Innovative Quality Schools


Minnesota New Country School

MNCS is a small charter school with focus on learning from hands-on experience. At MNCS every student is treated as an individual. Students at MNCS receive credit by doing projects, which can be anything from a slideshow about dolphins to learning a computer programming language. Credit is earned based on the quality of learning demonstrated at the end product of the project. Students are given responsibility and choice regarding what they learn at MNCS. Students set their own goals and accomplish their own tasks.

MNCS Core Values

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.