Life-long Learning Directory

MUSIC

Children's Yamaha Music School

Edina & Roseville

612-339-2255

Studies prove that the ideal time to begin formal music training is when the ear is the most receptive, between the ages of 3 1/2 -6. Children's Yamaha Music School offers basic musicianship and keyboard instruction for children 3 1/2 and up. Age appropriate activities include: music appreciation, singing (utilizing solfege techniques), keyboard playing, rhythm activities, movement, pitch recognition, note reading and writing, ensemble participation and musical games. Enroll now for the beginnings of a lifetime of musical enjoyment!

CitySongs

386 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, U of M, St. Paul

612-624-8725

ssw.che.umn.edu/centers.html#CitySongs

CitySongs is a free music program offered to all youth in grades 3-8 offering music instruction and practise, special appearances and educational sessions by local performers, instruction in singing, harmony, movement, choreography and song writing, public performances, private briefings and tours, mentorships, leadership opportunities, academic coaching, and recording video projects. CitySongs helps develop competence, confidence, and individual potential through diverse group music participation.

Family Music Center (Music Together ®)*

Golden Valley, Wayzata, Lake Harriet area

612-521-7172

www.insightformation.com/FMC

Music and movement for children ages 0-4 years, with a parent/caregiver. Research-based, age appropriate music experience that is fun for the family. International program, finally in Minnesota! Free classes offered in August in locations above. First class Sept. 20. To register, or for more information, call Angela Barberg, Director or check the website.

Growing With Music, Incorporated

A Developmental Music Program For Toddlers & Preschoolers(tm)

5 metro studio locations, and offered in more than 150 childcare programs

612-540-0271

Early childhood music exploration including a variety of singing, movement and instrumental activities that emphasize overall development while introducing basic music concepts. All classes are taught by credentialed instructors.

Gymboree Play and Music

5011 Ewing Ave, 50th & France, Edina

612-922-1555

www.gymboree.com

Don't miss a beat! Gymboree Music offers two class levels that are more fun than you can imagine. Our half notes program for toddlers explores the foundation of musical development. Whole notes, for preschoolers, engage in imaginative movement stories set to music. Play instruments, sing and dance at Gymboree.

Kara's Musikgarten

4309 Lexington Pte Pkwy, Eagan

651-452-0878

Musikgarten curricula was developed by internationally recognized Early Childhood Music Educator, Dr. Lorna Heyge. Through songs, movement and dances, instruments and listening, your child (0-3 years) will be introduced to the wonderful world of music at Kara's Musikgarten. Please call for more information and/or to register for Fall classes.

MacPhail Center for the Arts

1128 LaSalle Ave, Mpls

612-321-0100

www.macphail.org

MacPhail Center for the Arts is the best comprehensive community resource for education and performance opportunities in the musical arts for people of all ages, abilities and economic circumstances. We fulfill our mission through a variety of music lessons, performance experiences, master classes and many other opportunities for the entire family.

MUSIKGARTEN National

1800-216-6864

musikgarten.org

If your child is seven years old or younger, you both have a fun-tastic opportunity to make music together in a Musikgarten class. This internationally - acclaimed program offers classes aimed at specific age levels that include music and dance activities that are fun and educational. Call 1800-216-6864 for a Musikgarten teacher near you.

StageCoach Theatre Arts Schools

Edina, Minnetonka, St. Paul

612-929-1991

www.stage-school.com

For three hours each week your child or teenager can be part of a fun-packed, educational leisure activity based on the performing arts. StageCoach teaches the skills they need to act, dance and sing. These skills don't disappear when they come off the stage. StageCoach training is a training for life.

University of St. Thomas
Conservatory of Music

St. Paul (NE corner of Summit & Cleveland)

651-962-5860

www.stthomas.edu/conservatory

The Conservatory of Music has offered group and individualized private instruction taught by established and recognized artist-teachers since 1985. The Conservatory of Music strives to provide the highest quality of comprehensive musical education to the community by expecting excellence, while fostering creativity and imagination, within a challenging and respectful learning environment.

DANCE

BALLAREteatro Dance Theatre

4259 Minnehaha Ave S, Mpls

612-721-8619

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Creative Dance, and Modern classes for ages 3 1/2 through adult in a fun, nurturing environment. Open houses 8/21 and 8/28-noon to 3pm, 8/31 and 9/2-5 to 7:30pm. Classes begin September 7. Call for a brochure.

Ballet Arts Minnesota

528 Hennepin Ave #203, Mpls

612-340-1071

www.mtn.org/~dancebam

Ballet Arts Minnesota is based at the Hennepin Center for the Arts, with satellite classes at Hopkins Fine Arts Center and Edina Community Center. Ballet Arts Minnesota offers a nine-level professional division for students ages 8-18. Open ballet classes are offered for those who study ballet solely for its physical and aesthetic benefits. Ballet Arts Minnesota also strives to cultivate a child's abilities with its Young Children's Division, ages 4-8. The 1999-2000 year begins September 7, 1999, offering classes in ballet, modern, jazz, yoga, and conditioning for all ages and abilities.

Barbi Lee Dance Arts

7035 Cahill Rd, Edina

612-942-0020

http://members.aol.com/barbilee

Quality dance lessons for all ages, from 1 1/2 to adult. Ballet, tap and jazz. A non-competitive dance program where students learn the art of dance in a fun but disciplined atmosphere from dedicated professionals. New classes beginning in September.

City Scape Dance, Inc.

9807 Nicollet Ave S, Bloomington

612-881-6217

City Scape Dance provides lessons in ballet, tap and jazz to students of all abilities, ages three to adult. Beginner to professional. Registration for the 1999-2000 dance year is currently being taken. Please call for a brochure.

Grand Jete

975 Grand Ave, St. Paul

651-227-0331

Dance shoes and bodywear for ballet, tap and jazz. Sizes available for children through adult. Personalized help in fitting shoes. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Tues 10am-8pm.

Just for Kix

Blaine, Crystal , Elk River, Hopkins, Hutchinson, Monticello, Victoria, Waconia, White Bear Lake

612-424-9813

www.JUSTFORKIX.com

A program of precision dancing with a team. Along with dance team skills, they learn cooperation, perseverance and teamwork. Classes meet once a week and novice, as well as experienced dancers are welcome. The answer to the "all around" dance experience.

StageCoach Theatre Arts Schools

Edina, Minnetonka, St. Paul

612-929-1991

www.stage-school.com

For three hours each week your child or teenager can be part of a fun-packed, educational leisure activity based on the performing arts. StageCoach teaches the skills they need to act, dance and sing. These skills don't disappear when they come off the stage. StageCoach training is a training for life.

LANGUAGE

Arc-En-Ciel

Eden Prarie

612-944-1930

http://home.cwix.com/~veronique.noel@cwix.com

Arc-En-Ciel is a unique French Immersion Preschool and Kindergarten program. Children absorb a language rather than they learn it. The school offers a warm and friendly environment reinforcing the students' creativity and developing their imagination while facilitating the academic learning process. The program is similar to the curriculum taught in Preschool in France. Teachers are French native speakers. The school will expand the program to 1st grade as early as Fall 2000. Accreditation by the French Ministry of Education is expected sometime in 2001. Registration is already open for Fall 2000 (children up to seven). Call Veronique Noâl.

ART

Harvest Moon

Community Farm

14363 Oren Rd N, Scandia

651-433-4358 or fax 651-433-4652

www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/3226/

email: hmcf@mailcity.com

"Arts in Agriculture and the Environment" art camp is offered from June through August. The four-day art camps feature four artists of different disciplines each day. Children create four projects each day and host an art show. Cost is $150 per session and includes all materials, snacks, instruction, and t-shirt.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

24 North Third Street, Mpls

612-338-3634

www.mnbookarts.org

Youth Tours

Introductions to papermaking, letterpress printing or bookbinding, with hands-on activities. Tues. - Weds. 8 AM- 6 PM. Group size limited, adults requires. $2.00 each, minimum $40.00. Custom Youth tours also arranged.

Book Arts on Tour

A traveling exhibit of handmade books featuring examples of traditional and non-traditional bindings. Rental fee $100.00 plus outgoing shipping costs.

Artists in the Schools

Book and literary artists working in the schools to link book arts and academics. 7-day residences $2500-3500, with four scholarships per year. Custom Artists in the Schools also arranged.

For information call Ellen L. Ferrari, Youth Programs Coordinator.

Northern Clay Center

2424 Franklin Ave E, Mpls

612-339-8007

Become an artist! Learn to throw pots on the wheel or make hand-built sculpture. Family, adult, teen, and kids classes are offered. Or, celebrate your special day with a memorable clay event. In just two hours, create a masterpiece out of clay and glaze it. Projects include treasure boxes, mugs, animals, or anything else you can dream up.

SPORTS & FITNESS

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Eden Prairie

651-690-0101

www.my-gym.com

My Gym Children's Fitness Center offers age-appropriate exercise and play programs for children ages three months through nine years old. Our programs are designed to enhance strength, balance, flexibility, motor skills, and self-esteem in a non-competitive, fun, loving, and social environment. Ask about our extra-special Birthday Parties.

ACADEMIC

American Field Service (AFS)

2356 University Ave W, St. Paul

651-647-6337

www.afs.org/usa

American Field Service (AFS), the oldest student exchange organization, provides a school, home and community exchange in the US and in over 50 foreign countries. Students may participate in summer, year and semester exchanges abroad, including post-secondary and community service experiences. Call 1-800-AFS-INFO.

Annunciation Catholic School

525 W 54th St, Mpls

612-823-4394

www.annunciationmsp.org

75+ years of educational excellence. Annunciation is a K-8 Catholic School that features: superior academics, a respectful Christian environment, gifted/enrichment programs, networked computers in lab and classroom, outstanding athletic program, innovative creative arts and art appreciation program, year-round on-site extended daycare, and Kindergarten Plus+, an optional all day program. Tours by appointment-please call the school office.

The Bureau of Family Opinion

612-591-2702

Looking for a fund-raising idea? Whatever your non-profit group's fund-raising goal, we can help you get closer to it through food-related research. If interested, please call us. Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm.

Club Z! In-home Tutoring Service

612-475-3150

Club Z! In-home Tutoring Service, a national provider of supplementary educational services and products is the only educational company which focuses on in-home tutoring. Club Z! tutors are located all over the Twin Cities offering free assessmants with a matched tutor in the convenience of your own home. Flexible scheduling, curriculums and payment plan. No long term contracts. Very reasonable rates.

Cyber Village Academy

1336 Energy Park Drive

St. Paul, MN 55108

651-523-7170

www.cva.k12.mn.us

Cyber Village Academy's mission is to provide children with a highly personal and continuous connection to learning. CVA addresses the needs of seriously ill children whether they are in school, homebound or in the hospital. CVA also addresses the needs of children who need an additional educational option, which has previously been unavailable.

Harvest Moon

Community Farm

14363 Oren Rd N, Scandia

651-433-4358 or fax 651-433-4652

www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/3226/

email: hmcf@mailcity.com

Our field trips educate 7-11 year olds about agriculture, nature, creative expression, and cooking. Four-hour trips include instruction, materials and guest speakers about three topics. One-week experiences include all of the above for 15 topics. Daily field trips cost $30 per child and weekly field trips cost $175 per child.

Minnesota Higher Education Services Office

1450 Energy Park Drive Suite 350 St Paul MN 55108

1-800-657-3866

www.mheso.state.mn.us

Whether it's for you or your children, paying for higher education can be difficult. We can help. Our free publications and presentations can help you prepare academically, financially, and socially for college. Call us for information to help you get ready for higher education. You can afford it!

Minnesota Vision Therapy Center

7250 France Ave. S. #415, Edina,

612-844-0844

Does your child have the visual skills necessary to learn? One out of four children enters school without the visual skills necessary to read. Visual skills are learned, just like walking or talking. Visual problems can be corrected, and improvement in self-esteem, academic, and athletic performance can result. Call for information on a complimentary evaluation.

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul

651-221-9444

www.smm.org

The Science Museum offers learners of all ages the opportunity to discover their changing world through science. Options for children, teens and adults include classes, day camps, lectures, demonstrations, overnight camp-ins, trips, and birthday parties.

Step By Step Montessori Schools

7 locations-Edina, Chaska, Wayzata, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, St. Anthony Village

612-920-5457

Centers offer a strong Montessori curriculum to meet each individual child's needs.

LEARNING CENTERS

Bright Start Children's Centers

St. Paul, Mendota Heights, St. Louis Park, New Hope, Chanhassen

651-646-2825

We offer a year-round program servicing families with children ages six weeks to ten years. A wide variety of age-apprpriate activities are used to accommodate the child's capabilities and interests. We create an environment where children can learn by doing, develop relationships and where developmental growth is fostered.

Club Z! In-home Tutoring Service

612-475-3150

Club Z! In-home Tutoring Service, a national provider of supplementary educational services and products is the only educational company which focuses on in-home tutoring. Club Z! tutors are located all over the Twin Cities offering free assessments with a matched tutor in the convenience of your own home. Flexible scheduling, curriculum and payment plan. No long term contracts. Very reasonable rates.

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

Lanesboro, MN

507-467-2437

www.eagle-bluff.org

Eagle Bluff offers family get-away weekends seven times a year. Activities are designed to involve parents and their children in hands-on, outdoor learning experiences. These include canoeing, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, Tree Tops high ropes course, climbing wall, and many more. Meals, lodging and evening entertainment are included in one family package price. Discounts available for educators.

Edina Family Center: A Community Education Service of the Edina Public Schools.

5701 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55424

612-928-2642

www.edina.k12.mn.us

Provides ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) for families and their children birth to kindergarten. Other learning opportunities: preschool days with an ECFE class, occasional childcare, school readiness, and a referral service. Mission: improve the quality of family life by strengthening families with support, services, and parent education.

LDA Learning Center

4301 Hwy 7 #160, Mpls

612-922-8374

LDA has been helping people of all ages with learning disabilities and related learning difficulties, including AD/HD, for more than 30 years. Services include LD assessment, 1 to 1 and small group tutoring, parent workshops and consultations.

Minneapolis Planetarium

300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls

612-630-6150

http://ast1.spa.umn.edu/Outreach/planetarium.html

Fantastic stargazing that's out of this world! Star shows for kids of all ages. Tour the solar system! Explore the galaxy. The universe is for everyone.

THEATER

Children's School of Expression

18125 19th Ave N, Plymouth

612-404-1484

Theatre and speech for ages 5-15. Students learn drama, public speaking, poise and etiquette. Our unique curriculum called "Express Yourself!" builds confidence and self-esteem. Locations in Plymouth, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka and Wayzata. Award-winning school, established in 1978. Director/Teacher: Kathryn Hume.

StageCoach Theatre Arts Schools

Edina, Minnetonka, St. Paul

612-929-1991

www.stage-school.com

For three hours each week your child or teenager can be part of a fun-packed, educational leisure activity based on the performing arts. StageCoach teaches the skills they need to act, dance and sing. These skills don't disappear when they come off the stage. StageCoach training is a training for life.

Stages Theatre Company

1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins

612-979-1123

www.stagestheatre.org

Stages Theatre Company is a leading provider of quality acting classes and workshops for kids ages 4-17. The theatre's popular program provides youth and children with a variety of skill-building opportunities that are fun and entertaining. Stages Theatre Company serves families throughout the metro area. Call for more information.

CLUBS

Harvest Moon
Community Farm

14363 Oren Rd N, Scandia

651-433-4358 or fax 651-433-4652

ainForest/Canopy/3226/
email: hmcf@mailcity.com

The Beekeeping Program welcomes children, teens and adults year-round. It's great for 4-H, Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups. Each month, learn about the set-up and maintenance of hives and harvesting of honey. Speakers conduct presentations and hands-on lessons about ways to use honey and beeswax in cooking and crafts.

LESSONS/CLASSES

Camp Fire Boys & Girls

2610 University Ave W, St. Paul

651-647-4407

www.camp-fire.org

Camp Fire - a co-ed youth development organization working together with family and community instilling values and social responsibility in youth while promoting fun! Camp Fire offers after-school enrichment, camping and self-reliance life skill opportunities. Call for more information.

Children's Yamaha Music School

Edina & Roseville

612-339-2255

Studies prove that the ideal time to begin formal music training is when the ear is the most receptive, between the ages of 3 1/2 -6. Children's Yamaha Music School offers basic musicianship and keyboard instruction for children 3 1/2 and up. Age appropriate activities include: music appreciation, singing (utilizing solfege techniques), keyboard playing, rhythm activities, movement, pitch recognition, note reading and writing, ensemble participation and musical games. Enroll now for the beginnings of a lifetime of musical enjoyment!

Gymboree Play and Music

5011 Ewing Ave, 50th & France, Edina

612-922-1555

www.gymboree.com

At Gymboree Play and Music we've been playing - and learning! - with newborns, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents for more than 20 years. We transform colorful playscapes, creative activities, high energy teachers, and the enthusiasm of parents into a fun-filled program that supports your child's healthy development.

Harvest Moon

Community Farm

14363 Oren Rd N, Scandia

651-433-4358 or fax 651-433-4652

www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/3226/

email: hmcf@mailcity.com

Harvest Moon offers year-round classes for children, teens and adults. Topics include: organic gardening and agriculture, cooking (using organic produce, canning, cheesemaking, herbs), beekeeping, the arts (papermaking, bookbinding, basketmaking, drawing, painting), "old-fashioned" skills (candlemaking, soapmaking, quilting), voluntary simplicity, and deep ecology. Please call for a class list and registration information.

Harvest Moon

Community Farm

14363 Oren Rd N, Scandia

651-433-4358 or
fax 651-433-4652

www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/3226/

email: hmcf@mailcity.com

Does your 7-11 year old want to learn about farm animals, nature, the arts, gardening, cooking, and "old-fashioned" skills like candlemaking, cheesemaking and soapmaking? Our Farm School, which runs from June through August, 9-3, is a fun four-day camp. Cost is $185 (includes projects, snacks, t-shirt, and 300-page activity book).

RIVERCITY TAEKWONDO and PINE TREE TAEKWONDO

Chaska, St Paul, Brooklyn Center

612-368-4864 or 612-203-7454

Our programs provide a wide range of benefits including self-defense, fitness, personal growth & development, and possible Physical Educational Accreditation for homeschoolers. Programs are available for all ages and we have several locations throughout the metro area. Start your warrior's journey today.

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul

651-221-9444

www.smm.org

The Science Museum offers learners of all ages the opportunity to discover their changing world through science. Options for children, teens and adults include classes, day camps, lectures, demonstrations, overnight camp-ins, trips, and birthday parties.

NURSERY SCHOOLS

City of Lakes Waldorf School

2344 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis

612-874-0264

Located in the heart of the city, the City of Lakes Waldorf School offers a comprehensive academic, artistic and physical education program in a structured, non-competitive environment for students in nursery through grade eight. The Waldorf curriculum meets and unfolds the child's developmental stages with the philosophy to educate "the head, the heart and the hands." Although nondenominational, Waldorf education strives to nurture the child's spiritual nature. This curriculum, which includes languages, handwork, woodwork, games (physical education), is in use at 700 Waldorf schools worldwide. The school is entering its eleventh year. For more information, please call Angie Hipp.

Grace Neighborhood Nursery School

1430 W 28th St, Mpls

612-872-8131

Over 30 years a neighborhood tradition. Ages: 2 years 9 months-start of Kindergarten. Non-sectarian, multi-cultural curriculum. Morning and afternoon classes available. "We teach the way children learn."

PRESCHOOLS/MONTESSORIS

Arc-En-Ciel

Eden Prarie

612-944-1930

http://home.cwix.com/~veronique.noel@cwix.com

Arc-En-Ciel is a unique French Immersion Preschool and Kindergarten program. Children absorb a language rather than learn it. The school offers a warm and friendly environment reinforcing the students' creativity and developing their imagination while facilitating the academic learning process. The program is similar to the curriculum taught in Preschool in France. Teachers are French native speakers. The school will expand the program to 1st grade as early as Fall 2000. Accreditation by the French Ministry of Education is expected sometime in 2001. Registration is already open for Fall 2000 (children up to seven). Call Veronique Noâl.

Classical Academy

5925 W. Lake St., St. Louis Park, MN 55417

612-928-0595

Classical Academy is a private, non-sectarian school founded in 1992. Currently located in St. Louis Park, and re-locating to Plymouth in Nov. of 1999, we serve students pre-K through grade 8. We offer small class sizes, and a strong academic foundation in a nurturing environment.

Concordia Early Learning Preschool

1355 Pierce Butler Rte, St. Paul

651-644-5378

www.celp.charter.k12.mn.us

CELP offers part/full time preschool for ages 3-5. Our highly qualified creative staff have developed a program focusing on children and their families. Children take control of their learning by choosing activities and materials to use from a varied and planned thematic environment as they play and learn together.

Early Childhood Family Education & School Readiness

Statewide through public schools

800-KIDS-709

www1.minn.net/~ecfe

Programs for parents and children ages birth to Kindergarten. Classes, field trips and special events offered day and evening. Located throughout Minnesota. All families welcome. No one will be denied participation due to in ability to pay.

Early Years Educational Placement Services

2284 Highland Pkwy #305, St. Paul

651-698-4872

Early Years helps families like yours find an environment that best fosters your child's unique learning style. First, I'll talk with your child to assess his or her needs. Then, I'll visit the preschools, talk to the proper people and collect the necessary information. Finally, I'll sit down with you to discuss the options I've carefully chosen for your children and why. To learn more about Early Years, please call me.

The International School of Minnesota

6385 Beach Rd, Eden Prairie

(SE corner of Hwys 494 & 62)

612-941-3500

www.ism-sabis.net

The International School of Minnesota is a private, fully accredited, non-sectarian college preparatory school established in the US in 1985. As a member of the SABIS(r) school network of schools (founded in 1886) ISM is part of a world-wide system committed to academic excellence at every grade level. A strong core curriculum from elementary through high school provides all our students with a world class education. Scholarships are available for grades 6-12. Admissions representatives can be reached at above number.

St. Croix Academy

177 Neal Ave. N., West Lakeland Township

(651)436-3603

www.info@stcroixacademy.mn.org

St. Croix Academy is an independent, non-profit, Montessori school for children 18 months through early elementary. The Montessori approach to learning recognizes that the child's mind absorbs whatever is within one's environment. Hence, there is a great attention paid to crafting the child's environment for optimal, natural, joyful self-paced learning. At SCA children experience the delight of discovery and the satisfaction of mastering skills.

Step By Step Montessori Schools

7 locations-Edina, Chaska, Wayzata, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, St. Anthony Village

612-920-5457

Centers offer a strong Montessori curriculum to meet each individual child's needs.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS-ELEMENTARY

Camp Fire Boys & Girls

2610 University Ave W, St. Paul

651-647-4407

www.camp-fire.org

Camp Fire - a co-ed youth development organization working together with family and community instilling values and social responsibility in youth while promoting fun! Camp Fire offers after-school enrichment, camping and self-reliance life skill opportunities. Call for more information.

Community of Peace Academy

471 Magnolia Avenue East, St. Paul

651-776-5151

e-mail: bonniej@ties.k12.mn.us

At this K-12 public charter school, the desired outcome is to educate the whole-person-mind, body, and will-- for peace, justice freedom, compassion, wholeness and fullness of life for all. Diversity is valued and a non-violent perspective is intentionally taught. Currently enrolling grades K-9. Come and grow with us!

Eden Prairie Schools

8100 School Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

612-975-7000

www.edenpr.k12.mn.us

A leader in offering a wide variety of parent education opportunities for families of pre-schoolers, as well as for parents of K-12. Our offerings include speakers, panels, & classes. Call us at 612-975-6980 or check out our website for more information.

Independent School District 197

1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights

651-681-2300

www.206.131.108.102/inmax.html

Quality community and public education for students of all ages, needs and interests.

Minneapolis Public Schools

807 NE Broadway, Mpls

612-668-0230

www.mpls.k12.mn.us

The Minneapolis Public Schools, the largest school district in Minnesota, offers school choice at all grade levels. Families may choose community or magnet schools, with at least ten school options available for kindergarten families. The school district provides students with a truly international education that will better prepare them for life in a global community. More than 8,000 students who are currently learning English also speak another language at home. While many districts are cutting funding for arts programs, 31 Minneapolis Public Schools have received a $3.2 million Annenberg Challenge Grant to integrate the arts throughout the curriculum, a strategy that has been shown to improve academic achievement. Only Minneapolis, New York City and the Getty Education Institute's consortium have received these prestigious Annenberg grants focusing on the arts, Students in Minneapolis benefit from strong corporate partnerships with Green Mills, Inc; Cargill, Incorporated, Dayton Hudson Corporation, The Pillsbury Company, the Walker Art Center and US Bancorp Piper Jaffray. In the 1998-99 school year, 54 Minnepolis students were named National Merit Scholars and 62 students were International Baccalaureate graduates.

Saint Paul Public Schools

Saint Paul/69 schools

(651) 293-5100 (General Information)

www.spps.org

Saint Paul Public Schools offer a range of educational choices. Families can choose from neighborhood schools, magnet/specialty schools, year-round schools, language immersion programs, schools where students wear uniforms, extended-day programs, adult learning sites, Learning Readiness programs and more. For information, visit our web site at www.spps.org, or call (651) 293-5100.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS-JUNIOR/HIGH

Community of Peace Academy

471 Magnolia Avenue East, St. Paul

651-776-5151

e-mail: bonniej@ties.k12.mn.us

At this K-12 public charter school, the desired outcome is to educate the whole-person-mind, body, and will-- for peace, justice freedom, compassion, wholeness and fullness of life for all. Diversity is valued and a non-violent perspective is intentionally taught. Currently enrolling grades K-9. Come and grow with us!

PRIVATE SCHOOLS-ELEMENTARY

Annunciation Catholic School

525 W 54th St, Mpls

612-823-4394

www.annunciationmsp.org

75+ years of educational excellence. Annunciation is a K-8 Catholic School that features: superior academics, a respectful Christian environment, gifted/enrichment programs, networked computers in lab and classroom, outstanding athletic program, innovative creative arts and art appreciation program, year-round on-site extended daycare, and Kindergarten Plus+, an optional all day program. Tours by appointment-please call the school office.

Camp Fire Boys & Girls

2610 University Ave W, St. Paul

651-647-4407

www.camp-fire.org

Camp Fire - a co-ed youth development organization working together with family and community instilling values and social responsibility in youth while promoting fun! Camp Fire offers after-school enrichment, camping and self-reliance life skill opportunities. Call for more information.

City of Lakes Waldorf School

2344 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis

612-874-0264

Located in the heart of the city, the City of Lakes Waldorf School offers a comprehensive academic, artistic and physical education program in a structured, non-competitive environment for students in nursery through grade eight. The Waldorf curriculum meets and unfolds the child's developmental stages with the philosophy to educate "the head, the heart and the hands." Although nondenominational, Waldorf education strives to nurture the child's spiritual nature. This curriculum, which includes languages, handwork, woodwork, games (physical education), is in use at 700 Waldorf schools worldwide. The school is entering its eleventh year. For more information, please call Angie Hipp.

Classical Academy

5925 W. Lake St., St. Louis Park, MN 55417

612-928-0595

Classical Academy is a private, non-sectarian school founded in 1992. Currently located in St. Louis Park, and re-locating to Plymouth in Nov. of 1999, we serve students pre-K through grade 8. We offer small class sizes, and a strong academic foundation in a nurturing environment.

Friends School of Minnesota

1365 Englewood Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104

651-917-0636

ISACS-accredited Quaker school K-8th. Friends School features small class sizes, an emphasis on cooperative learning and a multicultural curriculum. Math and Science programs are hands-on and project based. Our conflict resolution program, along with a commitment to building a nurturing community provide an environment for students to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

Hopkins School District 270

1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, MN 55305

612-988-4000

www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

Hopkins School District 270 serves all or portions of seven western suburban communities. It has seven elementary schools, four community centers, and is a major tenant in a multi-disciplinary community arts facility.It has an established tradition of education, excellence, and community support.

The International School of Minnesota

6385 Beach Rd, Eden Prairie

(SE corner of Hwys 494 & 62)

612-941-3500

www.ism-sabis.net

The International School of Minnesota is a private, fully accredited, non-sectarian college preparatory school established in the US in 1985. As a member of the SABIS(r) school network of schools (founded in 1886) ISM is part of a world-wide system committed to academic excellence at every grade level. A strong core curriculum from elementary through high school provides all our students with a world class education. Scholarships are available for grades 6-12. Admissions representatives can be reached at above number.

Minneapolis Jewish Day School

4330 Cedar Lake Road, Mpls

612-374-5650

wmoylan@mjds.pvt.k12.mn.us

A 1998-99 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. MJDS provides academically challenging and developmentally appropriate curricula in general and Jewish studies in which students feel positive about themselves and others. MJDS reflects and teaches respect for the diversity of Jewish life, resulting in a true community day school.

Prairie Creek Community School

27695 Denmark Ave, 7 miles N of Northfield, MN on Hwy 3, then Co Rd 86 W one mile

507-645-9640 or 651-688-8667

www.nco.northfield.mn.us./pccs/pccs2.html

Prairie Creek Community School is an independent, non-sectarian school. PCCS offers one of the best and most affordable educations available. PCCS fosters learning as an integrated and joyful process of discovery. PCCS offers programs for Pre-K through eighth grade.

Spring Hill School - A Waldorf Initiative

865 N. Ferndale Rd, Wayzata

612-449-0040

Contact: Kacey Rasmussen

Set in a beautiful outdoor environment, Spring Hill draws students from

the western suburbs and beyond. Waldorf's 80 year history with an

integrated curriculum focuses on meeting changing developmental stages of children: physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Drama,

music, art, handwork and foreign languages are richly woven with

academics.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS-JUNIOR/HIGH

Academy of Holy Angels

6600 Nicollet Ave S, Richfield

612-798-2600

www.ahastars.org

The Academy of Holy Angels is a private Catholic high school serving approximately 750 students in Richfield, a southern suburb of Minneapolis. Holy Angels is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. Its mission is to teach, guide and motivate students from diverse populations.

Benilde-St.Margaret's School

2501 Hwy 100 South, St. Louis Park, MN

(612) 927-7709

www.bsm-online.org

A 1998 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Benilde-St.Margaret's (Catholic school grades 7-12) offers students a challenging college preparatory curriculum and further enriches the learning experience through a strong extra-curricular program. The school has an enrollment of 1,050. The school also recently received a national service learning award and has received recognition for its Advanced Competitive Science Program.

City of Lakes Waldorf School

2344 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis

612-874-0264

Located in the heart of the city, the City of Lakes Waldorf School offers a comprehensive academic, artistic and physical education program in a structured, non-competitive environment for students in nursery through grade eight. The Waldorf curriculum meets and unfolds the child's developmental stages with the philosophy to educate "the head, the heart and the hands." Although nondenominational, Waldorf education strives to nurture the child's spiritual nature. This curriculum, which includes languages, handwork, woodwork, games (physical education), is in use at 700 Waldorf schools worldwide. The school is entering its eleventh year. For more information, please call Angie Hipp.

Concordia Academy

2400 N Dale St, Roseville

651-484-8429

www.concordia-academy.pvt.k12.mn.us

The mission of Concordia Academy provides for Christian learning opportunities that nurture academic excellence, invite spiritual growth, foster mutual respect, encourage responsibility, build self-worth, and equip young people for service as faithful Christian disciples through the empowering gospel of Jesus Christ. Concordia is a 9-12 college-prep school.

Cretin-Derham Hall, 550 S. Albert St., St. Paul, MN 55116

(651) 690-2443

Cretin-Derham Hall is a co-educational Catholic high school. A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, CDH is committed to Christian values and to academic excellence, educating young men and women of diverse abilities, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. A comprehensive school, CDH offers a varied curriculum of more than 180 courses. New and upgraded facilities, small class sizes and highly qualified teachers provide a strong educational environment.

De La Salle High School

One De La Salle Dr, Mpls

612-379-1105

www.delasalle.com

Located on Minneapolis' historic Nicollet Island since 1900, "De" is a Catholic, co-educational college preparatory high school. Currently serving students from over 65 Twin Cities grade schools, the enrollment at De has grown to a 27 year high of 530 students. Over 40 percent matriculated to college during the 90s. The most diverse student body of any Minnesota private high school is called to common focus on Faith, prayer, service, academic excellence, and extra-curricular participation. Please call for open house information.

Friends School of Minnesota

1365 Englewood Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104

651-917-0636

ISACS-accredited Quaker school K-8th. Friends School features small class sizes, an emphasis on cooperative learning and a multicultural curriculum. Math and Science programs are hands-on and project based. Our conflict resolution program, along with a commitment to building a nurturing community provide an environment for students to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

Hopkins School District 270

1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, MN 55305

612-988-4000

www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

Hopkins School District 270 serves all or portions of seven western suburban communities. It has seven elementary schools, four community centers, and is a major tenant in a multi-disciplinary community arts facility.It has an established tradition of education, excellence, and community support.

The International School of Minnesota

6385 Beach Rd, Eden Prairie

(SE corner of Hwys 494 & 62)

612-941-3500

www.ism-sabis.net

The International School of Minnesota is a private, fully accredited, non-sectarian college preparatory school established in the US in 1985. As a member of the SABIS(r) school network of schools (founded in 1886) ISM is part of a world-wide system committed to academic excellence at every grade level. A strong core curriculum from elementary through high school provides all our students with a world class education. Scholarships are available for grades 6-12. Admissions representatives can be reached at above number.

Lutheran High School of Greater Minneapolis

8201 Park Ave S, Bloomington (just south of I-494 & Portland Ave)

612-854-0224

www.lutheranhighschool.com

Lutheran High School's Christ-centered, quality education includes a challenging academic program, full range of extra-curricular activities, low student-teacher ratio (12:1 in 1998-99), bussing program, financial aid program, and commitment to educating the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Join us for open houses on October 17 and January 23.

Watershed High School

3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis

612-827-0661

email: oneota@aol.com

Watershed High School employs the internationally celebrated developmentally-based Waldorf curriculum. Watershed maintains high academic standards in an environment that acknowledges the importance of the individual in community. Artistic work, community service and small class size enhance our 9-12 program. Tours available. Call Johanna Garcia for information.

ADULT CONTINUING ED

Concordia University
Saint Paul

275 Syndicate St N, St. Paul

651-641-8863

Education for working adults is a continuous pursuit. Complete your Bachelor of Arts Degree in as few as 15 months and master the lifelong learning skills that advance careers. One evening per week; convenient locations and schedules; financial aid available; certificate programs. Please join us for an informational meeting to learn more about Concordia College and our degree completion programs.

Harvest Moon

Community Farm

14363 Oren Rd N, Scandia

651-433-4358 or fax 651-433-4652

www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/3226/

email: hmcf@mailcity.com

Harvest Moon's voluntary simplicity group meets for seven evening sessions. Participants learn the meaning of simplicity, living more with less, restucturing one's time, and how lifestyle choices affect the condition of the Earth. Please call for registration information. (Also see Lessons/Classes for Harvest Moon's classes in agriculture, cooking and art.)

Harvest Moon

Community Farm

14363 Oren Rd N, Scandia

651-433-4358 or fax 651-433-4652

www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/3226/

email: hmcf@mailcity.com

Harvest Moon's deep ecology group meets for eight evening sessions. Participants discover how personal values affect our treatment of the Earth, Native American wisdom, simplicity, ecopsychology, and how the arts can express appreciation for the Earth. Please call for registration information. (See Lessons/Classes for our classes in agriculture, cooking and art.)

Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented

5701 Normandale Rd, Mpls

612-927-9546

A state-wide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting better understanding of, and educational services for, gifted and talented children by providing information, literature, referral services, bi-monthly newsletter, topical seminars, annual state conference with special children's program, local chapters, and advocacy at all levels. Members: parents, educators and other professionals.

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul

651-221-9444

www.smm.org

The Science Museum offers learners of all ages the opportunity to discover their changing world through science. Options for children, teens and adults include classes, day camps, lectures, demonstrations, overnight camp-ins, trips, and birthday parties.

Homeschool

Minnesota Homeschooler's Alliance

PO Box 23072, Richfield, MN 55423

612-288-9662

www.homeschoolers.org

MHA is a statewide, non-political, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization providing information and support to homeschoolers. We host a variety of events, including workshops, family dances, and teen events. We also sponsor a booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Members receive a "How To" handbook and quarterly newsletter.

Back to School Health Care

Dentistry for Children & Adolescents Drs. King, Elgethun, Greenwood, Schuette, and Shaw

Centennial Lakes Medical Ctr., 7373 France Ave. S. #402, Edina 612-831-4400

Ridge Point Medical Bldg., 14050 Nicollet Ave. S. #100, Burnsville 612-435-4102

Children's West Professional Office, 6060 Clearwater Dr. #210, Minnetonka 612-932-0920

FIRST AID FOR DENTAL EMERGENCIES-Knocked Out Permanent Tooth. Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown) not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it in its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Educational Resources

Young Audiences of Minnesota

416 Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St. Paul

651-292-3399

www.yamn.org

Young Audiences of Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the arts an essential part of every child's education and development. Through an extensive roster of professional artists, YA offers large group performances, workshops and residencies well-suited to school and community venues. Diverse cultures and artistic disciplines are represented. Subsidizing funding may be available for residency programs in schools. Call to receive a programming catalog.

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