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Friends of Education Schools are Closing the Achievement Gap in Reading

Friends of Education Schools are Closing the Achievement Gap in Reading






Nine charter schools authorized by Friends of Education are closing the achievement gap in reading based on the 2011 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) results.   

The following nine schools’ students qualifying for free or reduced price lunch (the blue bars on the graph) outperform Minnesota’s students qualifying for free or reduced price lunch (red line on the graph), and in some cases, surpass all Minnesota students (green line on the graph).

The schools include:

  • Cologne Academy
  • DaVinci Academy
  • Eagle Ridge Academy
  • Minneapolis Academy
  • Nova Classical Academy
  • Seven Hills Classical Academy
  • St. Croix Preparatory Academy
  • Stride Academy
  • Yinghua Academy

Of special note are Eagle Ridge Academy, Nova Classical Academy, Seven Hills Classical Academy, St. Croix Preparatory Academy, and Yinghua Academy, which students qualifying for free or reduced price lunch are outperforming ALL Minnesota students, without regard to economic status.  Elizabeth Hanson, Education Programs Specialist at Friends of Education, commented, "These schools are clearly providing an outstanding education to all students.  Friends of Education is extremely proud of their success in closing the achievement gap."

Friends of Education schools Aspen Academy and Parnassus Preparatory School are not shown; Aspen Academy had too few students to report, and Parnassus Preparatory School opened in August 2011.


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“We are relentlessly committed to student achievement. We know that all students can and must achieve. Our expectations are high, our desire for success is intense and our timeline is aggressive,” says School Leader Julie Henderson. Hennepin Elementary School knows that high expectations must be matched by high and efficient levels of support. The founders of Hennepin Elementary School are united by their shared mission, by the urgency of the calling, and the relentless pursuit of academic achievement for all.
The mission of Hennepin Elementary School is to provide all of its students with the knowledge, skills, and character to graduate from high school, and the confidence to continue on and successfully complete their post-secondary education. The school prepares its graduates to live thoughtful and purposeful lives equipped with the tools to engage successfully in their own "pursuit of happiness," thereby contributing greatly to the good of their communities and their families. Hennepin’s philosophy is not simply that all children can learn, but more importantly that all children will learn. There are no shortcuts to academic success and no excuses for failing to achieve it. The school aims to accomplish its mission through a college preparatory educational program based on high expectations, rigorous academic performance, more time on task, and, a safe and orderly environment driven by high standards of personal conduct and respect for others. Hennepin intends to partner with several high quality middle and high schools to provide a seamless K-12 education pathway, and Hennepin’s teachers have a strong commitment to their students and families
Hennepin Elementary School’s instructional model is grounded in a common framework referred to as the Instructional Standards. The Instructional Standards are a compilation of fundamental best teaching practices, successful teacher traits and common measures of student success. Each standard is designed to create an objective-driven, rigorous and effective classroom experience that will serve to prepare students for higher education, the global economy and the pursuit of their dreams. The standards serve to create a common instructional experience across classes by instituting valuable rituals and strategies.The school cycle is a workflow that ensures instructional time targets new material as well as addresses deficits. The cycle helps ensure that struggling students are identified and receive the supports they need to be successful. The cycle is comprised of four components: a) Planning, b) Teaching, c) Assessment, and d) Analysis. At the school level, data supports the design of intervention programming. Most importantly, at the teacher level, unit and lesson plans as well as individualized supports are influenced by the data and frequent checks for understanding.
Hennepin is located three blocks from the Children’s Theater and the Minnesota Institute of Arts and one block from Washburn Fair Oaks Park. In addition to the rigorous curriculum and instruction, Hennepin offers the following options: extended school day, 7:45-4:14 pm; all day kindergarten; school uniforms; small class sizes; and double sessions of reading, mathematics, and physical education classes on a daily basis.
Hennepin Elementary School opened its doors in August, 2012 and serves students in grades K-2. The school will continue to expand through grade 6.