- Is Partnership Academy a public or private school?
Partnership Academy is a public charter school. Charter schools operating in the state of Minnesota are tuition-free public schools that operate independently of traditional school districts. They are governed by boards comprised of parents, licensed teachers, and community members. All students are welcomed by charter schools, regardless of need. Our authorizer is Audubon Center of the North Woods (http://audubon-center.org/).
- What grades do you serve?
Partnership Academy enrolls students in kindergarten through 6th grade at our Richfield location and now offers preschool (ages 3-5) at our Minneapolis location. We will be expanding to 7th grade for the 2019-2020 and 8th grade for the 2020-2021. For more information about the Early Wonders Preschool Program, please click here.
- How long is your school day?
Our school day begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM.
- What is your average class size?
Most of our classes have from 20 to 28 students. We work hard to keep the staff:student ratio as low as possible. Most rooms will have two educators in the room throughout the day. We offer incredibly personalized classes to challenge and support all students.
- Do you have a uniform policy?
For primary grade K-4, we require that all students wear navy blue pants, shorts or skirts with a PA red polo shirt. Our middle school students can wear black or khaki colored pants with a maroon polo and a grey crew sweater. PA polo shirts are available for purchase from the school. On Fridays, students and staff are encouraged to wear a casual PA yellow t-shirt, college, or cultural attire. Cultural attire may include sports jerseys, heritage clothing, or shirts that recognize the student's culture. Shirts with characters or sayings are typically not considered culture attire. Jeans are appropriate for Fridays. The school will call parents of children not following the uniform policy and ask that proper attire be delivered to the school.
- What meals do you serve?
Partnership Academy provides students with free breakfast, lunch, and a fresh fruit or vegetable snack daily. Our school participates in several of the United States' Department of Agriculture's meal programs, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program. As part of the enrollment process, each student's parents or guardians complete a food program application that determines their eligibility for the free and reduced price meal plans.
- Does PA have an after school program?
The AMIGOS program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30pm. Students who choose to stay join an enrichment club of their choice. Transportation and snacks will be provided for students who are in the after-school program. Club activities vary but can include: culture, sports, art, technology, rocket building, or service learning with a homework room for students who have not completed their work. This program is intended to be enrichment focus and will be led by PA teachers who are passionate and interested in creating a club activity.
- What specialist classes do you offer?
Partnership Academy offers four specialist classes: Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and Art. Students take two specials classes each day for a total of 80 minutes.
9. How do I enroll a student at PA?
It's easy! Click here
to learn about our enrollment process.