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Be awesome.

Academic Arts High School is a tuition-free charter PUBLIC school serving grades 9-12.  Located in West Saint Paul, we bring together environmental education and project-based learning to empower students.  Students learn about the world through exploration of their individual interests and completing projects that meet state academic standards.  Enroll today and be awesome with us!


Mission and Vision

Learn by doing. Embrace your place in the world. Prepare for the future. And make friends along the way.
— Mission of Academic Arts High School

At AAHS, our vision is a generation of young people who can navigate the world with the awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to make a positive impact.

In an increasingly complex time, it can be difficult to know the right path.  At AAHS, we focus on our strong community where we get to know each other as individuals, encourage each other when times get tough, hold each other accountable, and work together to succeed.  


We build our community on four pillars.  These pillars guide our decisions in everything from developing curriculum to hiring staff and setting our budget.  Our Pillars are what we value in education.  They are our promise to our students and community.  

Authentic Learning

Students learn by studying topics that interest them and apply to their lives (e.g. project-based learning, experiential days)

Environmental Education 

Students study environmental themes in their coursework (e.g. river tours with national park rangers, annual Audubon retreat)

Personal Relationships

Students develop real working relationships with classmates and staff (e.g. project advisories, student organizations)

Real-World Readiness

Students graduate from AAHS ready for life after high school. (e.g. senior life plan, internships, college applications)