Why Minnehaha? Discover What Makes Minnehaha Different

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It’s impossible to describe, but when you and your family walk into Minnehaha Academy, you’ll feel it. Students and parents say that our culture of kindness and care is what makes us unique.

As a Minnehaha student, your child will be surrounded by adults that care about them as an individual, not just another student in their class. This supportive environment will help him or her feel safe to experiment, learn, fail, and succeed - growing character along the way. Your child will be surrounded by students who love to learn and teachers who are there to encourage them.

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What Our Parents Say about their Minnehaha Experience:

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of our Parents Would Recommend Minnehaha to Other Families

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of Parents Say Minnehaha is Meeting & Exceeding Their Expectations



of MA Parents Plan to Have Their Child Graduate from Minnehaha

Why Do Parents Choose Minnehaha Academy?

  • School culture and atmosphere
  • Faculty care about their child
  • Quality of faculty
  • Emphasis on character development
  • Quality of school leadership
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A Strong Foundation Makes a Difference

Ranked one of the best private schools in Minnesota, Minnehaha Academy is a PreK-12 school. We have a thriving fine arts program, exceptional academics that meet and exceed state standards, and robust athletics offerings. Our school is built on our solid Core Values of Exceptional Academics, Distinctly Christian, Caring Community, and Cultivating Potential. It is these Core Values that we boldly build our programs. Minnehaha Academy is a launching pad for our students who go out into the world ready to thrive and use their gifts in meaningful ways. 

There is so much to love about this amazing school.... If you are looking for a Christian school that has exceptional academics, arts, and athletics, this is a great one. If you're looking for a community that will become an extension of your family, this is the ONLY one.

Uniquely Minnehaha: Learning Transformed

The Minnehaha experience is transformative. From academics to co-curriculars, students are invited into learning that embraces the head, heart, and hands. During their time at Minnehaha, students grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and others. 

Each Minnehaha student will be able to say:

  • I am learning to name my talents and gifts. I have a voice and a choice in what I pursue.
  • I am learning things that matter and see how my talents can help my community.
  • What I am learning now builds on what I learned in earlier grades. 
  • I have the skills I need. I am valuable. What I do matters.
Students will learn through distinctive learning
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Explore to Restore

Deep Hope: Students in my class will explore the design and wonder of God's creation, and grow as caretakers in restoring this beautiful yet broken world.

When the Mississippi River is just outside of your science classroom, you don't stay inside - you wade in! Ms. Cripe leads her biology students to the banks of the river where they collect and test samples of the river, analyzing which chemicals are present in the water. She invites them to take in the unique beauty of the river gorge, learn about threats to the river, and understand the complexities of its ecosystem. "Explore to Restore" is Ms. Cripe's classroom storyline. This, connected with the deep hope for her students, are two key ways that she brings faith into the science classroom.

Faith in Learning

Teachers bring learning to life using powerful teaching tools (Deep Hope, Storyline, Throughline, and Formative Learning Experiences) that connect students to God's bigger story and their role in it. Learn more about Faith in Learning at Minnehaha and our Transformational Learning.

"What truly distinguishes Minnehaha in the classroom is the teachers' emphasis on the development of the whole individual...I will always be grateful to have been part of such a special school." -Peter, '22

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