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The Blake School Photo #1 - Our program emphasizes five core values for Middle School students to live by: Academic and personal honesty; Acceptance of others; Respect for peers, adults and the school facilities and environment; Responsibility toward self, others, the school and the surrounding community; Trust within the school community.
The Blake School Photo #2 - Early adolescence is an exciting period for children to discover what they can achieve. We provide numerous opportunities for students to excel as scholars, athletes and artists.
The Blake School Photo #3 - Educators at the Middle School, located on Blake's Hopkins campus, help some 340 students continue to thrive as they enter adolescence.
The Blake School Photo #4 - Whatever path students choose, they are guided by solid core values, a strong sense of purpose and a commitment to bettering themselves and their world.
The Blake School Photo #5 - Instruction in core academic subjects English language arts, mathematics, social studies and science places ever-greater emphasis on close reading, carefully crafted writing, critical thinking, social responsibility and creative problem-solving.
The Blake School Photo #6 - A carefully planned arts rotation ensures that all students receive instruction in visual arts and theatre while pursuing music throughout.
The Blake School Photo #7 - Lower School classrooms are intimate peer-learning communities.
The Blake School Photo #8 - Lower School instruction incorporates numerous collaborative projects and emphasizes the shared values of citizenship, respect for others, empathy and working together to solve problems.
The Blake School Photo #9 - The Lower School combines academic rigor with a nurturing, homelike and supportive environment.
The Blake School Photo #10 - Lower School students are a close-knit community of peers who become collaborators and friends.
  • Founded in 1900, The Blake School is an independent, coeducational day school (pre-k-12) with campuses in Minneapolis, Hopkins and Wayzata.
  • Blake provides a strong liberal arts education with a challenging curriculum that integrates academics, arts and athletics.
  • 1,367 students attend Blake, coming from more than 59 Twin Cities' communities.
  • Tuition: $18,135 - $32,895. Financial Aid: $7.8 million in need-based aid is awarded annually to approximately 23 percent of the student body.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1900
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesCosts vary by class, program and camp. More information at https://www.blakeschool.org/page.cfm?p=534.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students1366 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
35%
State avg.: 16%
Students by GradeThe Blake School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers137 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
55%
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses14 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Economics, English Literature, European History, French, Latin: Vergil and Caesar, Physics (three courses), Spanish, Statistics, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History,
Average SAT score1395
Average ACT score30
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 31 / rolling
Tuition NotesVaries by grade. In the current school year, Blake awarded $7.8 million in need-based financial assistance to 23 percent of the student body. See web site for tuition rates.
% on Financial Aid
23%
Acceptance Rate
52%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJoe Silvestri
Admissions AssociateBeth Pliego

Sports

Total Sports Offered18 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
DivingFencing,
FootballGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Nordic SkiingSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.19 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Archery, Art, Basketball, Chess, Lego, Math, Mucha Musica, Photography Club and Film Club, PreK Buddies, Robotics, Science and Engineering, Sign Language Club, Smartist Bears, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Yearbook Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, Orchestra

School Notes

  • The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten-grade 12, independent day school with a national reputation for academics. Students strive for excellence in athletics and the arts and are committed to improving their local and global community. Small classes of diverse students are united by innate curiosity. Students encounter thoughtfully prepared curriculum along with abundant opportunities for travel, service, sports and artistic endeavors while developing habits of mind that enable them to think critically, solve problems, empathize, create and make our world better.

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