Our Upper School is comprised of students in grades 9 through 12, who are provided ample opportunities to think for themselves, explore a myriad of interests, grow in faith and pursue talents. Teachers and administrators utilize iPad-enhanced instruction in an environment where state-of-the-art technology is a part of the fabric of the school. They are challenged to put into practice what they’ve learned, empowering them to transition for whatever step they choose after high school.
We use block scheduling at the Upper School, which enables our students to get a taste of college and focus more on individual classes each day. The schedule also allows for time periods to, among other things, meet with teachers or participate in activities. Learn more
Students meet weekly with teacher-led advisory groups to discuss any number of topics, including academics and faith, and also engage in small-group activities. Each group stays together for all four years. Learn more
We empower students to develop as leaders, inside and outside the classroom, and have a voice within our community. Students don’t just learn about leadership but also apply leadership in practical situations. Learn more
Clubs & Activities
Every student is involved in some sort of after school activity, club, sport or organization. Most students, in fact, are committed to several. We’re proud to offer an array of options as wide and diverse as much larger schools. Learn more
Our program is academically rigorous, offering more Advanced Placement courses than any other private school in our state. Students are provided the curriculum to meet their academic goals – and challenge them to become problem solvers and deep thinkers. Learn More
The arts are thriving at Minnehaha Academy – and so are the artists! We showcase a variety performing groups and provide extensive offerings for students interested in the visual arts program for students of every age and ability. Learn more
We have 26 varsity sports, with 75% of students participating on at least one athletic team. Our teams make regular appearances in the state tournaments. Learn more
With an eye to the future, a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lab, as well as the renovation of the already existing science classrooms, will help our students be better positioned in these subjects. Learn more
Cultural Field Experience
Cultural Field Experience is an authentic learning experience for students that unfolds over the course of several months and allows them an opportunity to build bridges within our school, neighborhood, and global communities among people from diverse socioeconomic, generational, religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Learn more
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90% of Minnehaha Upper School teachers hold advanced degrees.
Our teachers, in collaboration with colleagues and administrators, are free to create and shape their curricula in order to enrich their students’ learning experience.
Sam Terfa, Minnehaha Academy Upper School Science Teacher and ISS Program Co-coordinator, was selected as a FOX 9 Super Science Teacher Award Winner in November 2014! The award honors teachers who use science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) within the classroom to inspire area students. Hundreds of teachers were nominated, and a total of nine were selected as winners.
Sam Meyers, Upper School Academic Integration Specialist, and the Digital Citizenship (DC) program he developed at Minnehaha Academy, won the 2015 Private and Independent Education Program Award from the Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF). MISF each year recognizes a select group of individuals, schools, and/or programs that model outstanding service to students, the school, and the school community.
Top 10 reasons to come to Minnehaha Academy
by the Upper School Student Interns
- Three times a week there is a break (FLEX) period which is a good time to catch up with homework, teachers, or just hangout with your friends.
- Everyday there are fun, witty daily announcements.
- The lunches are tasty and fun and Chef J is loud, upbeat, and makes every lunch a party.
- The classes are small and give you a 1 on 1 experience with teachers.
- The students are all willing to help with assignments and studying.
- The athletics are of high caliber – we have awesome coaches and school spirit.
- There are four dances throughout the year where everyone can get together and have a good time.
- The fine arts are wonderful with great plays, performances, musicals, and student showcase.
- The college counselors are a huge help and a great support system.
- All the teachers and faculty are helpful and approachable, which enhances and creates a welcome environment.