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With thousands of schools in the land of 10,000 lakes the options for schooling can seem endless and overwhelming. And because each student has a different set of needs and each parent has specific desires for their child’s education, choosing the perfect school can be a daunting task. Every school wants to help your child find and pursue their passion for excellence, but which school will help them accomplish that? From Spanish and Chinese immersion options and classrooms filled with impressive technology to award-winning advanced placement programs, we’ve highlighted some of the best schools in the state for your children ranging in ages from six weeks all the way through post-secondary education.
Ages of Kinderberry Hill children: 6 weeks to 5 years
Fall 2010 tuition: Varies by location and age group
Application deadline: Rolling
Locations: Six locations (Eden Prairie, Woodbury, Roseville, Edina, Plymouth, and downtown Minneapolis)
Unique programs: The SEEDS of School Readiness emergent literacy program is incorporated into the Kinderberry Hill curriculum for infants through pre-kindergarteners.We encourage our students to... learn through participation in a wide variety of carefully planned activities, customized to meet the unique needs of each child enrolled in the Kinderberry Hill program.
Our school is unique because... we are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the “gold standard” for the assessment of quality in an early childhood learning program.
Total full-time enrollment: 1,170
Average class size: 18
Fall 2010 tuition: $16,070 - $23,525
Application deadline: February 1
Our faculty and staff... provide unconditional support for curiosity, intellectual risk-taking and development of a lifelong love for learning.
Our school is unique because... with all grades from preschool to twelfth together on the same campus, Breck students have many opportunities to learn from each other. Signature programs include Minnesota’s first K-12 Chinese curriculum, advanced research opportunities for Upper School students and an integrated service learning curriculum. We are a community of teachers and students eagerly engaged in learning and a family that cares about each one of its children.
One more thing: Breck students accomplished some amazing things last year: National champions in mock trial, state champions in boys swimming and boys hockey, award-winning scholars, artists, musicians and athletes. Come see for yourself how every Breck student succeeds, grows and cares.
Total enrollment: 850 Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
Fall 2010 Tuition: $9,650 - $10,800
Application deadline: January 15, 2011 (Rolling admission thereafter)
Next open house: October 28 and January 6
Unique programs: Artist-in Residence, peer ministry, award winning theatre, and championship athletics
What is your school best known for? The only metro area high school cited by ACT twice, in 2007 and 2009, for our college-preparatory academic rigor. Hill-Murray provides an outstanding Artist-in Residence programs with instruction by a nationally-recognized working artist. Four student theatre productions are staged per year, including a musical and a cabaret.
We encourage our students to... learn to access information, process it critically, and communicate it clearly; discover their intellectual and creative potential; explore and develop their faith and character; and learn balance between work, prayer, and leisure.
Student-teacher ratio: Varies by grade level
Fall 2010 tuition: $10,000 – $15,850
Application deadline: Rolling
Open house dates: October 26, 6:00 p.m. and January 9, 12:30 p.m.
Unique programs: World language: Spanish and French are taught daily from preschool on by native speakers. Chinese is offered as an elective.
We encourage our students to... participate in a multitude of opportunities. ISM students are encouraged to take part in athletics, performing arts, robotics, debate team, math team, community service and travel ventures just to name a few.
Our school is unique because... we are part of the SABIS® School Network; one of 75 schools worldwide whose roots date back 125 years. We are steeped in a legacy of rigorous academics and multicultural diversity.
One more thing: We are constructing a new state-of-the-art track and soccer facility.
Total full-time enrollment: 750
Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
Fall 2010 tuition: $11,400
Open House: November 3-4, 6pm
We encourage our students to... achieve their full potential to excel intellectually, to live spiritually, to lead responsibly, to act justly, and to serve selflessly. Our school is unique because... we offer a full service college and career center with two college counselors who work with all our families, ninth through twelfth grade.
One more thing: We’re one of seven schools in Minnesota that received college preparatory accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Total full-time enrollment: Because Kumon Centers are individually owned and operated enrollment and hours of operation vary
Fall 2010 tuition: Monthly tuition typically ranges from $85-$115/subject, per month.
Application deadline: Rolling
Subjects covered: Math and Reading
Kumon can help a child… increase confidence, cultivate self-motivation, develop critical thinking and analytical skills, strengthen concentration, and build problem-solving skills. Our school is unique because... we have more than 4 million students studying at centers in 46 countries.
One more thing: The Kumon Method represents the curriculum and instructional technique of the program and this method gives students ownership of the learning process, the confidence to set progressively higher goals, and the ability to perform beyond expectations.
Total full-time enrollment: 8,500
Average class: 22, Elementary and 26, Secondary
Application deadline: February
Open house dates: First week of December and the first week of February with various information nights in January
Unique programs: Rigorous advanced placement courses and a college counselor at the high school help 92 percent of students advance onto college. The middle school is one of the few schools in the state that offers accelerated courses in every core subject. And Chinese or Spanish immersion is offered on the elementary level along with the Navigators program for the exceptionally gifted beginning in third grade.
We encourage our students to... find and pursue their passion for excellence.
Our schools are unique because... we’re a national leader in using technology to accelerate learning and the results are clear.
One more thing: we know that each child is unique and we know that every parent wants the best education for their child. So do we.