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North Academy of Arts & Communications

Address: 1500 James Avenue North
Minneapolis, 55411
Grades: 9-12
Principal: Dr. Shawn Harris Berry
Enrollment: 256
Hours: 8:05 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.1700
Fax: 612.668.1770
Email: shawn.harris-berry@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: north.mpls.k12.mn.us

Motto: Excellence is the standard

North High is a small, college-preparatory school that consists of two academies Arts and Communications (NAAC) and Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (NSTEM).  Our small class sizes enhance student engagement in interdisciplinary curricula that equip them with essential 21st century skills.  Student enrolled in NAAC will have opportunities to excel in dance, theater. radio, video production, visual arts, music, and public speaking.   With the onboarding of NSTEM in the fall of 2016, incoming ninth graders can elect a project-based learning approach as a mean to studying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. North's mission is to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and their chosen career path.

We are building our success on the implementation of college prep teaching and learning in partnership with the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a renowned educational organization accredited for developing small learning communities.  There are seven researched-based principles that guide the ISA model:

  • College preparatory instructional program
  • Dedicated team of teachers
  • Distributed counseling
  • Continuous professional development
  • Extended school day
  • Parent involvement
  • Continuous organizational improvement

To learn more about ISA visit http://www.studentachievement.org

School Tour:
Family tours may be scheduled at any time. Please call 612.668.1700 to request an appointment.

Academic Focus Areas – Citywide:

  • Arts & Communications (grades 9-12)
  • STEM (NSTEM) (9)



What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 1 % 4 %
African American 86 % 39 %
Asian American 3 % 8 %
Hispanic American 2 % 18 %
White American 8 % 31 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 3 % 19 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 87 % 62 %
Receive Special Education Services 29 % 16 %
1500 James Avenue North
Minneapolis, 55411

World Language Offerings

  • Spanish

Student Activities

  • Academic Competitions (World Savvy, History Day)
  • Cinema Productions
  • Dance Recitals/Performances
  • Band
  • Debate club
  • Creative Writing
  • Theater Production
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • Robotics
  • Art of Hosting (Student Leadership)
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook
  • Gay/Straight Alliance
  • Emergency Management Technician 
  • Many more to come!!!!!

Music Offerings

  • Band
  • Choir
  • Music Video
  • Music Appreciation

Recent Advanced Placement Offerings

  • AP Language and Composition
  • AP US History
  • AP World History
  • AP Art Studio
  • CIS Writing Studio
  • CIS University Writing
  • CIS Math Modeling (Algebra)
  • Current Enrollment MCTC Spanish
  • Current Enrollment MCTC Health
  • Current Enrollment MCTC PE
  • Many more to come!!!!!!!

Girls' Athletics

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

Boys' Athletics

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling



Please contact Nagashia.Jackson@mpls.k12.mn.us, Web Site Administrator,
for any questions/concerns you have about information posted on this site.