Menlo Park Academy Alternative High School provides students with a safe, supportive learning environment where students are treated with respect and viewed as individuals with their own particular learning styles and social needs.

Menlo Park Academy is a contract alternative high school provided through the Minneapolis Public Schools, serving up to 75 students. Our program is for students in 10th to 12th grade up to the age of 21 who are seeking a high school diploma. Ninth graders are considered after their first semester in high school.

Menlo Calendar 
('18-'19 School Year):

January 7: Return to school from Winter Break

January 21: MLK Holiday

January 23: Last day Quarter 2

TBD: Mid-Year Graduation

January 24 & 25: Staff only (PD & grades)


January 28: Quarter 3 begins

February 15: Menlo is in session/3 week report

Test Windows:

Access for ELL Students: Feb 25-March 1st

MCA Reading (10th grade): March 11- March 15,  April 15-18

MCA Math (11th grade): April 15- May 3

MCA Science: April 29- May 10

ACT (11th graders): April 24

MAP Read/Math Winter (untested 9th & 10th graders):January 10-18th

MAP Read/Math Spring  (all 9th & 10th graders): May 6-May 24


  • We offer a full range of subjects required for graduation, each with a focus on high-interest, real-life learning. Classes are designed to meet the needs of many kinds of learners, including visual, linguistic, kinesthetic, auditory, and interpersonal learners.

  • Courses range from basic skills to college prep work, and class size varies from eight to twenty students.

  • Students are able to make up credits through independent study projects and out-of-school employment. In addition, credit-earning internships are available to connect students with future careers and with their community. 

  • Staff provide assistance to seniors and their families as they go through the steps of moving on to employment, college, or technical programs. This assistance includes financial aid resources, application assistance, college visits, and career guidance.

  • Staff encourage students to keep in touch after graduation and to use former teachers as a resource as they move out into the world.

Personal Growth

  • Our Advisory Program provides each student with additional support by tracking class credits, maintaining parent contact, and helping students with academic goals.

  • Advisors also coach students as they build problem-solving skills on issues ranging from school, jobs and family. They serve as liaisons for students to other staff in case of conflict and advocate for students' needs.

  • Counseling services are available on-site with part-time Mental Health Therapists.

  • Families receive a mailed update on their student's progress every three weeks. Parents/guardians are always welcome to call for more frequent updates or to schedule a meeting with advisors or other staff.

Other Information

  • Bus tokens are provided for students living more than two miles from school. Bus Route 11 stops in front of the school building.

  • Our school day lasts from 8:50 am to 3:30 pm.

  • School breakfast and lunch programs are available.

  • Childcare is available to students with children. East Side Neighborhood Services operates the accredited Northeast Child Development Center for infant through pre-kindergarten children. Call (612) 787-4025 or see our website for more information.

  • To enroll, contact Helen Henly at 612-787-4016 or to be placed on the waiting list. There will be monthly informational meetings and an application to complete. The placement may be immediate or take up to two trimesters, depending on space and demand.

North Star Identified School

North Star has placed Menlo Park Academy in a group of schools targeted for improvement because our 4 year graduation rate is below state goals for all groups of students. While graduating in 4 years is not a realistic goal for many of our students who arrive as juniors and seniors 1-2 years behind in credit, our goal as a school is to look at all the actions we can take to move students towards a diploma as quickly as possible. These include independent and extra credit opportunities, elective credit for employment, and Winter Break and Spring Break Learning Options. Support for attendance and earning credit in onsite classes remains a priority.

2018-19 School Improvement Plan

Every school in Minneapolis Public Schools is required to develop, implement, and monitor a school improvement plan (SIP). The following plan sets the goals that our school community is working to achieve and identifies the specific strategies or activities that will help us reach those goals together.

Read Menlo's school improvement plan [PDF]