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Charter School & Academic Structure

Charter schools are public, tuition free schools, subject to all of the same academic and compliance requirements of more traditional public schools. Read below to learn more about charter schools and HSRA's academic structure.

What is a Charter School?

In Minnesota charter schools are tuition free independent public schools that are open to, and welcome all students no matter ability or need, and are governed and operated jointly by licensed teachers, parents and community members.

In 1991, Minnesota launched an initiative designed to unleash education from the conventions that limited educational achievement, choice and innovation. The initiative created "public charter schools" - independent public schools focused on improving academic achievement and creating new, different and innovative learning environments; teaching methodologies; assessments; accountability systems; and professional development opportunities for teachers.

Today, forty-one states and the District of Columbia and several foreign countries are part of the charter school movement. In the United States alone there are over 4,900 schools that enroll over 1.4 million young people.

Borrowed from the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools

HSRA Academic Structure

The academic structure of High School for Recording Arts combines daily mandatory courses in Language Arts and Mathematics with innovative, interdisciplinary courses and projects that connect traditional academics with dynamic, real-world learning. HSRA features both project-based and classroom learning, with teachers serving as facilitators and instructors. Each HSRA student has a personal learning plan, which is a highly individualized path to academic and personal growth. The personal learning plan is the cornerstone of the advisor/advisee relationship, which is a key component of student success.

HSRA graduates must meet all state requirements for graduation in addition to creating and presenting a portfolio consisting of summaries of learning in twelve core areas, as well as a college acceptance letter, completed FAFSA, documentation of post-high school plans, and samples of their work. Hallmarks of the HSRA experience are unique learning opportunities, authentic and creative engagement with business, government and non-profit entities, and the pursuit of individual and community interests.

Who goes to a Charter School?

Charter Schools are public schools open to all students, tuition free. Families and students choose charter schools for various reasons; often when traditional district public schools are not a suitable fit.

How do I get into a Charter School?

Registration for a charter school is uncomplicated. Parents/Guardians must fill out a registration form and other documents needed for attending a public school. There are no admission tests, mandatory contracts or auditions necessary for admission. However, if the school has reached it enrollment limit, the prospective student may be put on a waiting list and subject to a lottery. Exceptions are made for siblings of students already attending the school.

Charter Authorizer

High School for Recording Arts is authorized by Pillsbury United Communities (PUC). PUC co-creates enduring change toward a just society. PUC charter schools:
• Offer bold and innovative educational strategies
• Provide an environment that promotes respect for all students and their individual identities
• Engage students in academic and authentic learning opportunities, service learning, and personal development

Contact Information:

Samantha Diaz, Director
Pillsbury United Communities
Office of Public Charter Schools
1701 Oak Park Avenue North
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411

Larry McKenzie, Charter School Liaison website