EdVisions School Stories

Alliance School of Milwaukee

850 West Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI   53205

www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/alliance

Type and size:  Public charter school serving 200 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  The Alliance School was created especially for students who have been bullied.  All are treated fairly at The Alliance School; a college-like environment offers students flexible scheduling.

Areas of specialty:   Anti-bullying, democratic governance, inclusion, service learning.

Arcadia Charter School

1719 Cannon Road, Northfield, MN 55057

http://arcadiacharterschool.org  

Type and size:  Public charter school serving 125 students in grades 6-12

Vision and mission:  Small learning communities, project-based learning, individual learning plans, and year-long junior and senior projects are hallmarks of Acadia’s program.  Students are encouraged to express themselves artistically; the use of technology to innovate and create is also an important part of their program.  

Areas of specialty:  Small learning community, multiage setting, project-based learning, community engagement, and shared school leadership  

Avalon School

700 Glendale St, St Paul, MN 55114

http://www.avalonschool.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 200 students in grades 6-12

Vision and mission:  Avalon School prepares students for college and life in a strong, nurturing community that inspires active learning, engaged citizenship, and hope for the future.

Areas of specialty:  Avalon School considers their teacher-powered school, their emphasis on project-based learning, student ownership of their learning, authentic assessments, and creating a democratic school community as areas of particular strength.  Content-rich curriculum, a positive school culture, meaningful interpersonal communication, community partnerships, and a focus on social justice and equity are also evident.  

Special Awards:  Click here for a video featuring Avalon School as one of five winners of the 1st Annual Minnesota Charter School Innovation Awards in 2016 when they won in the category of “Different and Innovative Forms of Measuring Outcomes.”

Videos: Avalon School was featured in EdWeek in 2016.

Aveson Global Leadership Academy

575 West Altadena Drive, Altadena, CA   91001

www.aveson.org/agla

Type and size:  Public charter school serving 420 middle and high school students in grades 6-12

Mission and Guiding Principles:  Aveson strives to create a personalized, experience-based learning environment that provides students with the academic and leadership skills to be leaders in a global community.

Areas of specialty:  Mastery learning, advisories, democratic learning community, personalized learning

Videos:  You can view a video on the personalized mastery learning model at Aveson; click here to learn even more.

 

Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School

201 East Birch Ave, Birchwood, WI   54817

bbhcs.birchwood.k12.wi.us

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 25 students in grades 7-12.

Vision and mission:  Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School strives to enable students to become lifelong learners, problem solvers, and critical thinkers.  

Areas of specialty:   Project-based learning, student-driven curriculum, individualized learning, personal learning plans, student voice and choice

Blue Hill Harbor School

PO Box 1629, 57 South Street, Blue Hill, ME  04614-1629

http://www.bluehillharborschool.org

Type and size:  Private alternative high school serving approximately 30 students in grades 9-12

School Focus:   Personalized education; interest-driven, student-centered, and project-based curriculum; year-long projects and month-long classes.

Areas of specialty:   Active learning, responsible citizenship, small learning community

Community of Peace Academy

471 Magnolia Ave E, St Paul, MN 55130

http://www.cpapk12.org

Type and size:  Urban preK-12 public charter school serving approximately 800 students.

Vision and mission:  Community of Peace features a caring, peaceful, and value-rich community where relationships are nurtured and non-violence is intentionally taught.

Areas of specialty:  Educating the whole person - mind, body, and will; teaching unconditional positive regard for others; service learning, retreats, field trips, and parent engagement.

Special Awards:  Winner of a 2016 Innovation Award from the Minnesota Association of Charter schools.

Other relevant videos:  Click here and here.

Crossroads Academy

220 Ransom Street, Ripon, WI   54971

sites.google.com/a/ripon.k12.wi.us/crossroads-academy

Type and size:  Alternative high school serving approximately 15 students in grades 9-12

Areas of emphasis:  Building community, practical application of academic skills, employability skills, and post-high school transitions

Areas of specialty:  Educating the whole person - mind, body, and will; teaching unconditional positive regard for others; service learning, retreats, field trips, and parent engagement.

Special Awards:  Winner of a 2016 Innovation Award from the Minnesota Association of Charter schools.

Other relevant videos:  Click here and here.

D.C. Everest Idea School

4704 Camp Phillips Road, Schofield, WI   54476

www.dce.k12.wi.us/idea

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 50 students in grades 6-12

Vision and mission: “Building the next generation of great leaders, thinkers, and workers who thrive in a self-directed environment.”

Areas of specialty:  Project-based learning; community-focused

 

Dream Technical Academy

1705 16th Street NE, Willmar, MN

http://www.dreamta.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 80 students in grade 7-12

Vision and mission:  DREAM Technical Academy is a teacher-powered school.  Project-based learning is at the heart of the academic program, which focuses on developing 21st century skills.  Students are given choice in their learning and encouraged to test out their dreams and try different vocations.  There is a strong relationship with the business community, which provides mentoring, job shadowing, and internships for students.    

Areas of specialty:  Restorative justice; staff-led principles and governance; developing positive, caring relationships; achievement is demonstrated publicly through "DREAMS to Reality" nights

Eagle Harbor High School

9530 NE High School Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

https://www.bisd303.org/domain/817

Type and size:  Public school of choice serving grades 9-12  in the Bainbridge Island School District’s Commodore Options Schools

Program Focus:  “Eagle Harbor High School provides an environment in which students can create and direct their academic program, while they explore their role and relevance in the wider community.”

Areas of specialty:   Project-based learning, student voice, academic choice, real-world learning opportunities, and relationships

EdVisions Off-Campus School

P.O. Box 307 Henderson, MN 56044

http://www.edvisionshighschool.com  

Type and size:  Online public charter high school serving approximately 120 students in grades 7-12

Vision and mission:  EdVisions Off Campus High School is dedicated to personalizing learning in a project-based environment.  Students are empowered to design their own learning by exploring their passions through student-driven projects.  Students also participate in monthly field trips and an annual week-long trip.

Areas of specialty:  Developing relationships, student-driven projects, and individualized learning   

Videos:  Student testimonials and a sample of a student field trip to San Francisco and the Grand Canyon  

El Colegio Charter School

4137 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

http://www.el-colegio.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 100 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  El Colegio provides students with an academic program rooted in Latino culture and tradition in a small learning community.

Areas of specialty:  Bilingual education, leadership, career and college preparation, dual language literacy, and arts education

Escuela Verde

3628 W Pierce St, Milwaukee, WI 53215

http://escuelaverde.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 100 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  Escuela Verde engages urban youth in conducting research to answer complex questions, problems, and challenges.  Students work closely with their community in a self-directed manner through project-based learning, internships, and overnight experiences.  

Areas of specialty:   Student-led, project-based learning; sustainability, restorative justice, ecopedagogy, and praxis

Videos:  Click here to find out more about Escuela Verde.  A number of additional videos describing school programs can also be found here.   

Explore Knowledge Academy

5871 Mountain Vista Street, Las Vegas, NV   89120

ekacademy.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 800 students in grades K-12

Vision and mission:  “Personalized learning through educational discovery: building 21st century leaders; one project at a time.”

Areas of specialty:  Project-based learning; hands-on, self-directed research; advisories; service learning and community service; multi-age classrooms; four-day school week; seminars

 

Fond du Lac STEM Academy

401 South Military Road, Fond du Lac, WI   54935

sites.google.com/a/fonddulac.k12.wi.us/fdl-stem-academy

Type and size:  Public charter school serving 100 students in grades 3-5

Vision and mission:  To develop innovative, passionate learners in a STEM-focused, project-based, hands-on learning environment

Areas of specialty:   Multi-age, flexible schedule, technology-rich environment, mentor (advisory) meetings three times a day, real-world projects

Fox Cities Leadership Academy
(formerly the Appleton Career Academy)

500 North Ballard Road, Appleton, WI   54193

fcla.aasd.k12.wi.us

Type and size:  Charter high school serving approximately 100 students in grades 9-12

Areas of specialty:  Career exploration, interdisciplinary/thematic curriculum, seminars and workshops that change every five weeks, small learning community, service learning, business partnerships and internships

Videos:  Click here for a video about the Academy and learn more about their interdisciplinary curricular approach.

Golden Eagle Charter School

2405 S Mt. Shasta Blvd #3, Mt. Shasta, CA   96067

gecs.org

Type and size:  Public K-12 charter school serving approximately 360 students

Vision and mission:  Provide support to families engaged in home-based education options

Areas of specialty:  Personalized learning, small learning communities, field trips, hybrid classes, independent study, tutoring,and shared staff leadership

Hakipu‵u Learning Center

45-720 Keaahala Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744

https://www.hakipuulc.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 70 students in grades 4-12  

Vision and mission:  Hakipuu offers a culturally-focused academic program grounded in traditional Hawaiian wisdom and culture, utilizing the unique resources and environment of Hawaii to promote lifelong learning.

Areas of specialty:  Creating a sense of place; community-based learning experiences; applied and project-based learning

Videos:  Learn more about Hakipuu here and here.

Harbor City International School

332 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN   55802

harborcityschool.org

Type and size:  Public charter high school serving approximately 240 students in grade 9-12

Vision and mission:  To nurture a sense of belonging, foster academic excellence, and graduate global citizens who enrich their community

Areas of specialty:  Continuous improvement, Advanced Placement, personalized learning, project-based learning, career and college readiness, service learning, and international travel experiences

High Desert Montessori School

2590 Orovada St, Reno, NV 89512

http://www.hdmsreno.com

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 400 students from infant to grade 9

School Focus:  High Desert is a Montessori school that features child-centered classrooms, active learning, exploration, and students making decisions about their learning.  Students also develop social awareness.

Highland Community School

1030 Cardinal Drive, Highland, WI   53543

highland.k12.wi.us

Type and size:  Public high school serving approximately 75 students in grades 9-12

Area of specialty:   Senior projects designed to result in a “meaningful culmination of each graduating senior’s intellectual, academic, and community experiences.”

 

High Marq Environmental Charter School

222 Forest Lane Montello, WI 53949

HighMarq.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 32 students in grades 7-12  

Vision and mission:  High Marq seeks to offer students choice in their learning through real-world, hands-on experiences.  Core instruction occurs in independent project-based learning.  Students become active citizens, are taught environmental literacy, and develop effective communication and problem-solving skills.  High Marq is a teacher-powered school.

Areas of specialty:  Small learning communities and personalized, self-directed, and project-based learning

Videos:  Click here for a video on High Marq’s program.  You can also click here and here for videos that include student testimonials and a close-up look at student life at High Marq.

High School for Recording Arts

1166 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

http://www.hsra.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 320 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  Students experience the exploration and operation of the music business

Areas of specialty:   Cultural sensitivity, project-based learning, mentoring, job training, state-of-the-art music production and recording studios

Videos:  Learn more about the story of the High School for Recording Arts here.  Additional videos can be found here.

John Dewey Academy of Learning

1420 Harvey St, Green Bay, WI 54302

http://jdal.gbaps.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving 60 students in grades 8-12

Vision and mission:  John Dewey Academy seeks to provide a personalized learning environment that promotes active learning in real-life tasks and challenges.

Areas of specialty:   Collaboration, project-based curriculum, interdisciplinary learning, tech-rich environment, community partnerships, and authentic, relevant student projects

Videos:  Click here for a video featuring a student at John Dewey Academy of Learning.

Kaleidoscope Academy

318 E Brewster Street, Appleton, WI   54911

kaleidoscopeacademy.net

Type and size:  Public charter middle school serving 350 students in grades 6-8

Mission:  “Kaleidoscope Academy strives to engage middle school students in their learning through inquiry based projects and personalized learning using a balance of fine arts and 21st Century Skills.”  

Areas of specialty:   Interdisciplinary projects, inquiry-based instruction, and differentiation

Video: Click here for a video describing Kaleidoscope’s learning program.

Kato Public Charter School

110 North 6th St, Mankato, MN   56001

katopcs.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 80 students in grades 6-12

Vision and mission:  To provide each student with a foundation for independence and enable students to own their academic path

Areas of specialty:  performance and project-based education; parent and community partnerships

KM Global School for Leadership and Innovation

349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales, WI  53183

https://www.kmsd.edu/kmglobal

Type and size:  Public charter high school serving approximately 90 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  Cultivate a global perspective through personalized learning; develop a leadership identify; prepare students for career and college readiness

Areas of specialty:  Student portfolios, internships, civic engagement, field experiences, global competencies  

Videos:  Several videos are available that provide a program overview, a student perspective, a parent perspective, and a look at their community partnerships,

KM Perform - School for Arts & Performance

349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales, WI  53183

https://www.kmsd.edu/kmpeform

Type and size:  Public charter college prep school serving approximately 175 students in grades 9-12

Mission:  “To advance artistry, academic achievement, and responsible leadership.”

Areas of specialty:  Competency-based education, interdisciplinary learning, project-based learning, personalized learning, seminars, and field study

Special Recognition:  Education blogger Tom Vander Ark has twice named KM Perform to his list of the top 100 innovative schools to visit in the United States. Video:  Click here for a video describing KM Perform’s art-based program. Areas of specialty:  Student portfolios, internships, civic engagement, field experiences, global competencies  

Videos:  Several videos are available that provide a program overview, a student perspective, a parent perspective, and a look at their community partnerships,

Kickapoo Nation School

400 1st Street, Powhattan, Kansas  66527

https://sites.google.com/a/ketia.org/kns-home-page/

Type and size:  Tribal school serving approximately 70 students in grades K-12

LaCrosse Design Institute

1900 Denton Street, La Crosse, WI   54601

www.lacrosseschools.org/ldi

Type and size:  Public charter middle school serving approximately 55 students in grades 6-8

Vision and mission:  “La Crosse Design Institute (LDI) inspires students and community to acquire skills that will drive successful 21st century leaders and problem-solvers in becoming responsible citizens with strong values and integrity.”

Areas of specialty:  Project-based learning, personalized learning, and community-involved education  

Video:  Click here for a video describing a day in the life of a student at the Lacrosse Design Institute.

Marathon Venture Academy

100 Spring Valley Drive, Marathon City, WI   54448

marathon.k12.wi.us/schools/mva

Type and size:  Public charter middle school serving 135 students in grades 6-8

Vision and mission:  To challenge students to investigate and collaborate in authentic learning expeditions

Areas of specialty:  Expeditionary learning, project-based learning, community-based education, interdisciplinary, small learning community, culturally relevant teaching, and 8th grade exit presentations  

Minnesota New Country School

210 Main Street, Henderson, MN 56044 (High School)
127 North 8th Street, Henderson, MN 56044 (Elementary School)

https://newcountryschool.com

Type and size:  Public charter school serving 150 students in grades K-12

Vision and mission:  At the Minnesota New Country School, students explore the world through student-led, project-based experiential learning.  Each student has a personalized learning plan.  It is proud to be a teacher-powered school.

Areas of specialty:  Relationships, small learning environment, personalized learning  

Special Award:  2016 Minnesota Association of Charter Schools Innovation Award winner

New Century Academy

950 School Road Southwest, Hutchinson, MN  55350

newcenturyacademy.com

Type and size:  Public charter high school serving approximately 150 students in grades 7-12

Vision and mission:  To engage students in a progressive education program that promotes critical thinking and teamwork and empowers them to become life-long learners and global citizens

Areas of specialty:   Personalized learning, project-based learning, service learning, senior portfolios, senior capstone projects, advisories, school-based work study, community partnerships, and seminars

North County Trade Tech High School

1126 North Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92083

http://www.tradetechhigh.org

Type and size:  Public charter high school serving approximately 150 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  North County Trade Tech features a career and technical education program.   The development of academic competencies is blended with 21st century workplace competencies.  Students can pursue multiple pathways to success.  The program focuses on high-skill/high-wage jobs, emphasizing the building and construction trades.

Areas of specialty:   Preparing students for their future in whatever pathway they may choose

NorthStar Community Charter School

14463 Highway 53, Minong, WI   54859

sites.google.com/a/northwoodk12wi.com/northstar---mrs-lucius/home

Type and size:  Public charter school serving students in grades 4-8

Areas of specialty:  Project-based learning

Northern Lakes Regional Academy

33 Ann Street, Rice Lake, WI   54868

nlra.ricelake.k12.wi.us

Type and size:  Public charter high school serving approximately 50 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  To utilize STEAM - Science, Tinkering, Engineering, Aesthetics, and Math - to encourage students to design, innovate, and express themselves while also contributing to the community

Areas of specialty:  Makerspace, self-directed learning, interdisciplinary learning, place-based learning, blended learning, flexible schedules, digital fabrication and design, and project-based learning  

Northern Lights Community School

350 Bridge Street, Warba, MN . 55793

nlcschool.org

 

Northwest Passage High School

11345 Robinson Dr. NW, Coon Rapids, MN  11345

http://nwphs.org  

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 180 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  Projects, field studies, and expeditions provide an opportunity for students to learn in small communities using inquiry-based methods in a STEAM-driven curriculum.  Structured work experiences and service learning are also part of the learning program.  

Areas of specialty:  Project-based learning, advisory, field studies, and expeditions

Special Award:  2017 Innovation award from the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools

Paladin Career and Technical High School

308 Northtown Drive, Blaine, MN 55434

http://www.paladincareertech.com  

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 220 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  Paladin seeks to mitigate the effects of childhood trauma and other hardships by creating a trauma-sensitive school environment.  The program supports students in their emotional and academic growth through seminars, work-based learning, project-based learning, and experiential learning.  

Areas of specialty:  Ability to meet the needs of students through a trauma-informed care lens; project-based learning, experiential learning, and incorporating restorative practices

Videos: Learn more about Paladin here.

Phoenix High School

1315 West 4th Avenue, Kennewick, WA   99336

phoenix.ksd.org

Type and size:  Public charter high school serving approximately 60 students in grades 9-12

Mission:  To create a personalized and flexible learning environment for students to direct their own learning

Areas of specialty:  Personalized learning, project-based learning, self-directed learning, flexible learning environment, restorative justice, small learning community, advisories; students study off-campus one day a week

 

Propel Andrew Street High School

605 E 10th Ave, Munhall, PA 15120

http://www.propelschools.org/propel-andrew-street-high-school

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 200 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  Students solve real-world problems through a focus on literacy, creativity, and reasoning in a small learning community.   

Areas of specialty:  Project-based programming, community service, STEAM, dual enrollment, internships, and apprenticeships

Resilience Charter School

1717 NE 9th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

http://resiliencecharterschool.weebly.com

Type and size:  Public charter school serving grades 6-12

Vision and mission:  The mission of Resilience Charter School is “To cultivate a dynamic learning community for grades 6 through 12 based on innovation, social justice, and environmental stewardship. The Resilience Charter School engages students through authentic relationships and project-based learning, empowering them to think critically, persevere with grit, design creative solutions, and act with mindfulness and compassion.”  

Areas of specialty:  Social justice, restorative justice, environmental stewardship, project-based learning, and social/emotional learning.

Videos: Learn more about Resilience Charter at this link.

Resource Link Charter School

755 S 7th St, Coos Bay, OR 97420

https://www.resourcelinkcharter.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 70 students in grades K-12

Vision:  “Resource Link will be the premiere source for a nontraditional educational experience for K – 12 students.  Our vision is to provide a collaborative system of support through flexible, individualized learning, critical thinking and problem solving skills.”

Mission:  “"Providing resources linking students to academic and personal achievement and success"

Areas of specialty:  Independent learning, student voice and choice, relationships, relevance, and rigor

Roy Chapman Andrews Academy

1225 4th St, Beloit, WI   53511

sdb.k12.wi.us/rcaa

Type and size:  Public charter school serving 30 students in grades 6-12

Areas of specialty:  Self-directed learning, project-based learning, expeditions, and community service

Other relevant videos: Click here to hear what one student has to say about Roy Chapman Andrews Learning Academy

 

SAGE Academy - Brooklyn Park

3900 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

sageacademy.org

Type and size:  Public charter high school serving approximately 75 students in grades 9-12

Vision and mission:  To develop reflective learners while promoting and supporting academic excellence, tolerance, and respect

Areas of specialty:  Project-based learning, expeditionary learning, service learning, and mentorships; the entire schools participates in an e-term for one month each year and special topics are explored

 

 

Shared Journeys Charter School

9004 West Lincoln, Suite 14, West Allis, WI   53227

sageacademy.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 20 pregnant and parenting students in grades 7-12

Mission:  “To provide expectant and school age parents an opportunity to complete a high school education, encouraging strong parenting, healthy lifestyles and building post-secondary skills through a supportive community and innovative learning environment.”

Areas of specialty:  Blended learning, individual learning plans, and parenting skills

Other relevant videos: Click here for a video describing the program at Shared Journeys, and here and here for student reflections on attending school at Shared Journeys.

Solvang Resource Center High School

320 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA   93463

fpcharter.org

Type and size:  Public charter high school

Vision and mission:  Provide a personalized learning environment to help students develop the skills to thrive in the 21st century

Areas of specialty:   Independent study, blended learning, personalized learning, partnerships, and technology

 

 

Trek North

2400 Pine Ridge Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601

http://www.treknorth.org

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 250 students in grades 6-12.  An elementary school expansion is planned for fall 2018.

Vision and mission:  Trek North seeks to provide students with rigorous academic preparation through wilderness experiences and a focus on college readiness.  A strong sense of community exists that includes active and ongoing parental engagement in a true working partnership.  In addition to their academic mission, the program also focuses on wellness, helping students to develop a positive self-identity, and service learning.  

Areas of speciality:  College-readiness, outdoor adventure, service learning, social justice, and creating a sense of community in a highly-personalized setting are core elements at Trek North.  Experiential learning includes wilderness travel complemented by urban experiences.  

Valley New School

10 E College Ave #228, Appleton, WI 54911

http://valleynewschool.com

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 70 students in grades 7-12

Vision and mission:  Empower students to become purposeful adults

Areas of specialty:  Senior projects, project-based learning, and advisories  

Waukesha STEM Academy

130 Walton Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186

http://stemsaratoga.weebly.com

Type and size:  Public charter school serving approximately 830 students in grades K-8

Vision and mission:  Provide students with a personalized learning experience using a STEM focus   

Areas of Specialty:  Innovation, collaboration, citizenship, student engagement, personalized learning, applied learning, and service learning

Videos:  Learn about Waukesha STEM Academy at this link.  To see a day in the life of a STEM student, click here.

Wildlands School

E19320 Bartig Rd, Augusta,  WI 54722

wildlandschool.net

Type and size:  Charter school serving 60 students in grades 7-12

Vision and mission:  Wildlands is a teacher-led, project-based school focused on research and science.  

Areas of specialty:   Small learning community, project-based learning, scientific research, blended learning, personal learning plans, expeditionary learning, community service, internships, and mentors

Videos:  A video describing the school can be found here.  Many more videos can be found here.