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Alternative Schools
The Minneapolis Public School district is committed to providing a variety of opportunities to meet the needs of students. These programs provide a caring environment for students who need services beyond the traditional school day and during the summer to meet state and district standards. Students may be referred to alternative schools through one of the traditional Minneapolis public schools or students may choose to attend one of these schools. 

  • Longfellow Alternative High School
    Broadway ALC provides teenage girls who are pregnant or are already parenting with the special attention and resources needed to ensure students will graduate and be able to provide for their child.
    3017 East 31st St.
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
  • River Bend Education Center
    River Bend Education Center is a self-contained K-8 school. Self-contained schools serve students who have significant emotional, behavior and mental health needs that affect their academic and social progress. Students receive intensive individual academic and behavior management support.
    1510 Glenwood Ave.
    Minneapolis, MN 55405
  • Harrison Educational Center
    Harrison Education Center is a high school alternative Federal Setting IV self-contained program created to serve students between the ages of 14-18 years with severe emotional and behavioral needs.
    501 Irving Ave. N.
    Minneapolis, MN 55405
  • MPS Metro SJ
    MPS Metro SJ is a Residential/Shelter Program and Day Treatment Program that provides collaboration of mental health services provided by St. Joseph's Home for Children – Catholic Charities, with all educational services provided by the Minneapolis Public Schools. The Residential/Shelter Educational Program is located onsite at St. Joseph's Home for Children. The Day Treatment Program is located at the Wilder Complex, with the main entrance at Door 8. Both programs are referral based programs.
    • SJHC – Residential and Shelter Education Program - K-12 grade
      1121 E. 46th Street
      Minneapolis, MN 55407
    • Wilder – Day Treatment Program - K-8 grade
      932 East 34th Street Door 8
      Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • Transition Plus
    Transition Plus is a program designed to provide an adult environment for 18-21 year old young adults with disabilities and identified transition needs.
    3320 Elliot Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55407 (use door #16)

Contract Alternative Programs
Contract alternative schools are run by community agencies who hire staff and provide the facility. Their mission is to serve those students who've not found success in the traditional school model. Students attending Contract Alternative schools continue to be Minneapolis Public Schools students during their enrollment.

Leslie Lewandowski
Director of Contract Alternative Programs

School Name Phone Number Address Grades
American Indian OIC (AIOIC) Takoda Prep 612.341.3358
Ext. 158 
1845 East Franklin Ave.
Loring Nicollet
Alternative School
612.872.3626 1925 Nicollet Ave. S.
Menlo Park Academy High School 612.787.4016 
1700 Second St. NE.
MERC Alternative High School
2539 Pleasant Ave. S.
NaWayEe Center School
2421 Bloomington Ave. S.
PYC Arts and Technology High School
2210 Oliver Ave. N. 
Ronald McDonald House
 818 Fulton St. SE.
Tatanka Academy
1042 18th Ave. SE.
K - 3
Urban League Academy
2201 Blaisdell Ave.
VOA High School 612.375.0700 
924 19th Ave. S.