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|Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Evangelical Covenant Church|
|President||Dr. Donna M. Harris|
286 Pre-K–5 (Lower School)
200 6–8 (Middle School)
346 9–12 (Upper School)
|Average class size||18-24 students in Upper School, 18-24 in Middle School, 18-24 in Lower School|
|Student to teacher ratio||14:1|
|Campuses||2 campuses in residential neighborhoods in south Minneapolis|
|Color(s)||Red & White|
|Average SAT scores||629 verbal
628 math (mid 50% ranges for 2005)
|Average ACT scores (mid 50% ranges for 2005)||26.2|
Minnehaha Academy (often abbreviated MA) is a Christian private school in Minneapolis, Minnesota for students in preschool through 12th grade, and established in 1913. It is owned and operated by the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and is located in the Cooper and Longfellow neighborhoods. The student body is drawn from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and throughout the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, as well as several international students. Minnehaha Academy's sister school is C.S. Lewis Bilingual High School in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Since 1913, Minnehaha has been located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the banks of the Mississippi River. Minnehaha was a high school serving grades 9–12 until 1972, when grades 7 and 8 were added. In 1981, the South Campus was purchased and the Middle School was established with the addition of grade 6. The Lower School, grades 1–5, started in 1982. Kindergarten was added in 1985, and then preschool in 1995. The following year, Minnehaha expanded to another campus in Bloomington for preschool through grade 5. The new Athletic Center at North Campus was dedicated in 2002, and the new Chapel and Fine Arts Center in 2003. Renovation of the South Campus (lower and middle school) was completed in 2008. In the Spring of 2011, Minnehaha Academy consolidated its Bloomington Lower School Campus with its Lower School in Minneapolis.
The Minnehaha Academy educational program, which begins at the Lower School in preschool and goes through the Upper School in 12th grade, sends many students on to both Minnesota-based colleges and universities and many out-of-state schools including Savannah College of Art and Design, Bethel University, Saint Olaf College, Dartmouth, Carleton College, Georgetown, Princeton, Judson University, Illinois, The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, North Park University, Columbia International University, Normandale Community College, the Eastman School of Music, University of British Columbia, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound, Cornell, Yale, United States Air Force Academy, Westmont College, Stanford, and Wheaton College. At M.A., class sizes generally range from 18-24 students.
85% of Upper School faculty members hold advanced degrees, 66% among Middle School faculty and 55% among Lower School faculty.
Minnehaha Academy is a member of the Tri-Metro Conference & the Minnesota State High School League at the high school level and the South Side Youth Organization at the middle school level. Minnehaha Academy has withdrawn from the Tri-Metro Conference, effective in the fall of 2014. Students in Middle School and Upper School can select organized athletics including 25 varsity sports. 75% of Upper School students participate and 88% of middle school students participate in athletic programs. They are known for consistent winning seasons in girls' basketball (including the 2010 Class AA State Championship), boys' basketball (including state tournament appearances in 2010, 2011, and 2013, having won the AA State Championship in 2013), girls' soccer (including the 1998 Class AA State Championship and undefeated season), girls' softball (including a 2nd place finish in the 2009 class AA state tournament), baseball (section 4AA runners up in 2010 & 2011), cross-country, and Alpine Skiing (4 straight state tournament appearances for girls 2008–11 including two 3rd place finishes and 2 straight for boys 2009–10). The Cross Country team has seen successful recently, going to eight state meets in the last nine years, including a recent third place finish in 2011. Academically, Minnehaha features teams that compete in regional math and science tournaments, as well as a classical debate team. One of the partnerships on the debate team won the state title in 2012. The Minnehaha Academy Slalom ski team has sent the girls team to state the last 4 years, and the boys team to state 2 of the last 4. The Minnehaha boys' Nordic Ski team took third place in the state meet in 2011.
- Reynold B. Johnson (Class of 1925): Inventor
- Homer D. Hagstrum (Class of 193x): Elected to National Academy of Sciences
- C. Donald Peterson (Class of 1935): Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court, 1967–1986
- Philip Brunelle (Class of 1961): Classical musician and founder of music group VocalEssence
- Melody Beattie (Class of 1962): self-help author
- Rev. Mark Hanson (Class of 1964): Current Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and President of the Lutheran World Federation
- Joe Roche, (Class of 198x), Iraq War veteran and political commentator
- Amy Sannes (Class of 1995): Competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy
- Matt Kretzman (Class of 1998) : Plays keyboard for indie rock band Tapes 'n Tapes
MA's yearbook is named "The Antler," with its Middle School counterpart the "Minneantler." MA's school newspaper is "The Talon," referring to the foot of the fictional Redhawk mascot. It is a member of the High School National Ad Network. MA's quarterly news publication for parents and alumni is called "The Arrow."
- "Biographical Memoirs V.83 ( 2003 ) / Homer Dupre Hagstrum". Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- "Biographies of the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court". Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- Minnehaha Academy Website
- North Campus