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South Open

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: 612.668.4300
Fax: 612.668.4310
Email: ray.aponte@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: south.mpls.k12.mn.us

The Open program is the oldest continuous college-prep program in Minneapolis. It was founded on a progressive education model that centers on students having a voice in their educational experiences and providing them with the freedom and responsibility for directing their learning. The classes in the Open program emphasize an authentic, investigative, research- and discussion-based approach to learning where critical reading, thinking, writing and speaking are valued. The Open program focuses on interdisciplinary learning, social issues and students’ exploration of their place in the world. Students develop their critical thinking skills through exploration, student initiative and personal responsibility while valuing teamwork, intellectual curiosity, diversity and community.

The program balances mentoring, college preparation and cultivation of passion for lifelong learning. Open teachers use many different approaches to mentoring and guiding students, helping them find answers to their own questions while preparing them for post-secondary opportunities. Students graduate from Open and go on to a wide range of post-secondary programs, including some of the most selective colleges and universities in the U.S. and the world.


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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