Two new schools in Minnesota have different philosophies

July 21, 2009
One stresses classical studies; the other emphasizes size and a multifaceted curriculum

From The Minneapolis Star Tribune: Two new schools will be opening soon in Minnesota, representing two starkly different ideas of how to equip children with the best education for the 21st century's challenges. St. Croix Preparatory Academy will soon open a $21.7 million, 90,000-square-foot facility in Oak Park Heights, just south of Stillwater. The charter school with 900 students markets itself as delivering a classical, private school education for free. Its students take Latin, focus on questions as much as answers, and get big doses of "character" and "leadership" in their lessons. The 1,100 students at East Ridge High School, which opens this fall in Woodbury, will get big doses of everything. The $95 million facility is 380,000-square-feet and has a two-story atrium cafeteria, a stadium with artificial turf and panoramic views of the countryside, and a 950-seat performing arts center.

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