Innovative Quality Schools

6-12

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

Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy (JGESA) promotes a love of learning and creativity as students in grades 6-12 discover and pursue their passions. Our students take ownership of their learning through student driven, project-based learning. Living our mission of “Out of the Classroom, Into the World” JGESA believes that education should not be contained within walls. Students are encouraged to participate in real world learning experiences, connect with subject experts, and explore our campus that includes over 300 acres of woods, prairie, and water.

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.