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1 Eagle Ridge Academy Information Meeting Winter

2 All rights reserved. Our Facilities Lower Campus: Kindergarten – 5 th grade 5300 France Avenue South, Edina Mr. John Howitz, Executive Director Mrs. Sonja Menard, Dean Upper Campus: 6 th Grade – 12 th Grade 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie Mr. John Howitz, Executive Director Future Combined Campus Site yet to be determined…

3 All rights reserved. As a charter school, we are… a tuition-free, public school; funded by state and federal government, as well as foundations, grants and gifts; an independent school managed by an elected school board; not a part of the Eden Prairie or Edina district, but rather our own district; mission-driven and focused on a particular approach to education; accountable for student achievement.

4 All rights reserved. Mission The mission of Eagle Ridge Academy is to provide students with a traditional, classical education that demands their best in academic achievement, behavior, and attitude and challenges them to attain their highest potential.

5 All rights reserved. Vision The Academy will offer an academically rigorous, classical curriculum that: prepares students to be exemplary and knowledgeable citizens; instills a life-long passion for learning; values self-discipline, respect, perseverance, and achievement.

6 All rights reserved. Eagle Ridge Academy Pillars These pillars are paramount in our schools every day. Uniform Policy Accountability Community service

7 All rights reserved. Grades K-8 Core Knowledge Curriculum Based on work by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., author of “What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know”, etc. Focus is on developing culturally literate students Content-based approach provides academic foundation Coherent sequential plan avoids duplication and gaps

8 All rights reserved. Grades 9 – 12 Focused on the “Great Books” of Western Civilization In-depth study of history, philosophy, and literature Enriched with study of geography, grammar and composition Designed to be taught with the Socratic method Subject matter ordered by historical time periods College Advising services are provided

9 All rights reserved. College Advising College Advising services are provided ERA alumni currently attend: Concordia Moorhead, Yale, Princeton, Hope College, US Marine Corps, Normandale, Northwestern College, Wyoming Catholic College, University of Dallas, Catholic University-Washington DC, Gustavus, Creighton, UMD, Hillsdale, UND, NDSU, University of Cincinnati, St. Olaf, Bethel, University of St. Thomas, Loyola, Concordia-St. Paul, East Central University, Calvin College, Bethany Lutheran, St. Mary's, Northwestern College; Minnesota State: Mankato, Moorhead & Winona

10 All rights reserved. Saxon Math Systematic and incremental approach to teaching mathematics Continual review and practice of concepts throughout the year Frequent and regular assessments help teachers gauge student progress Mastery is key

11 All rights reserved. Latin Increases grammar, spelling and decoding skills Develops precise, analytical and logical thinking Increases verbal portion of SAT/ACT Gateway to Romance languages Foundation of classical literature Basic to study of biology, medicine and law

12 All rights reserved. Fine Arts Appreciation of art and music as expressions of the human spirit Combination of art history and studio art Combination of music history and theory

13 All rights reserved. Special Education Special Education services are provided at all grade levels

14 All rights reserved. Lower School Schedule 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. music, art, Latin and PE enrichments 30 minute lunch/recess period 2 Semesters with Quarterly Progress reports currently 2 sections of each grade level half or full day Kindergarten options class sizes are kept at ~23 students

15 All rights reserved. Upper School Schedule 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. 7-period days 30 minute lunch period with recess Several elective options Orchestra and choir 2 Semesters with Quarterly Progress reports Currently we have approximately 50 students at each grade level.

16 All rights reserved. Additional Activities Upper School Junior Classical League Student Senate Ambassador Program History Club Greece/Italy Trip Theater Club Free Friday Flicks National Honor Society Yearbook Club Chess Club Athletics Art Expo And more… Lower School Chess Club Class parties Field Trips Yearbook Club Book Fairs Art Expo Cross Country Ski Club And more…

17 All rights reserved. Lunch Students may bring cold lunch or purchase hot lunch. Hot lunches are provided by Caravan Kids catering. Hot lunches are ordered via orderlunches.com. Orders are placed one month in advance.

18 All rights reserved. Uniforms Uniforms are required Vendors: Land’s End Donald’s Uniform in St. Paul

19 All rights reserved. Busing Six bus routes serve the suburbs of: Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park, Edina, Osseo, Crystal, Richfield, Bloomington, Chanhassen, Hopkins, Chaska, Shakopee, Prior Lake Busing is currently available only at the end of the full school day; there is no bus available for 1/2 day kindergarten students. Students meet at various locations along the bus route for pick up and drop off. Students who live outside of the district the school is located in currently pay $ per student per year for bus service.

20 All rights reserved. Registration Timeline We follow the strict guidelines set by the state for enrollment of charter schools. Open enrollment for is currently underway and lasts until January 15. Eagle Ridge Academy News We are proud to announce the opening of our K-5 expansion! Beginning in the fall of 2010, we now provide our award winning classical education to students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. _________________________________ If you have questions about Eagle Ridge Academy, please contact us via at If you are interested in enrolling your child in grades K - 12 for either the current or the school year, please complete an online Initial Interest Form, available here.here

21 All rights reserved. Enrollment Process Returning students are placed into the next grade. If there are additional openings, a lottery will be held. Each student that has filled out an Initial Enrollment Form for will have a number assigned to them. We will first enroll Kindergarten students with those having enrolled siblings getting priority. We then draw for any remaining spots in Kindergarten. We then enroll siblings of those new students. This process continues for each grade. In January, you will be notified of your enrollment status, including positions on any wait lists. We currently have 2 sections of each grade level. Expansion to additional sections will depend on our future site.

22 All rights reserved. Our Facilities Lower Campus 5300 France Avenue South, Edina Upper Campus 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie Future Combined Campus Site yet to be determined…

23 All rights reserved. For more information Visit our website:

24 All rights reserved. Conclusion Introduction of staff Introduction of Student Ambassadors Introduction of PTO Board Members Questions & Answers Stay in the auditorium for general questions - or - Meet with staff in the foyer for grade level specific questions Thank you for attending!


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