Partnership Academy is a Preschool-7th grade charter school with a seventeen year track record of academic success, innovative educational practices, social justice work, and fiscal responsibility. Started in partnership with Project for Pride in Living, the school began with a student body of around 100, predominantly African-American students from South Minneapolis and Richfield. Over time, the student body grew to its current size of 430 students and shifted to be over ninety-percent Latino, drawing from Richfield, Bloomington, and South Minneapolis.
As a learning community, Partnership Academy’s staff partner with families and stakeholders to ensure the school’s mission is lived out on a daily basis. This shared sense of commitment reduces the educational disparities that have contributed to Minnesota’s polarized system of education, which has long been defined by significant gaps separating white students from students of color. As professionals in the field of education, we believe these disparities can be lessened by providing opportunities for students to learn in culturally relevant ways that allow them to reach their best potential, to engage with the surrounding community through hands-on learning experiences, and to set ambitious goals for postsecondary education and employment.