B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    NG
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    NG
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
1336 Energy Park Dr
Saint Paul, MN 55108

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From Minnesota Connections Academy

Minnesota Connections Academy is a tuition-free, high-quality online public school serving K-12 students in Minnesota. The school, accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), provides students the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, diverse electives, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful learning opportunity.

Minnesota Connections Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
46%
Average SAT
Average ACT
25
36 responses
AP Enrollment
0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
NG
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Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,760
Free or Reduced Lunch
48%
33%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
36:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$29,377
Teachers in First/Second Year
20%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Minnesota Connections Academy Reviews

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From eighth to twelfth grade, I did high school online. I was introverted and cared more for grades than experience. If you don't want the full high school experience you were promised in sappy high school movies, online school is right for you. In my later years I became dedicated towards earning good grades to get into a good college. The teachers can help you work for that if you're willing to put in the work. I thought online school would be easy but I can actually say that Connections Academy was harder than my freshman year at St. Cloud State. You have to put in the work. It's a fast paced curriculum and very demanding. If you want it you need to work for it, you can't believe you can skip the "going" part of school. Show up, do your work, and DON'T CHEAT! You'll do great!
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In my experience as a student at connections academy, I was very impressed with the online teachers and counselors level of care and commitment. My parents were very impressed by the school's communication system which allowed them to keep track of my progress. We also appreciated the amount of field trips and opportunities to interact with the different students. I also greatly appreciated the flexibility of the online courses. My teachers were very helpful when I would fall a little behind on my assignments by helping me understand the material better with one on one live lesson sessions. The teachers and counselors were always very prompt with responding to emails. Sometimes they would respond within the hour. One of the only things I would change would be to add teacher evaluations at the end of the year. I feel this would help the students ensure they are getting the best education possible.
Don't be fooled by the three stars. I only put that there because, if you attend this school, you need to have a certain learning type and be accountable for your lessons and homework. Other than that, it's really great to be able to do school in your pajamas and have your own schedule. And...you can sleep in!