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Why North Lakes Academy?

Top Ranked:  North Lakes Academy is ranked in the top 12% of MN districts and #1 in the geographical area according to  


Award Winning:  One of only 29 schools in Minnesota recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education as a High-Quality Charter School.  For NLA this is our 3rd year in a row to receive this award. This designation is based upon success in Academics, Finance, and Operations. Only 20 schools in the state have received this honor two years in a row.

Accomplished:  NLA has been Conference Champions in girls basketball, softball, and track and field; runners-up in boys basketball - while also receiving numerous sportsmanship awards.  We also offer Honors Band and Choir, Robotics, Debate and many student-led clubs.


Honored:  Consistently placed students at the state and national levels for National History Day. We had our 1st National Winner and 5 National Finalists for the 2018-19 school year and 14 of 14 state finalists medaled in their respective project areas. Debate celebrated their first-ever state competitor in 2017-18.

Experienced: In 2019-20, NLA celebrated 20 years in operation. This makes NLA one of the longest running charter schools in the Minnesota, and the entire country.

Rigorous: We offer dual-credit courses in math, language arts, science, social studies, computer science, and Spanish.  Both Advanced Placement (AP) and College-in-the-Schools (CIS) courses are offered on our campus taught by NLA staff.  Last year 80% of NLA students graduated with college credit in hand.

Innovative:  Computer Science literacy is in high demand. Our 5-12 CS curriculum provides students these skills. Our Becoming Curriculum prepares students both academically and socially, and emotionally to meet any challenge throughout school and life.

Growing:  NLA is now a K-12 charter school that is free to all students. Limited enrollment is open for all grades.

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