Top 10 Best Minnesota Alternative Public Schools (2022)

For the 2022 school year, there are 497 alternative public schools serving 14,866 students in Minnesota.
The top ranked alternative public schools in Minnesota are Middle Level Alternative Program, Headway Academy and Headway Academy North. 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 22% (versus the Minnesota public school average of 55%), and reading proficiency score of 31% (versus the 59% 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).

Best Minnesota Alternative Public Schools (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Middle Level Alternative Program
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: 60-79%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
311 10th Ave Ne
Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 454-5400
Grades: 5-8
| 17 students
Rank: #2 - 82. - 8.
Headway Academy
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1001 State Hwy 7
Hopkins, MN 55305
(952) 426-6602
Grades: 7-12
| 30 students
Rank: #2 - 82. - 8.
Headway Academy North
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
5910 Shingle Creek Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55430
(763) 550-3535
Grades: 7-12
| 25 students
Rank: #2 - 82. - 8.
Options
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2675 Long Lake Road
Saint Paul, MN 55113
(952) 564-3000
Grades: 6-12
| 18 students
Rank: #2 - 82. - 8.
Princeton Area Learning Center
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1506 1st St
Princeton, MN 55371
(763) 389-2422
Grades: 7-12
| 6 students
Rank: #2 - 82. - 8.
Princeton Educational Options
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
124 N Rum River Drive
Princeton, MN 55371
(763) 389-6719
Grades: K-12
| 9 students
Rank: #2 - 82. - 8.
Tower View Alternative High School
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
154 Tower View Drive
Red Wing, MN 55066
(651) 388-4441
Grades: 10-12
| 65 students
Rank: #2 - 82. - 8.
The Willows
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
10300 Flanders St Ne
Minneapolis, MN 55432
(651) 415-5543
Grades: 7-12
| 21 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
A. G. A. P. E. Teen Parent
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1037 University Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 744-7970
Grades: 5-12
| 62 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Bemidji Area Learning Center
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
802 Paul Bunyan Dr Nw
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 333-3299
Grades: K-12
| 53 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Benson Area Learning Center
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1400 Montana Ave
Benson, MN 56215
(320) 843-2710
Grades: 7-12
| 21 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Cornerstone
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
145 Glen St Sw
Hutchinson, MN 55350
(320) 587-2860
Grades: K-12
| 15 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Detroit Lakes Area Learning Center
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
900 Hwy 34 E
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
(218) 844-5687
Grades: 9-12
| 2 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Elk River Middle School Alc
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1232 School St. Nw
Elk River, MN 55330
(763) 241-3530
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Epsilon
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
14300 Cty Rd 62
Minnetonka, MN 55345
(952) 426-6602
Grades: 6-12
| 23 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Guadalupe Alternative Programs
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
381 Robie St E
Saint Paul, MN 55107
(651) 222-0757
Grades: 7-12
| 56 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Heartland Girls Ranch
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1400 Montana Ave
Benson, MN 56215
(320) 843-2710
Grades: 7-12
| 20 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Hlww Alternative Learning Program
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
720 9th Ave
Howard Lake, MN 55349
(320) 543-4600
Grades: 9-12
| 11 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Ivan Sand Community High School
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1232 School St
Elk River, MN 55330
(763) 241-3530
Grades: 9-12
| 69 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Lake Park School
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1804 Civic Center Dr Ne
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 214-6696
Grades: 4-12
| 14 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Lakeside Academy
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
100 Garrison Ave Ne
Shakopee, MN 55379
(952) 567-8000
Grades: 7-12
| 15 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Little Sand
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
316 Main St E
Remer, MN 56672
(218) 566-2351
Grades: 7-12
| 7 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Longfellow Alternative
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
3017 E 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 668-4700
Grades: 7-12
| 84 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Matec
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
305 South Second Street
Marshall, MN 56258
(507) 537-6210
Grades: 7-12
| 161 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Mcf-redwing Maginnis High School
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1079 Hwy 292
Red Wing, MN 55066
(651) 267-3638
Grades: 8-12
| 77 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Milaca Area Learning Center
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
500 Highway 23 West
Milaca, MN 56353
(320) 982-7249
Grades: 7-12
| 42 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Mora Alternative Learning Center
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
400 Maple Ave E
Mora, MN 55051
(320) 679-6200
Grades: 9-12
| 36 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Mora Middle Level Alc
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
400 Maple Ave E
Mora, MN 55051
(320) 679-6200
Grades: 6-8
| n/a students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Nets
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
3490 Lexington Ave N Ste 115
Saint Paul, MN 55126
(651) 379-3405
Grades: 5-12
| 19 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Northland Learning Center 010
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1201 S 13th Ave
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 741-9201
Grades: PK-12
| 54 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Pathways Program Grades 6-7
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2120 Twin Bluff Road
Red Wing, MN 55066
(651) 388-4441
Grades: 6-7
| 4 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Pines School - Nsp
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
7555 4th Avenue
Circle Pines, MN 55014
(763) 792-4011
Grades: 6-12
| 19 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Pines School - Rjc
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
7555 4th Ave
Circle Pines, MN 55014
(763) 792-4011
Grades: 8-12
| 20 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Plymouth Youth Center
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2210 Oliver Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
(612) 522-6501
Grades: 9-12
| 147 students
Rank: #9 - 479. - 47.
Prairie Care Mankato
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
201 N Broad St
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-1818
Grades: 6-12
| 10 students
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