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For the 2021 school year, there are 497 alternative public schools serving 14,866 students in Minnesota.
The top ranked alternative public schools in Minnesota are The Anicca Program, Prairie Care Mankato and 916 Mahtomedi Academy. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minnesota alternative public schools have an average math proficiency score of 23% (versus the Minnesota public school average of 57%), and reading proficiency score of 31% (versus the 60% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 50% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the Minnesota public school average of 34% (majority Black and Hispanic).

Top Minnesota Alternative Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #1-21.-2.
    The Anicca Program Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    7808 Kerber Blvd Suite 215
    Chanhassen, MN 55317
    (952) 361-6100

    Grades: K-12 | 12 students
  • Rank: #1-21.-2.
    Prairie Care Mankato Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    201 N Broad St
    Mankato, MN 56001
    (507) 387-1818

    Grades: 6-12 | 10 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    916 Mahtomedi Academy Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2737 County Rd D
    Saint Paul, MN 55110
    (651) 415-5680

    Grades: 9-12 | 67 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Albert Lea Area Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2200 Riverland Drive
    Albert Lea, MN 56007
    (507) 369-1453

    Grades: 6-12 | 116 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Arrowhead Juvenile Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1918 Arlington Ave N
    Duluth, MN 55811
    (218) 625-6766

    Grades: 4-12 | 22 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Benson Area Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1400 Montana Ave
    Benson, MN 56215
    (320) 843-2710

    Grades: 7-12 | 21 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Bold Alc Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    701 S 9th St
    Olivia, MN 56277
    (320) 523-1031

    Grades: 7-12 | 27 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Centennial Area Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    4203 Woodland Rd
    Circle Pines, MN 55014
    (763) 398-2960

    Grades: 7-12 | 51 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Center School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2421 Bloomington Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    (612) 721-1655

    Grades: 7-12 | 35 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Credit Recovery Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    37 Woodlake Dr Se
    Rochester, MN 55904
    (507) 328-3999

    Grades: 9-12 | n/a student
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Epsilon Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    14300 Cty Rd 62
    Minnetonka, MN 55345
    (952) 426-6602

    Grades: 6-12 | 23 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Faribault Area Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2855 1st Ave Nw
    Faribault, MN 55021
    (507) 333-6187

    Grades: 9-12 | 116 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Fergus Falls Area Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    340 Friberg Ave
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537
    (218) 998-0544

    Grades: 9-12 | 88 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Fridley Moore Lk Area Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1317 Rice Creek Road
    Minneapolis, MN 55432
    (763) 502-5101

    Grades: 9-12 | 95 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Harbor Educational Program Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1000 11th St W
    Hastings, MN 55033
    (651) 480-7000

    Grades: 5-12 | 11 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Headway Academy North Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    5910 Shingle Creek Parkway
    Minneapolis, MN 55430
    (763) 550-3535

    Grades: 7-12 | 25 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Heartland Girls Ranch Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1400 Montana Ave
    Benson, MN 56215
    (320) 843-2710

    Grades: 7-12 | 20 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Hennepin Gateway To College Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    9000 Brooklyn Blvd
    Minneapolis, MN 55445
    (763) 488-2601

    Grades: 9-12 | 82 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Knights Academy Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    60 Central Ave W
    Saint Michael, MN 55376
    (763) 497-2192

    Grades: 10-12 | 29 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Little Sand Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    316 Main St E
    Remer, MN 56672
    (218) 566-2351

    Grades: 7-12 | 7 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Lsh Middle School Alternative Prog Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    901 E Ferry St
    Le Sueur, MN 56058
    (507) 665-5800

    Grades: 6-8 | 14 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Mahnomen Area Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    209 1st St Sw
    Mahnomen, MN 56557
    (218) 935-2346

    Grades: 6-12 | 49 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Mcf-redwing Maginnis High School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1079 Hwy 292
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    (651) 267-3638

    Grades: 8-12 | 77 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Middle Area Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1000 Ne 8th Ave
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    (218) 327-5800

    Grades: 5-8 | 169 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Monticello Alternative Program Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    406-7th Street
    Monticello, MN 55362
    (763) 272-3200

    Grades: 9-12 | 25 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Mora Middle Level Alc Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    400 Maple Ave E
    Mora, MN 55051
    (320) 679-6200

    Grades: 6-8 | n/a student
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Nets Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    3490 Lexington Ave N Ste 115
    Saint Paul, MN 55126
    (651) 379-3405

    Grades: 5-12 | 19 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    New Paths Area Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    202 E 4th St
    Crookston, MN 56716
    (218) 281-5864

    Grades: 7-12 | 74 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Options Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2675 Long Lake Road
    Saint Paul, MN 55113
    (952) 564-3000

    Grades: 6-12 | 18 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Owatonna Alc 9-12 Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    338 Main St. E
    Owatonna, MN 55060
    (507) 444-8000

    Grades: 9-12 | 67 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Pathways Program Grades 6-7 Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    2120 Twin Bluff Road
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    (651) 388-4441

    Grades: 6-7 | 4 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Pathways Program Grades 8-12 Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    395 Guernsey Lane
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    (651) 388-4441

    Grades: 8-12 | 18 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Pine River-backus Area Learning Center Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1000 1st St N
    Pine River, MN 56474
    (218) 587-3131

    Grades: 9-12 | 49 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Pines School - Nsp Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    7555 4th Avenue
    Circle Pines, MN 55014
    (763) 792-4011

    Grades: 6-12 | 19 students
  • Rank: #3-523.- 52.
    Prairiecare Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    1620 Greenview Dr Sw
    Rochester, MN 55902
    (507) 218-3700

    Grades: K-12 | 18 students
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