Congratulations – Aspen Academy

Congratulations to Aspen Academy for winning a 2013 NAIOP Award of Excellence.  The award is given by the Minnesota chapter of NAIOP (the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) to 13 projects evaluated on site development, architectural integrity, interior design, integration into the community, market feasibility, and unique project challenges.


Congratulations to the 29 charter schools that achieved the Celebration Status for 2013 under Minnesota’s Multiple Measures Assessment System.

Hiawatha Leadership Academy, Minneapolis; Arcadia Charter School, Northfield; Aurora Charter School, Minneapolis; Beacon Preparatory School, Bloomington; Clarkfield Charter School, Clarkfield; Cologne Academy, Cologne; Cyber Village Academy, St. Paul; Friendship Academy of the Arts, Minneapolis; Global Academy, Columbia Heights; Higher Ground Academy, St. Paul; Hmong College Prep Academy, St. Paul; Kaleidoscope Charter School, Otsego; KIPP Stand Academy, Minneapolis; Lincoln International High School, Minneapolis; Main Street School of Performing Arts, Hopkins; Minnesota Transitions Charter School, Minneapolis; New Discoveries Montessori Academy, Hutchinson; New Millennium Academy, Minneapolis; Noble Academy, Minneapolis; North Lakes Academy, Forest Lake; North Shore Community School, Warba; PACT Charter School, Ramsey; Partnership Academy, Richfield; Schoolcraft Learning Community, Bemidji; Southside Family Charter School, Minneapolis; St. Croix Preparatory Academy, Stillwater; STEP Academy, Inver Grove Heights; STRIDE Academy, St. Cloud; Twin Cities International Elementary School, Minneapolis


Congratulations to the International Spanish Language Academy for being named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.

International Spanish Language Academy, Minnetonka

Founded in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ academic achievement.


Congratulations to the 19 charter schools that achieved the Reward Status for 2013 under Minnesota’s Multiple Measures Assessment System.

Beacon Academy, Maple Grove; Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Crosslake Community Charter School, Crosslake; DaVinci Academy, Blaine; Eagle Ridge High School and Eagle Ridge Lower School, Eden Prairie; Glacial Hills, Starbuck; Harbor City, Duluth; Minneapolis Academy, Minneapolis; New City School, Minneapolis; Duluth Public Schools Academy – Northstar Campus, Duluth;          Seven Hills Academy, Bloomington; Spectrum High School, Elk River; St. Croix Prep Middle School, Stillwater; Stride Academy, St. Cloud; TrekNorth High School, Bemidji; Twin Cities Academy High School and Twin Cities Academy, St Paul; Ubah Medical Academy High School, Hopkins.

Congratulations – 2013 Charter School MDE School Finance Awardees

Congratulations to the 126 Charter Schools (85% of all charters) which recently received the 2013 MN Department of Education Finance Award.  The award recognizes public schools that meet the statutory deadlines for submission of audited fiscal financial data and reporting criteria, and and have met select indicators of fiscal health and accuracy in financial reporting.

MACS Joins the Minnesota Safe Schools for All Coalition

Recognizing the importance of providing all students with a learning environment which accepts and respects the dignity of every individual student, last week the MACS Board of Directors unanimously  approved MACS becoming a member of the Minnesota Safe Schools for All Coalition.

The Coalition is a group of more than 70 education, disability, youth, religious, LGBT, and social services organizations, as well as individuals who support passage of comprehensive legislation to strengthen policies against bullying and harassment in Minnesota’s schools.”   Please click here to learn more about the coalition.

This action by the MACS Board builds on the action by our membership, which last December approved  a statement in the  Association’s public policy platform in support of the principles and direction outlined in the Governor’s Anti-Bullying Task Force.

MACS has had the opportunity to raise some questions about specific provisions and share some ideas which we believe would improve the legislation and, more importantly, address the issue of student safety. We will be monitoring the legislation as it moves forward and express our questions, concerns, and ideas as a member of the Minnesota Safe Schools for All Coalition.


Every two years the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools conducts a Compensation (Salaries & Benefits) Survey of Minnesota’s Charter Schools.

The survey was initiated in 2006 in response to requests from schools seeking comparative data about salaries and benefits in other charter schools. Initially the survey was conducted annually and results were reported on a regional basis.  The survey was changed to a biennial survey after the first two surveys indicated that the year to year changes were not significant enough to warrant an annual survey.

With the 2012-2013 survey report we have initiated another change.

Instead of reporting the results by geographic regions, the results are being reported by school enrollment size. There are four school size categories:  enrollment under 100, 101 – 250, 251- 500, and enrollment 501 and over.

The change was made after examining the results of the last two surveys which showed that financial resources based on school enrollment size make a more significant impact on compensation than geography across the state.

The 2012-2013 Compensation Survey Report which has been sent to all charter schools which participated in the survey provides ranges and averages relative to salaries and benefits to guide local discussions and decisions.  We think that schools will find the data compelling, thought-provoking, useful.