PEASE Academy: an acronym for Peers Enjoying a Sober Education, is the oldest recovery high school in the United States, serving students in recovery since February 1989. Located in the heart of Dinkytown, PEASE Academy offers an incredible array of opportunities that can be found at the University of Minnesota and the thriving metropolitan area of the Twin Cities.
PEASE Academy is a campus of Minnesota Transitions Charter School and is open to qualifying students from any school district in Minnesota. We are an accredited four-year high school whose graduates have gone on to the Step Up Program at Augsburg College, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Duluth, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, North Dakota State University, and numerous community and technical colleges throughout the metropolitan area. PEASE Academy encourages all students to plan for post-secondary education and assists students in realizing these goals.
At PEASE Academy we are committed to:
Service learning requirement for graduation
Providing a safe, sober community based on recovery principles, where diversity is both respected and valued
Protecting the health of our sober community and addressing student struggles with sobriety
Staff who are knowledgable and supportive of chemical dependency and recovery issues
A learning environment which is challenging, nurturing, and safe
Maintaining a small supportive school environment with an enrollment of 70 students
A teaching ratio of 1 teacher to 17 students
Helping students define their own unique vision for a productive and healthy future
Supporting students as they develop deeper self-awareness and inner strength, more meaningful social relationships, and a great sense of purpose
Acknowledging the potential of each student to achieve academic success and unlimited personal growth
Practicing a restorative justice model to address conflicts and helping the community gain deeper understanding through respecting every voice
Increasing students’ cognitive capabilities in the areas of language skills, critical thinking, and mathematical reasoning
PEASE Academy staff, students, families, and board create a community to:
Acknowledge and affirm individuals
Support responsible choices that strengthen sobriety
Develop each individual’s capacity to succeed
Empower students to grow in mind, body, and spirit
Encourage the search for a greater sense of purpose
Celebrate each day of living in recovery
The K-12 academic community of MTCS is the largest group of charter schools in the state of Minnesota. We are a tuition-free, public school with nine options that serve students in the Twin Cities metro area through our brick and mortar school sites, as well as greater Minnesota through our online options.