Your Guide to Schools That Work!

The Schools That Work Guide is a tool to help families find the right school for their child. Designed with input from over 100 parents of color, we hope this tool gives you & your family gives you a starting point is things to look for & ask about when choosing a school for your child.

 

How to pick a school!

  1. Start with your child in mind
    Talk to your child—what excites them, what are their interests, how do they learn?
  2. Identify the 2-3 things that matter the most to you, when picking a school
    • Academic performance
    • Culture & climate
    • Transportation & hours
    • Extra-curricular activities
  3. Explore this guide—choose items that best reflect what’s important to you & your child
    • Review profiles—academic data & highlights
    • Look at websites
    • Talk to friends & family
  4. Tour 2-3 schools
    Bring this guide to remind you of what you might look for or ask:

    • How does it feel to be in the school?
    • Write down your first impressions of each school
  5. Apply to a few schools & enroll in 1 school
    • Minneapolis district schools—submit a ‘School Request Form’ (check with Minneapolis Public Schools for the 2020 priority enrollment deadline)
    • Charter schools (public schools)—for the schools you’re interested in, look for their application on their website or call them directly
    • Independent schools (private schools)—for the schools you’re interested in, look for their application & information about financial assistance on their website or call them directly

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