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South All Nations

Address: 3131 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, 55407
Grades: 9-12
Principal: Ray Aponte
Enrollment: 1778
Hours: 8:20 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.4357
Fax: 612.668.4300
Email: Ray.Aponte@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: south.mpls.k12.mn.us

The All Nations American Indian program is a unique program specifically designed for challenging and nurturing American Indian students at South High since the fall of 1989. All Nations is known for integrating resources from the American Indian community to not only help our students graduate in four years, but also to be prepared for college with a clear vision of who they are and what they have to offer the world. Students from anywhere in the district may apply to this program.

Key to the ways staff and community design programming and curriculum in All Nations are the following concepts: cultural identity, wisdom, sense of place, sense of discovery, sense of self, perspective and cultural lens, sense of connection, critical thinking and applied knowledge.

All Nations students know that they have a shared trust responsibility to give back to the American Indian community. We offer a shared commitment to students, their families and the community. This commitment extends to joining All Nations for the full four years of high school. The All Nations team teachers provide students with opportunities to cultivate and share gifts in classes such as:

  • Ojibwe Language 1, 2 and 3
  • Math levels from Intermediate Algebra through AP Calculus B/C
  • College Prep Science courses that incorporate American Indian Science Fair (AISES) experiences
  • Honors English, AP Language and Composition, etc.
  • World Studies, AP U.S. History, AP Human Geography
  • American Indian History and Arts courses through in-school partnerships with MCTC
  • Young Women’s Group
  • Young Men’s Group
  • Fall Welcome Back Ceremony
  • Native American Family Involvement Day (NAFID)
  • Native American Cultural Field Trips
  • Intertribal Council

The South High All Nations Program is designated as a Best Practices School for American Indian students in MPS. The American Indian community entered into a mutual and historic agreement with MPS called the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that clearly outlines and defines the need to foster the academic successes of American Indian students enrolled in the school district. We follow the Seven Grandfather Teachings of the Anishinaabe as the foundation and guiding philosophy for our climate of respect. There are Seven Guiding Themes embedded within the MOA. This is reflective of the guiding philosophy of the All Nations Program.

  1. (Respect) Ma-naa-jii’-idi-win
  2. (Wisdom) Ni-bwaa-kaa-win
  3. (Honesty) Gwa-ya-kwaa-dizi-win
  4. (Humility) Daba-sen-da-mo-win
  5. (Courage) Zoon-gide’-ewin
  6. (Love) Zaa-gii’-idi-win
  7. (Truth) De-bwe-win

South High School has a tradition of excellence and achievement in academics, athletics and art. We take pride in the many accomplishments of our students. Past graduates support our commitment to excellence through our alumni foundation. We welcome the opportunity to add your unique talent to our learning community.


School Tour:

For visits and tours of our school, please contact Esmeralda Durant-Silvan at 612.668.4381 or Ahmed Ali at 612.668.4357.


Academic Focus Areas: 

  • All Nations (citywide program)
  • Liberal Arts
  • Open (citywide program)
  • Project Lead the Way

Dual Credit Opportunities/Articulations:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • College in the Schools (CIS)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
  • Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering

Post-Graduate Plans (Class of 2016):

  • 59% to four-year colleges
  • 27% to two-year colleges
  • 14% to military service/work/other






What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 7 % 4 %
African American 36 % 39 %
Asian American 5 % 8 %
Hispanic American 19 % 18 %
White American 33 % 31 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 21 % 19 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 56 % 62 %
Receive Special Education Services 13 % 16 %
3131 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, 55407

Student Activities

  • All Nations Advisory Council
  • All Nations Newspaper
  • Anime' Club
  • Archery Club
  • Asian Student Association
  • Athletes Leadership Group
  • Beadwork
  • Book Club
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Debate club
  • Drum Circle
  • Fashion Club
  • Film Club
  • Gay/Straight Alliance
  • Gekendaasojig Study Circle
  • Gender Equity Collective
  • German Club
  • Green Tigers Environmental Club
  • Human Rights Group
  • Link Crew
  • Math Team
  • Muslim Student Association
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Ojibwemown Language
  • Open Directional Council
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Robotics club
  • Silver Ribbon Campaign
  • Somali Student Association
  • Students Allied for Racial Trust
  • Student Council
  • Studio Arts
  • Theatre Arts and Dance
  • Theater Tech
  • UMOJA (African-American student group)
  • Unidos (Latino student group)
  • Visual Arts
  • Yearbook

School High Curriculum Guide


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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