Minnehaha Academy

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Minnehaha Academy
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Type Private, day
Religious affiliation(s) Evangelical Covenant Church
Established 1913
President Dr. Donna M. Harris
Faculty 88
Enrollment 832 total
286 Pre-K–5 (Lower School)
200 6–8 (Middle School)
346 9–12 (Upper School)
Average class size 18-24 students in Upper School, 18-24 in Middle School, 18-24 in Lower School
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Campuses 2 campuses along the Mississippi River in residential neighborhoods in south Minneapolis
Color(s) Red, White, and Black
Athletics Independent Metro Athletic Conference (IMAC)
Mascot Redhawks
Average SAT scores (mid 50% ranges for 2005) 629 verbal
628 math
Average ACT scores (mid 50% ranges for 2005) 27

Minnehaha Academy (often abbreviated MA) is a Christian private school in Minneapolis, Minnesota for students in preschool through 12th grade, and established in 1913. There are two campuses, the South Campus for preschool through 8th graders, and the North Campus, for 9th through 12th graders. It is a ministry of the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and is located in the Cooper and Longfellow neighborhoods on West River Parkway. The student body is drawn from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and throughout the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, as well as several international students.

The debate team took first place in the State Championship in 2013. Minnehaha is home to the 2014 Boys' State Track and Field State Champions, and the 2013 Boys' Basketball 2A State Champions. Minnehaha Singers were selected to perform at the Choral Arts Finale at Orchestra Hall in 2014. Minnehaha is one of three schools in the state chosen for the Cantus High School Choral Residence Program for the 14 -15 school year.[1] Theater productions have earned SpotLight awards from the Hennepin Theater Trust in 2014 and 2015 for Outstanding Overall Performance and Outstanding Performance by a Student Orchestra.[2]


Since 1913, Minnehaha has been located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the banks of the Mississippi River. Minnehaha was a high school serving grades 9–12 until 1972, when grades 7 and 8 were added. In 1981, the South Campus was purchased and a chapel was added. The Middle School was established with the addition of grade 6. The Lower School, grades 1–5, started in 1982. Kindergarten was added in 1985, and then preschool in 1995. The following year, Minnehaha expanded to another campus in Bloomington for preschool through grade 5. The new Athletic Center at North Campus was dedicated in 2002, and the new Chapel and Fine Arts Center in 2003. Renovation of the South Campus (lower and middle school) was completed in 2008. In the Spring of 2011, Minnehaha Academy consolidated its Bloomington Lower School Campus with its Lower School in Minneapolis.

The Minnehaha Academy educational program, which begins at the Lower School in preschool and goes through the Upper School in 12th grade, sends many students on to both Minnesota-based colleges and universities and many out-of-state schools. At M.A., class sizes generally range from 18-24 students.[citation needed]

85% of Upper School faculty members hold advanced degrees, 66% among Middle School faculty and 55% among Lower School faculty.[citation needed]

Minnehaha Academy is a member of the Independent Metro Athletic Conference & the Minnesota State High School League at the high school level and the South Side Youth Organization at the middle school level. Minnehaha Academy has withdrawn from the Tri-Metro Conference, effective in the fall of 2014. Students in Middle School and Upper School can select organized athletics including 25 varsity sports. 75% of Upper School students participate and 88% of middle school students participate in athletic programs. The girl's basketball team won the 2010 Class AA State Championship, while the boy's basketball team won the State Championship in 2013. Girl's soccer won state in 19989. Academically, Minnehaha features teams that compete in regional math and science tournaments, as well as a classical debate team. One of the partnerships on the debate team won the state title in 2012.[3]

Notable alumni


MA's yearbook is named "The Antler," with its Middle School counterpart the "Minneantler." MA's school newspaper is "The Talon," referring to the foot of the fictional Redhawk mascot. It is a member of the High School National Ad Network. Both the Talon and the Antler have won numerous high school journalism awards. MA's quarterly news publication for parents and alumni is called "The Arrow."


  1. http://www.cantussings.org/for-educators/cantus-high-school-residency/
  2. http://www.hennepintheatretrust.org/spotlight-musical-theatre-program
  3. (December 18, 2012) West school briefs: Minnehaha students win debate contest
  4. "Biographical Memoirs V.83 ( 2003 ) / Homer Dupre Hagstrum". Retrieved 4 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Biographies of the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court". Retrieved 4 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • Minnehaha Academy Website
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