Welcome to Friends of Education

Friends of Education's mission is to improve the education of children.  Improving K-12 education since 1999, Friends supports programs which emphasize content and critical thinking with demonstrated evidence of increasing student achievement and post-secondary readiness.

The Minnesota Department of Education awarded Friends of Education its highest Exemplary rating of charter school authorizer performance. 


Important Upcoming Dates


01.27.2017 @ 3:00pm       (for a Fall 2018 opening)

Submit to:
Friends of Education
200 East Lake Street
Wayzata, MN 55391


Scheduled upon request

Topics include application requirements, common deficiencies, and quality application components.

Email info@improveK-12education.org 

Session held at:
TCF Financial Corporation 200 East Lake Street Wayzata, MN  55391


DaVinci Academy named a National Blue Ribbon School

U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that DaVinci Academy of Arts & Science has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary High Performance.
“We are honored to be recognized for our years of hard work, and more importantly, the success of our students.” said DaVinci Academy Executive Director Debra Lach.
Out of a possible 2,000 schools in Minnesota, DaVinci Academy was nominated by the Minnesota Department of Education, and is one of five Minnesota schools that are receiving this award. Nationally, DaVinci Academy is one of 28 charter schools chosen for this award.
In November, DaVinci Academy will be recognized in an official ceremony in Washington D.C.



News & Events

  • 2016 Reward Schools

    2016 Reward Schools

    Congratulations to Friends of Education 2016 Reward Schools!
    These schools have demonstrated exceptional student outcomes and success in closing achievement gaps.

    Clarkfield Area Charter School
    Cologne Academy
    DaVinci Academy
    Eagle Ridge Academy
    Nova Classical Academy
    Parnassus Preparatory School
    Seven Hills Preparatory Academy
    St. Croix Preparatory Academy
    Yinghua Academy

    In addition, Cologne Academy, DaVinci Academy, Eagle Ridge Academy, St. Croix Preparatory Academy, and Yinghua Academy have shown sustained success and been recognized multiple consecutive years as a Reward school. Congratulations!

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