Frequently Asked Questions


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.


What grades will Exploration High School serve?

At full capacity, Exploration High School will serve 9th - 12th graders.


When will Exploration High School open?

Exploration will open in the fall of 2021 with 9th and 10th grade students.


Is there tuition to attend?

No, as a public school any appropriately aged Minnesota student can attend for free.

What is the intended size of the school?

At full capacity, we will have roughly 150 students.


Where will school be located?

229 13th Avenue NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413

What kind of physical space is ideal?

Exploration High School will use Fielding Nair International's globally-acclaimed Learning Community design patterns to create a space that fosters well-being.


Will this prepare my child for college?

Absolutely! If college is a pathway your child wants to pursue, our learning guides 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 dynamic programming and 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 Oesterhuis, below. 


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.


The school is also seeking start-up funds from corporate sponsors and NewSchools Venture Fund. These start-up funds ensure the program can launch as intended, providing a transformational learning experience for all students who attend Exploration High School.


What about transportation?

Students will receive complimentary metro transit passes to move throughout the city and attend Exploration High School. 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.

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, Acton Academies, 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.

Contact Us

Dave Heighington

(978) 866-9615


Sam Neisen

(651) 335-8583


Exploration High School

229 13th Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413

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