Minnehaha Academy

Minnehaha Academy Photo #1 - Students have the unique opportunity to design, build and send an experiment to the International Space Station. Minnehaha Academy is the only school in the Midwest with this program.
Minnehaha Academy Photo #1 - Students have the unique opportunity to design, build and send an experiment to the International Space Station. Minnehaha Academy is the only school in the Midwest with this program.
Minnehaha Academy Photo #2 - Through innovative curriculum and engaging co-curricular activities at Minnehaha Academy, your child will grow as his or her potential is cultivated in a caring, nurturing environment guided by Christian role models.
Minnehaha Academy Photo #3 - Learning at Minnehaha Academy is academically rigorous. We offer more Advanced Placement courses than any other private school in our state. Students are provided the curriculum to meet their academic goals – and challenge them to become problem solvers and deep thinkers.
Minnehaha Academy Photo #4 - Preschool is a dynamic time for young learners, and Minnehaha Academy's students participate in developmentally appropriate opportunities, acquiring new skills every day. We believe play is central for children as they are developing imagination, self-confidence, creativity and problem solving.
Minnehaha Academy Photo #5 - In the Lower School, we are committed to the development of the whole child – academically, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. Students in kindergarten through grade 5 embark on a journey that literally takes them around the world. Each grade focuses on a specific continent, where they learn about its culture, arts, society, politics, people and how that continent fits globally.
Minnehaha Academy Photo #6 - Comprising grades 6-8, at Minnehaha Academy, we want students to feel loved and empowered in a Christ-centered environment where they can become explorers, leaders and scholars. Middle schoolers at Minnehaha Academy thrive, not just survive, during this critical developmental period because our teachers embrace all the unique personalities and create an environment where there’s virtually no bullying. That sense of connection, safety and community allows every student to reach for their very best, while laying a strong foundation for high academic achievement.
Minnehaha Academy Photo #7 - At Minnehaha Academy, students in required and elective science classes are exposed to a variety of instructional strategies throughout the school year that are focused on teaching the student to improve his/her scientific thinking skills and to gain confidence in performing and evaluating the work of a scientist. Students in every science class are engaged in inquiry through student-designed, hands-on lab activities that supplement course content.
Minnehaha Academy Photo #8 - Through Bible study, regular chapel services, and the guidance of faculty and staff who know and love God, students are given a moral compass for their lives.
Minnehaha Academy Photo #9 - Athletics are an integral part of a well-rounded education at Minnehaha Academy. Like every activity and program, we promote athletics within an environment of building Christian character. Minnehaha gives everyone a chance to participate. We offer Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Middle School interscholastic teams.
We see the light that shines in each child.
Our calling is to cultivate curiosity and build confidence in each child so his or her light can shine bright in the world.
From the moment you arrive on campus you are part of a welcoming community that values academics, personal passions, and faith.
We encourage students to explore their gifts and talents as we support their development to become next generation thought leaders and change makers.
Find out how your child will shine at Minnehaha Academy!.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MN School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 895 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,896
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Minnehaha Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Minnesota for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
895 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade
Minnehaha Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
Number of AP Courses
18 courses
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus 1 & 2, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP Computer Science, AP English 11 & 12, AP European History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics C, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies for $15,810 for Kindergarten to $23,985 for Upper School. Bus service is available throughout the Twin Cities.
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer Camp costs depend upon camp program and class.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Michelle Ulland
Admissions Associate
Julia Stewart



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
17 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Amnesty International, Debate Team, Diversity Club, French Club, Friends of the Library, Journalism, Math Team, Prayer Warriors, Spanish Club, Student Interns, Tech Crew, Writer's Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Jazz Ensemble, Madrigal Singers

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramuerals, Table Tennis

School Notes

  • Minnehaha Academy is ranked #2 Christian private school in Minnesota.
  • Guided by a strong academic foundation, each student at Minnehaha has the opportunity to explore passions, gifts, and faith alongside teachers who see and value each person's potential.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Minnehaha Academy cost?
Minnehaha Academy's tuition is approximately $18,896 for private students.
Does Minnehaha Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Minnehaha Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Minnehaha Academy offer?
Minnehaha Academy offers 16 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling. Minnehaha Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Minnesota for most sports offered.
What is Minnehaha Academy's ranking?
Minnehaha Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Minnesota for: Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Minnehaha Academy?
The application deadline for Minnehaha Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Minnehaha Academy located?
Minnehaha Academy is located in the Cooper neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (13 reviews)
Minnehaha Academy is an excellent environment for any student to excel...it has challenging academics taught by teachers who LOVE to teach and want to see students learn the subjects and do well. Students can participate in just about anything - clubs, sports, arts - there are many opportunities to be involved and take on leadership roles. Because it's a smaller school, students don't have to 'specialize'' and can be an athlete AND an artist and try new activities and interests throughout their school years. We are thrilled with the positive impact Minnehaha Academy has had on our three children. They have grown academically, spiritually and become solid young adults.
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Minnehaha Academy is outstanding in every way - the academic rigor is top notch, the facilities and campus are beautiful, the integration of faith and learning teaches to the whole child - mind, body, and soul. The teachers are excellent and are masters in their subject areas. We''ve done our research, and in our opinion, there isn't a finer, more well-rounded private school in the Twin Cities. We feel so blessed that our children are able to get an education at such an outstanding school.
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I have had an amazing experience at Minnehaha! The students are so kind, and because of the small class sizes every grade feels like a family. Teachers have a really personal relationship with students, which helps students have a more personalized learning experience as well. I would highly recommend MA!
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I have been at Minnehaha for 10 years (since 1st grade), and absolutely love it here. I would recommend the school in a heartbeat to any prospective student. I have learned more than just academic skills at Minnehaha Academy; I have learned how to be a good teammate, leader, Christian and contributer to the community. Your education at Minnehaha is invaluable and worth every penny.
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I'm a current student at Minnehaha Academy and coming to this school has changed my life. The classes and the teachers really help to challenge you to do your very best and sacrifice a lot to help you have fun and succeed while being there. Everyone is very out going and very easy to get along with. I'm so glad I made the descion to Come here!
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Minnehaha Academy has given me He opportunity to flourish in all areas of my learning. Through immersing myself into the arts I was also able to keep up with many extracurriculars, sports, and the sciences.
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My eight years at Minnehaha Academy have been absolutely amazing. The academics are exceptional, and the teachers are very caring and work with each of us individually. Our new stem lab is the right place for experiments and sending them to space! All of the extracurriculars are superb! The beautiful singers, orchestra, and band have won many awards for the spectacular art and music we've all created. The best part of Minnehaha Academy is the welcoming feeling you receive from our community as you walk through our doors. Everyone has a place here at Minnehaha!
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As someone who attended Minnehaha Academy for 14 years, I can say that it truly is a place that is founded upon excellent academics, caring community, and staff/teachers that genuinely care very deeply for each student. They look so holistically at each individual, and constantly strive to develop each student to their maximum potential. This includes giving each student the ability to ask questions and walk their own faith journey, no matter what that looks like. I am grateful for the experience I had at Minnehaha Academy and know that my life would not be the same without it. It prepared me to be successful in college, and now as I pursue my Masters Degree, I am still using the tools that I developed while attending Minnehaha Academy. If you want a place for your child to truly belong, this is it.
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In looking at many schools, public and private, including Blake, Breck, SPA and more the thing that made the decision for me is seeing the faces of the kids. At Minnehaha Academy I saw smiles, real ones. While I was already convinced of the quality of academics, seeing happy kids made all the difference.
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Last year our son was enrolled for his first year (Pre-K4) at Minnehaha. I expected him to learn a lot, but I did not appreciate in advance how loving and nurturing his teachers and the school would be for him. His classroom was a safe place that he looked forward to each day and never once during the year was he late. He always looked forward to going and can't wait to return again this fall. It was the right place at the right time for him to start his life at Minnehaha Academy. He needed strong teachers that would love him and they did more than I could have ever expected. I am pleased to say that not only is my oldest enrolling in kindergarten this fall, but so is his three year old brother. I am grateful beyond words for the school, their teachers, classmates and parents who have been so warm and welcoming to me and my two boys.
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Awesome school that is worth every penny! I''d recommend Minnehaha to anyone for the great community, arts, athletics, and academics! Most of my lifelong friends are from Minnehaha and I learned many valuable life skills!
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I had an amazing experience for all of my 10 years at Minnehaha. While I graduated a few years ago, I still see my best friends. Minnehaha gave me life-long friends that most people do not find until they go to college. While a student at Minnehaha I knew that every teacher cared about me and wanted me to succeed. I never once felt judged or unwelcome from any staff member or teacher. Minnehaha prepared me for college. While others were struggling to write their first research paper, I had already completed one my senior year at Minnehaha. While others were trying to pass calculus at a college level, I had passed out of Calc 2. I was able to do these things because of Minnehaha. I truly believe that Minnehaha has made me the person I am, and I would never trade my Minnehaha experience for anything.
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My child has been at the school four years. It has been a wonderful experience. Every teacher is unique and brings a love of learning, a love of reading. The teacher student ratios are just right, and the kids are incredibly well behaved.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MN School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 895 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,896
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Minneapolis, MN is $10,233 for elementary schools and $16,699 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Minneapolis, MN is 82% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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