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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
North Lakes Academy - Upper School is an above average, public, charter school located in Forest Lake, MN. It has 210 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
Average ACT
26
45 responses
AP Enrollment
8%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$81,603
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,076
National
$949
Median Home Value
$260,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Frozen 5 week,Homecoming,Snowball Dance,Prom
    43%
  • Homecoming, Pep Rallies, Spirit Week, etc.
    36%
  • Talent Show
    14%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
210
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.12 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses
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North lakes academy is a very welcoming environment. The students are great and the teachers are fun and friendly. They offer many opportunities through sports and academics. NLA does what they can for a charter school. They are excellent in preparing students for college. They greatly support AP and CIS courses, PSEO, and lending a hand in the community. NLA values people and their futures. NLA is a closely Knit community. We huskies consider each other family.
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I've attended several schools throughout my academic career. This is the first school since elementary that I've stayed at for at least 2 consecutive years. It's a small school with great teachers and really prepares students for post-secondary education. The staff is very accommodating to my needs and they reach out to students. I do wish that the school had more money, as it can't even afford an actual kitchen. Thanks to North Lakes Academy, I will keep some fond memories of school beyond graduation.
I attended North Lakes since 5th grade, the earliest grade they had at the time. They have since expanded to house an elementary school along with their middle school. NLA is a good small school, that keeps classes close-knit and fun. Downsides are a supreme lack of funding that will never be fixed as they do not allow themselves to grow past 66 students per grade. Attend if you wish for strong connections with teachers and fellow students, and do not mind constantly fundraising for all activities.