February 8, 2017

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our founding chairman, Bill Cooper.  Bill was a passionate advocate of quality education for all children.  He was immensely proud of the work of  Friends of Education’s thirteen charter schools serving more than 9,000 children:  two are National Blue Ribbon schools, nine are designated by the Minnesota Department of Education as Reward (top 15% of all public schools) and nine are designated as High Quality Charter Schools.  Bill's sole motivation in Friends of Education was to provide a great education to as many children as possible.  One of our schools noted, “I am not sure the impact of Bill’s influence can ever be quantified.  I am reminded of the words of Victor Hugo, ‘He who opens a school door, closes a prison.’  Bill has opened many school doors, for thousands of children.  He has given them a gift that lasts a lifetime.”



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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. 


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01.26.2018 @ 3:00pm       (for a Fall 2019 opening)

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Wayzata, MN 55391


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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.



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