Student Experience

Caring Culture

Within our nurturing community, your Middle School student is sure to develop lifelong friendships and grow because of our support network of Christian teachers and administrators.

At Minnehaha Academy, students are encouraged to ask hard questions about anything, including their Christian faith. We share a unity that is based on care for one another rather than conformity.

Our Christian distinction is real, not a facade. We integrate faith into every relationship and demonstrate that faith by loving one another and showing each other grace and mercy.

Career Exploration

The Middle School counselor and faculty plant the seeds in our eighth graders, guiding them through a process to explore potential careers with an assessment, inventory and parent-led seminar. The goal is to stir areas of interest and plumb possible careers, not commit to one.

Over four sessions, eighth graders learn about a variety of careers. First, the students register for Naviance, a program that Upper School students use to do all post high school and college planning. Second, they take an Ideas Inventory, an exploration and assessment system that help them dig deeper into interests and careers. Third, they take a Career Key, which helps them narrow down career themes and areas of interest.

All of this culminates with a Career Day, when students choose one of eight sites to visit then return for a seminar that features a parent speaker.

Character Development

We emphasize personal responsibility as we help determine the right blend of student independence and parental and staff support. Our goal is to prepare the whole teen – intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually – for high school and also help them learn how to make sound decisions after graduation.

It can be tough to be a teenager, so Minnehaha Academy provides comprehensive guidance and support to prevent adolescents from “falling though the cracks.”

Each Middle School student belongs to a small advisory group that meets daily for 30 minutes. Teacher–advisors serve as advocates, ensuring that students are on-track for growth and success.

Advisory activities include schoolwork monitoring, devotions, chapel attendance and follow-up, and instructional and exploratory events concerning personal, social, and study skills development. Teacher–advisors hold weekly meetings among colleagues to exchange information and insight, and to provide support on behalf of students.

Service Leadership

At Minnehaha Academy, we believe in traditions, especially ones that are worth repeating time and again.

From kayaking to cooking, anything is possible on FLEX Day (that’s Fun Learning EXploration Day), as we challenge our Middle School students to step off the beaten path and try something they wouldn’t experience in a regular classroom. Exploratory learning is at the heart of this Middle School concept, when students choose up to four exceptional activities to explore for one spring day.

Serve It! Day
Each fall, Middle School students devote a day to service learning projects they’ve planned in their advisor groups. Students have  volunteered at Feed My Starving Children, Operation Christmas Child and organized a coat drive for Twin Cities children in need.


In Middle School, 87% of students participate on an athletic team. Minnehaha welcomes athletes at every ability level, from novice to champion. All students who attend practices regularly and give their best efforts will participate in athletic contests. Learn more about our athletic offerings.

Clubs & Activities

Minnehaha Academy students don’t just excel in the classroom and community. They also shine in the fine arts, athletics, and activities.

Despite our small class sizes, we offer a host of extracurricular activities for your child. Take a closer look:

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