Our education system must reflect our values

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.

The Minnesota Report Card gives you easy access to understandable district and school data.
This tool is designed to provide parents, educators, schools, districts and citizens with easy access to district and school information, test results, demographic information and other critical data in a centralized location.

MN Report Card Navigation Pro Tips
1. Go to My School on the left side
2. Click on Map Search (leave School blank)
3. Enter your home address
4. Public information about schools near your home
5. You can see up to 4 schools at one time and compare.