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MDE Designates Six Friends of Education Schools as High-Quality


The Minnesota Department of Education annually designates selected charter schools as High-Quality based on school performance.  To receive a High-Quality designation, charter schools must exceed state averages in twelve academic measures in reading, math, and science, including proficiency, individual student growth, and closing the achievement gap; in addition, charter schools must meet financial and compliance benchmarks established by the state.  For 2020, the MDE designated only 23 of Minnesota’s 171  charter schools – or 14% -- as High-Quality.   Friends of Education congratulates its schools receiving this selective designation:

                Cologne Academy

                DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science

   Eagle Ridge Academy

   Parnassus Preparatory School

   St. Croix Preparatory Academy

                 Yinghua Academy


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Aspen Academy
Where is Aspen Academy located? 

14825 Zinran Avenue
Savage, 55378

What does it cost to send my child to Aspen Academy? 
It’s free!
What grade levels are offered? 
Aspen Academy is a K–8 grade, tuition-free, public charter school located in Savage, Minnesota.  Aspen Academy is open to all families in Savage, Prior Lake, Shakopee, Burnsville and the surrounding communities. The academics program is focused on the Core Knowledge curriculum for kindergarten, primary school (grades 1-5) and middle school (grades 6-8) classes
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