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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 serves teen parents through an individualized learning model with on-site childcare. We provide college and career opportunities for students through innovative course offerings and our partnership with Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s “Destination: Diploma to Degree” Program.



American Indian OIC (AIOIC) 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 model of the “one-room school house,” Takoda Prep of AIOIC has fostered a family-orientated environment for its students that welcomes all newcomers into the world of scholarly pursuit and personal development. These endeavors are led by a highly caring, talented, and qualified instructional staff. The work of this community of learners is based on academic rigor, inter-grade collaboration, mutual respect and cultural inclusion.

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.

Loring Nicollet Alternative School is a fully accredited high school for students who want something different than a large, traditional public high school. Only 52 students are enrolled at LNAS at one time; average class size is 10 to 12 students. While most of our students are working to complete core subjects and graduation requirements, individualized credit make-up opportunities are available.


Menlo Park Academy High School
1700 - 2nd St. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Ph: 612.787.4016
Grades: 10 - 12 (9th graders for second semester)
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 2:52 p.m.

Menlo Staff work with students to create a safe and caring environment conducive to student learning. We encourage students to take personal responsibility for their academic progress and for positively contributing to the school and community. Qualified students may participate in Post-Secondary Enrollment Options. We have developed a strong advisory program to ensure that all students have a positive relationship with a caring adult in our school.


MERC Alternative High School
2539 Pleasant Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ph: 612.872.2777
Grades: 9 - 12
School Day: 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

MERC is a structured, credit recovery school with an emphasis on respect, accountability and responsibility. MERC works closely with parents to help ensure that their students change past behaviors, earn credits toward graduation, and prepare for college and/or careers. MERC offers classes that satisfy Minneapolis Public Schools requirements for graduation along with special education services and an on-site ELL teacher. MERC has career and college readiness staff to help with the whole college process, exploration of area colleges, FAFSA and/or Dream Act, college applications and ACT/Accuplacer preparation.

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. - 3:00 p.m.

Na-way-ee means “The Center” and focuses on Native American education. With a strong commitment to alternative education and serving American Indian youth, NAWAYEE Center School evolved from an informal drop-in service to what it is today – a MDE State Approved Alternative Program and MPS contract alternative urban high school focusing on American Indian youth. NAWAYEE employs a culturally focused, placed-based experiential pedagogy to teach all subjects from an
Indigenous perspective.

PYC Arts & Technology High School
2210 Oliver Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Ph: 612.522.6501
Grades: 9 - 12
School Day: 7:45 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

PYC’s curriculum is infused with technology, art, and service learning while providing a caring, safe, and comfortable learning environment that serves 150 students, with class sizes of 16 to 18 students. PYC also offers an Independent Study Program for students with at least 30 credits. PYC integrates art and technology into all curriculum with 4 multimedia computer labs and the Capri Theater as part of the school campus.


Volunteers of America
924 - 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ph: 612.375.0700
Grades 10 - 12
School Day: 8:05am-3:01pm (M - Th), 8:05am-12:00pm (F)

VOA offers flexibility in scheduling, which allows students to interact with all teachers and staff. With a very strong commitment to academic excellence and access to on-site counseling, VOA High School honors its diverse population and has a goal of seeing every student rise to success at school and in life. The school offers environmental specialty classes and small class sizes with an emphasis on continuous improvement for students while building positive relationships between teachers and students. The school focuses on creating challenging experiences in and out of the classroom, including community-based service learning projects and credit bearing weekend expeditions focused on leadership and team building.
There is an Independent Study Program which offers similar programming to students with at least 30 MPS credits who are
unable to attend a regular day program.


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