Innovative Quality Schools


Venture Academy

Venture Academy was founded in 2011 by Jon Bacal and Verne Johnson, and joined in 2012 by Kerry Muse, who shared the belief that in the heart, mind, and soul of every young person if a genius waiting to be discovered, a passion and purpose waiting to be found. They aimed to implement a personalized learning model that closes the vast college- and career-readiness gap that confronts economically disadvantaged youth in the Twin Cities.

Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy

The Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy is opening its doors in the Fall of 2015. with 100 students in grades 6-12. The goal is to have a maximum of 150 students by the Fall of 2017. The vision of JGESA is to provide students with a diverse, rural landscape where they will be supported in pursuing their passions and grow to address the challenges of protecting our land, water and all of the environment. By working with staff, families, and the large community, students will gain the skills they need to be flexible problem-solvers, effect leaders, and responsible citizens.

STEP Academy

The Science, Technology and Engineering Preparatory Academy (STEP) is an innovative 6th through 12th grade charter school located in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, that promotes early college education through ensuring that all students achieve academic excellence, obtain college credit while in middle and high school, are fully motivated and prepared to successfully matriculate in college, and graduate with the critical knowledge and skills required for employment in scientific, technical, and other skilled careers.