Marie Staffanson

Founded in 1900, The Blake School is an independent, coeducational day school (Pre-K-12) with campuses in Minneapolis (grades 9-12) and Hopkins (grades PK-8).
Blake provides a strong liberal arts education with a challenging curriculum that integrates academics, arts and athletics.
Approximatley1,330 students attend Blake, coming from more than 54 Twin Cities' communities.
Tuition: $19,915 - $39,045  Financial Assistance: $8.6 million in need-based assistance is awarded annually to approximately 25 percent of the student body.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MN School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 1,333 students
  • Acceptance rate: 52%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
1,333 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade
Marie Staffanson Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
157 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
Number of AP Courses
18 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, E & M, English Language, English Literature, European History, French Language & Culture, Latin Literature, Physics C, Physics I, Physics Mechanics, Spanish Language & Culture, Statistics, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Varies by grade. Blake annually awards more than 8.6 million in need-based financial assistance to approximately 25 percent of the student body. See website for tuition rates.
Summer Program Cost Notes
Program costs vary by camp, class and program.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Joe Silvestri
Admissions Associate
Megan Duncan



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess, Lego, Math, Robotics, Science and Engineering

Arts and Music Programs:

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery, Basketball, Swimming

School Notes

  • Now in its second century, Blake offers a rigorous education grounded in shared values - respect, love of learning, integrity, courage and a commitment to pluralism. Its three campuses in Hopkins, Minneapolis and Wayzata unite approximately 1,350 students served by 350 faculty and staff, creating a diverse and inclusive community.
  • Students become lifelong learners who make lasting contributions to the world. They develop the habits of the mind that enable them to think critically, solve problems, empathize, create and make our world better.
  • Blake helps students become thoughtful, well-rounded adults by providing a multifaceted education that includes excellent academics, comprehensive arts, outstanding athletics, diverse co-curriculars, immersive global programs and active community engagement.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Mark Dayton ’65 - U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 40th Governor of Minnesota, heir to Dayton's and Target Corporation, first husband of Alida Rockefeller Messinger
    • Poppy Harlow ’01 - American journalist, best known for her reporting at CNN and; CNN This Morning anchor
    • Dave Goldberg ’85 - Businessman, CEO of Survey Monkey
    • George Roy Hill ’39 - Oscar-winning director of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    • Dani Cameranesi ‘13 - American women's ice hockey forward, currently playing for the Minnesota section of the PWHPA. She made her debut for the US national women's team at the 2014 and was a forward for U.S. women's hockey team at 2018 Winter Olympics.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of Marie Staffanson?
The acceptance rate of Marie Staffanson is 52%, which is lower than the national average of 91%. Marie Staffanson's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Minnesota with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from Marie Staffanson?
Marie Staffanson famous alumni include: Mark Dayton ’65, Poppy Harlow ’01, Dave Goldberg ’85, George Roy Hill ’39 and Dani Cameranesi ‘13.
Does Marie Staffanson offer a summer program?
Yes, Marie Staffanson offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Marie Staffanson offer?
Marie Staffanson offers 18 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball. Marie Staffanson is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Minnesota for most sports offered.
What is Marie Staffanson's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Marie Staffanson?
The application deadline for Marie Staffanson is Jan. 31 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 31 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MN School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 1,333 students
  • Acceptance rate: 52%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Hennepin County, MN is $9,431 for elementary schools and $14,506 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Hennepin County, MN is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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