Exploration High School



Exploration High School is led by students, powered by teachers, and rooted in our community. Explorers master relevant, 21st century skills by executing Community Asset Projects (CAPs) which ignite their passions and improve our world. Explorers are supported by a team of advisors dedicated to student empowerment, personalized learning, and innovation. We believe every young person deserves an education that embraces their vision and identity and challenges them to achieve their potential. 

A 21st Century School

To meet the diverse needs and aspirations of all students, Exploration High School is designed for flexibility. 

Restructuring Time

Explorers know that time is their most precious resource. They learn to spend it on their terms in pursuit of mastery, self-discovery, and community service. Explorers collaborate with advisors and each other to discover their goals and align their daily, weekly, and long-term schedules to achieve them.

Reimagining Roles

Students are Explorers design their unique learning pathway with guidance, structure, and support. The job of Explorers is to discover their passions, cultivate mastery, and improve the world. Adults are Guides who advocate, celebrate, and empower every Explorer to thrive now and in the future.

Repurposing Space

Exploration High School is made to feel like a welcoming home, and the world is our classroom. We invite the community into our space to learn with us and celebrate the achievements of Explorers.  Explorers are challenged to go into their communities to learn by doing from experts.

Redefining Goals

Our goals aren’t set by an ancient bureaucracy-- they are personal, relevant, and meaningful. Exploration High School’s goal is to add value to our community and help young people become empathetic and empowered 21st century change agents. Explorers and Guides work together to discover and achieve academic and personal goals.


How We Learn

Community Asset Projects

CAPs are how we learn and how we change the world. Explorers work with guides, professionals, and each other to understand and solve meaningful projects in their communities.

Career Readiness

Exploration High School is committed to teaching skills that matter. Through partnerships with local companies, organizations, and individuals, Explorers can spend their time doing what they love and the world needs. 


Explorers and guides collaborate daily to set goals, reflect on learning and progress, and foster mutual understanding and respect. In advisory, we celebrate the successes of Explorers, navigate through the difficulties of the learning journey, and hold each other accountable for achieving our potential.


Exploration listens to our students and their interests. Whether it is robotics, athletics, or the arts, our flexible schedule lets students commit to their passions.



Exploration is a fully accredited, public, tuition-free high school in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Guild serves as our authorizer and reports on our behalf to the Minnesota Department of Education. Explorers will graduate with a 4 year diploma ready for post-secondary education or to start their career.


Schools We Love

Iowa BIG

Iowa BIG was created when local stakeholders in business, industry, and government saw a widening gap between what school was teaching and what the modern workforce demanded. They developed projects that connect young people to community initiatives that make an impact.


Early College

Tri-County Early College in rural North Carolina uses a teacher-powered model to co-create authentic learning experiences with students. Integrating early college credentials provide additional incentive for students to challenge themselves and become self-navigating doers. 

One Stone

One Stone in Boise, Idaho provides a learning environment that allows individuals to flourish. Using design thinking, personalized learning, one-on-one advisory, and real world work experiences; students are able to go out into the world with the skills and belief to make a difference. 

XQ Super School

See more examples of what innovators are doing to provide transformative learning communities throughout the country.  


Someday, we hope Exploration High School joins these and other innovative schools to reimagine the future of learning so that every young person can become their best self.

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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