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Eagle Ridge Academy

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Type  Charter school
Authority  Friends of Education
Grades  K to 12
Phone  +1 952-746-7760
Colors  Grey, Maroon
Established  2004
Faculty  84
Enrollment  1,230 (2010-2011)
Mascot  Gryphons
Eagle Ridge Academy
Address  11111 Bren Rd W, Minnetonka, MN 55343, USA
District  Eagle Ridge Academy Charter School
Similar  Community of Peace Academy, Bethany Academy, PACT Charter School, Cologne Academy, Aspen Academy
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Eagle Ridge Academy is a charter school with a philosophical emphasis on the classical education movement that serves grades Kindergarten through twelve. It is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The Kindergarten through eighth grade curriculum follows the Core Knowledge Sequence published by the Core Knowledge Foundation and the high school follows a "Classical framework" to structure its humane letters program.

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History

Eagle Ridge Academy opened in 2004 with 107 students in grades 6, 7, and 9. Today, Eagle Ridge Academy serves 1,240 students from 29 school districts in kindergarten through grade 12. The Eagle Ridge Academy Schools of Grammar and Logic have rigorous curricula to ensure high achievement: Core Knowledge Sequence, Saxon Math, Shurley English, Pearson History and Geography, Saxon Phonics, and leveled guided reading. The School of Rhetoric offers a wide variety of classes in Music, Arts, World Languages, Advanced Placement, College in the Schools, and the Humanities. Along with the rigorous curriculum, Eagle Ridge Academy provides small class sizes and professional master teachers, which leads to our students achieving high academic results. In 2013, 2014, and again in 2015, Eagle Ridge Academy students scored in the top 2% of all public K-12 schools on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment.

Eagle Ridge Academy has been honored as a Reward School in 2013 through 2016 by the Minnesota Department of Education. Eagle Ridge Academy offers numerous extracurricular activities in cooperation with the International School of Minnesota. We are proud of our students and staff for their achievements; however, producing graduates who are exemplary citizens and life-long learners is the school's foremost goal.

Eagle Ridge Academy opened in 2004. The Academy has had five school directors, Dr. Ken Greener (2004), Mrs. Judi Ingison (2004-2008), Mr. John Howitz (2008-2011), Ms. Mari Bergerson (2011), and Mr. Jason Ulbrich (current).

On January 12, 2005 the Minnesota Department of Education issued its annual report to the Minnesota Legislature that found Eagle Ridge Academy to be in statutory operating debt. The Academy received the School Finance Award from the Minnesota Department of Education for fiscal years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

On October 11, 2007, Eagle Ridge Academy was evacuated due to a mercury spill.

On February 5, 2008, former teacher, Josh Garvin, filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, Fourth Division, against Eagle Ridge Academy. On January 6, 2009, former teacher, Susan Reid, also filed a lawsuit in the same court against Eagle Ridge Academy.

Eagle Ridge Academy celebrated its first high school graduation in June 2008.

On July 22, 2008, the Minnesota Department of Education released the results of a transportation audit of the 2006-2007 fiscal year.

In November 2008, KSTP-TV, 5 Eyewitness News, aired a report regarding unlicensed teachers in state charter schools. Eagle Ridge Academy was not named in the television report but was cited in KSTP's online reporting.

MCA-II test scores declined in 2008-2009 and again in 2009-2010.

The Academy received the Achievement Award for performance during the 2007-2008 school year from its sponsor, Friends of Education, on August 6, 2009.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Eagle Ridge Academy as a "bronze medal" high school based on academic performance in 2007-2008 in the magazine's 2010 "America's Best High Schools" issue.

In July 2016, the school moved to a new building that they completely renovated to house grades K-12. The new building includes a gymnasium, a solarium in the cafeteria, and a human chess board embedded in the floor tiles of the forum. Updates will continue through 2017 to build the second story and auditorium.

Graduates

The graduating class of 2016 had 47 students.

Past graduates have attended colleges including Hope College, Iowa State University, Princeton University, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, Yale University, and others.

Extracurricular

Eagle Ridge Academy offers middle school and Minnesota State High School League Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball.

The Academy has a student senate, yearbook and history club, and chapters of the National Junior Classical League and National Honor Society.

School Board

The Eagle Ridge Academy School Board has eleven spots. One is a nonelected seat held by the Executive Director, currently Jason Ulbrich. Five are for parents or community members and the other five are reserved for teachers. Each person is elected to a two year term, but elections are held every year so the Board is a continuous body.

2016 Election Results

Parent or Community Member Election. Top two candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for two candidates.

Teacher Election. Top three candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for three candidates.

2015 Election Results

Parent or Community Member Election. Top two candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for two candidates.

Teacher Election. Top two candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for two candidates.

2014 Election Results

Parent or Community Member Election. Top four candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for four candidates.

Teacher election. Top three candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for three candidates.

References

Eagle Ridge Academy Wikipedia


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