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Charter schools are independent public schools started and operated by parents, teachers and an elected board of directors.  They are part of the state public school system, but operate independently, as a separate school district.

In 1991, the Minnesota Legislature passed the first charter school law in the nation.  It was the beginning of a unique public school option that has grown steadily over the past two decades.

Charter schools are non-profit organizations funded by state general education revenues.  However, unlike traditional school districts, charter schools cannot initiate tax levies to generate additional funding.  Charter schools are open to all students, and do not charge tuition.

Every charter school in Minnesota must be approved by the Minnesota Department of Education and have a sponsoring Authorizer, who is responsible for oversight of all school operations.  Both of these entities monitor the charter school’s performance in meeting both academic and non-academic charter contract goals the school has established and they have approved.  DaVinci Academy’s Authorizer is Friends of Education.

Charter schools offer a unique educational choice in terms of curriculum, instructional methodology and an overall learning experience focused on results.  An effective charter school is designed to increase student achievement above the levels experienced in a traditional public school.

You can visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s website for more information.  The Minnesota Association of Charter Schools also provides additional information on their website, 


I like DaVinci Academy because of all the friends I have made. 

–DaVinci Student


DaVinci has been the perfect balance between a "big school" with tons of resources and a "little school" with lots of parental involvement. Our kids are doing great academically, the teachers are wonderful and have provided the gentle guidance and extra help when necessary.

- DaVinci Parent