Is there tuition to attend?
No, as a public school any appropriately-aged Minnesota student can attend for free.
What type of school is Exploration High School?
Exploration High School is a non-traditional public charter school, authorized by the Minnesota Guild of Charter Schools.
When will Exploration High School open?
Exploration will open doors in September 2021 with 9th and 10th grade students.
What grades will Exploration High School serve?
At full capacity, Exploration High School will serve 9th - 12th graders. At full capacity, we will have roughly 200 students.
How does transportation work?
Similar to other MPS high schools, students will receive a Metro Transit Card to access opportunities across the Twin Cities. Being so close to the Broadway - University intersection, many bus routes can get to Exploration High School. There is also an on-site parking lot for students to drive themselves and easy access from I-94 for parents to drop off students.
What extra-curricular activities are available?
We want to hear from you! Based on student interest, we will develop programming before, during, and after the school day which will include student clubs, athletics, and the arts. We are talking with the MN High School Sports League and local organizations to provide fun opportunities to explore your interests.
Will this prepare my child for college?
Yes! If college is a pathway your child wants to pursue, our teachers will work with your child to ensure they are doing whatever they can to not only get into college, but to be successful once they are there.
Our flexible use of time and space creates opportunities for students to develop essential skills through active problem solving. College admissions across the country are demanding to see authentic demonstrations of learning, which all students will show through a multi-dimensional project portfolio.
Learn more in our virtual video interview with University of Minnesota Admissions Counselor, Ali Oosterhuis, below.
What if I don't want to go to college?
Great! We will support your dreams and provide you the experience to pursue them. You'll work closely with your advisor through the years to reach the goals you set. There will be work-based learning opportunities as well as PSEO offered during the high school years.
Does the school have financial viability?
Yes! After Exploration High School received approval for 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the IRS in December 2018, the school received $100,000 from the Bush Foundation as part of their School Designs for Individualized Learning initiative.
In fall 2019, Exploration High School received a Charter School Program sub-grant from Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). This ensures $200,000 for our pre-operational year (which we are in right now) and at least $175,000 for each of the first two years of operation.
Is there evidence that Exploration's model works?
There is a mountain of evidence that developing learner agency through deep relationships is the best way to support individual students, regardless of age. One hundred years ago, Maria Montessori and John Dewey published their findings on cultivating independent learners and using public education as a way to contribute to a healthier society. More recently, examples of schools similar to Exploration show the power of repurposing Montessori and Dewey's findings in the 21st Century. Iowa BIG, One Stone, Northwest Passage, Big Picture Learning, Latitude High School, High Tech High, and MN New Country are some examples of schools pushing the boundaries of how we can empower individual learners and work towards a better society.