Providence Academy

15100 Schmidt Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55446-0166
     Tel: (763)258-2502
Grades: PK - 12 | 915 students
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Providence Academy is a private, Catholic college-preparatory school located at 15100 Schmidt Lake Road in Plymouth, a western suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Three schools under one roof, Providence Academy serves Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade with its lower school, sixth through eighth grade with its middle school and ninth through twelfth grade with its high school or upper school.
Rigorous academics are combined with faith and character development to prepare students' minds and spirits for life outside the classroom.
The words, “faith, knowledge and virtue”, best express the mission and philosophy of Providence Academy.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 2001

Student Body

Total Students 915 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Providence Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 78 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 77%
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Physics, Calculus II, College Latin Poetry, College Latin Prose, Honors Algebra I, Honors Algebra II, Honors Biology, Honors Calculus, Honors Geometry and Trigonometry, Honors Physics, Honors Pre-Calculus  
Average SAT score 1207
Average ACT score 27
Classroom Dress Code Formal

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 16 / Mar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $15,855
Tuition Notes 2013-2014 Tuition: PreK: $8,128 half day ($12,855 full day) K: $14,030 Grades 1-5: $15,225 Grades 6-8: $16,195 Grades 9-12: $16,555
% on Financial Aid 24%
Admissions Director Sarah Hogan
Admissions Associate Sally Nathe


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDiving,
Ice HockeySoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 21 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Boys Lacrosse, Business Club, Campus Ministry, Dead Directors Society, Drama/Theater, House System, Industrial Arts Club, Lincoln Society, Lions for Life, Math League, National Honors Society, Peer Tutoring, Sailing Club, Science Olympiad, Ski/Snowboard Club, Speech/Debate, Spirit Squad (Cheer), Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Theater Council and Drama Club, Writing Club Boys Lacrosse, Business Club, Drama/Theater, House System, Lions for Life, Math League, Peer Tutoring, Sailing Club, Speech/Debate, Writing Club, Campus Ministry,
Dead Directors Society,
Industrial Arts Club,
Lincoln Society,
National Honors Society,
Science Olympiad,
Ski/Snowboard Club,
Spirit Squad (Cheer),
Student Ambassadors,
Student Council,
Theater Council and Drama Club,

School Notes:

“I loved my time at Providence Academy, but I didn't realize how unique the school is until after I graduated...I found that I was more secure in my faith than the majority of my friends who went to other parochial schools, I was more prepared for the academic rigor of college than most of my friends who went to prestigious preparatory schools, and I was more able to make sound decisions and more capable of living on my own than nearly every one of my peers. I could not be more grateful for Providence's dedication to ‘Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue,’ as the commitment not only to academic development, but spiritual and moral development as well, truly prepared me for the world outside our beautiful yellow halls”. – a Providence graduate

Providence Academy seeks to enroll a student body that is:

  • Committed to learning
  • Of strong moral character
  • Multi-talented with a variety of interests
  • Enthusiastic about a faith-centered community
  • Interested in developing themselves to the fullest in faith, knowledge, and virtue

To be successful in the college-prep rigor at Providence Academy, admissions standards require students to have a transcript or report card showing academics at grade level or above. Students are expected to have a history of positive behavior. Siblings of current students are given priority placement if applications are received by the first round deadline in mid-January.

Admission Criteria

The Admissions Committee takes the following into consideration when evaluating students for admission*: 

  • aptitude
  • academic achievement and readiness
  • emotional and social development
  • motivation
  • interests, talents and extra-curricular activities and achievements
  • cooperation from the family in helping the school meet the needs of the student
  • ability of the school to meet the needs of the student
  • commitment of the student and the family to Christian education and formation

*Pre-Kindergarten students must have reached the age four by September 1 of the year of enrollment.

An applicant’s admissions file must have the following items to be considered complete and ready for review by the Admissions Committee: 

  • Parent and student application with $100 application fee (waived for online applications)
  • Transcript or report cards from the last two years**
  • Teacher recommendation/s** (one from a current teacher for grades Pre-K -5th; one from a Math plus one from an English teacher for grades 6 and above)
  • Parent and student interview
  • Assessment/Entrance exam (Providence Academy assessment for grades Pre-K-5th; ISEE testing for grades 6 and above)

To apply for admission, click here.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is West Lutheran High School (1.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Children's Workshop Montessori (2.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Children's Workshop Montessori (2.1 miles away)
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  • Plymouth
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    1.8 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 160 students                      
  • Minneapolis
    Children's Workshop Montessori
    Montessori School (Non-sectarian)
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    MinneapolisMN 55447
    Montessori School (Non-sectarian)
    2.1 mi | Gr. NS-K | 64 students                      
  • Plymouth
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    Special Program Emphasis (Non-sectarian)
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    PlymouthMN 55447
    Special Program Emphasis (Non-sectarian)
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    Maple GroveMN 55311
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    2.7 mi | Gr. PK-12 | 478 students                      

School Reviews

3 days ago
Providence Academy is such an incredible place. I attended PA for my high school years and was deeply impacted by their mission of educating the "Whole Person" through faith, knowledge and virtue. Not only did I receive a top-notch, college-prep education, but I also received so many other valuable things that helped develop my character and faith. These lessons will continue to impact my daily life for many years to come. I cannot wait to send my own children to Providence someday so that they can experience the same incredible education and formation that I received while attending this school!
- Posted by Student/Alumni
6 months ago
Simply put, I could not even begin to imagine my children at any other school. It is an excellent college preparatory school with excellent teachers and many choices, beyond just sports, to fit every child. We recently moved from a town and home we loved just to be closer to Providence. We have a child in each the lower, middle and upper schools. Not only are the academics excellent, but Providence goes beyond just book teaching. It teaches the whole person. I truly believe that my children are becoming not only educated in mind, but also in body and soul by attending this school. It is so heart warming to have a school that I not only feel comfortable with, but look forward to sending my children to everyday that teaches and embodies the same values we do in our home. It is not just me and my husband, my children love this school, too. My youngest son is new this year to Providence. Last year he would regularly complain about going to school. This year not only has he not complained, but also asked if he had to miss school for a cold. When I told him no, only if he had a fever, he replied with relief, "oh good!" What a great feeling as a parent!!
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
Providence Academy has been a God send to our family. True to its mission of faith, knowledge and virtue, our children have grown tremendously at PA.
- Posted by Parent

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