Choosing a School is a Family Decision
Information about our educational choices is a powerful tool for parents.
Traditional Public schools are tuition-free schools funded by state and local governments. There are two types of public schools:
- Magnet schools enroll students from outside the school’s neighborhood and often have a theme such as performing arts, math/science, or international humanities.
- Community schools are schools that enroll most of its students from the surrounding neighborhood and often offer a shorter commute, however, programs are less specialized than magnet schools.
Our Minneapolis Public Schools District is considered Special District 1.
There are 9 elected officials and a non voting student representative consisting of over 70 schools and 34,000 students.
Public Charter schools are also tuition free and an additional public school option. They typically have their own boards. Single schools may constitute a “district, “or multiple charter schools may form a single network. In Minneapolis, a local example is Hiawatha Academies.
Some public charter schools have themes similar to magnet schools. In Minneapolis, themes lean college-preparatory or performing arts.
Private schools charge tuition and sometimes have rigorous application processes. Some have themes similar to magnet and charter schools and some offer religious services or dorm room like boarding.