Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of students go to Metro Schools?

  • Metro Schools is for high school and middle school students, grades 5-12, and who are willing to work hard to improve their academics. We provide them with high-quality instruction in a caring, learning community so they can excel academically, pursue post-secondary education, and become responsible world citizens.

2. How long has Metro Schools been open?

  • Metro Schools previously known as Lighthouse Academy of Nations opened September 6, 2005. Today we are continuing to strive towards becoming one of the premier charter schools in Minnesota by strengthening our curriculum, building strong disciplinary guidelines, and strengthening college preparatory procedures.

3. What is a charter school?

  • Charter schools are independent public schools. Like public schools, there is no cost to attend and it is open to all students. A charter school must be approved for operation by the state department of education and is part of that state system. It is governed by a board of directors which are elected from among the teachers, parents, and community members. In Minnesota, teachers in charter schools must meet the same licensing requirements as public school teachers.

4. What types of transportation services does Metro Schools provide to its students?

  • School buses are provided to get to and from school. In addition, Metro Schools is conveniently located on several bus lines and is near the Hiawatha light rail line.

5. What languages are spoken at Metro Schools?

  • The staff at Metro Schools and Lighthouse are truly culturally diverse. We speak many languages including Arabic, English, Ewe, French, German, Hmong, Spanish, Somali, and Thai.