School History


School History

Minnesota Preparatory Academy is a multicultural National Preparatory High School created to address the opportunity gaps by not only developing innovative programs for young men & women of color in underserved communities in Minnesota and across the country but also to bring together hands on, grass roots programs based in education, athletics, trades and the arts.

These interventions focus on building core life and leadership skills through the use of education, athletics, trades and the arts.

All children have the talent and ability to be successful. Young men & women of color have a unique set of life experiences that is not being tapped. Setting higher expectations for our young men & women of color is critical to building stronger viable inner city communities. Creating an environment of mutual respect and understanding amongst all students, families, faculty and staff.

Unlike traditional high schools we’ve married the concepts of arts, athletics, education & mentorship. Through these components the conception of our accountability program was made. The last 12 years have been dedicated to sharping these concepts through a pilot program called ”Future Academic Ballers”.  ( FAB started in 2010 with 11 participants and has now risen to over 200 participants. The first 24 students have now graduated from high school and all are currently enrolled in college. Since Future Academic Ballers conception in 2010 we have evolved the concept pilot program into a full-blown national preparatory academy recognized as Minnesota Preparatory Academy. Going into our 4th year of existence, we have witnessed a number of challenges along the way. We are grateful for empowering collaborations that promote growth in not only our school but in the students and faculty we serve.

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