: 9 - 12
School Day: 9:25 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Predicated upon the old fashioned model of the "one-room school house", Takoda Prep has fostered a family-orientated environment for its students predicated upon academic rigor, inter-grade collaboration, mutual respect (exhibited between both staff and students as well as between students themselves) and cultural inclusion. The goals of this school are to provide the highest caliber education possible to its students, to deepen each student's awareness and understanding of their cultural heritage, and to empower students to pursue the greatest amount of opportunities upon their graduation - up to and including the capability of enrolling within any four year university of the student’s choice.


Volunteers of America
924 - 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ph: 612.375.0700
Grades 10 - 12
School Day: 8:00 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. (M - Th), 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (F)

VOA High School prizes their diverse populations, and has a goal of seeing every student become involved in their community, school, classroom, and individual success. The program offers small class sizes, flexibility in scheduling and a 7 period day which allows students to interact with all teachers and staff. There is a very strong commitment to student support, and students benefit from daily positive teacher interaction and have access to on-site counseling and school partners providing social services. VOA High School also utilizes experiential learning to allow students the opportunity to earn additional credit throughout the school year. 



If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.3700 or 612.668.1840. 

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