We believe it is fundamental for cadets to think logically and communicate effectively – orally and in writing – to prepare them for post-secondary success. Cadets are encouraged to excel through both individual and platoon academic honors. Interested students should be at grade level for reading and math and should be studious, motivated and have their sights set on attending college upon graduation.

The General Colin L. Powell Leadership Academy is a STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – focused school with high academic standards and enriched with a commitment to leadership, academic excellence, discipline and service.

Located in Minneapolis, our mission is to motivate young people to be better citizens. Through our one-of-a-kind, college-preparatory, STEM-based and public education option, we offer students an engaging academic environment where military ideals inspire cadets to become better scholars, leaders and citizens.


The Powell Leadership Academy does not train or recruit for military service, but prepares students for future success in post-secondary education, careers and a life of service and active citizenship. The values of character, social responsibility, teamwork and selfless service to community are combined with achievement, fitness, leadership and American heritage to help cadets realize the power of their potential.

The culture of the academy is designed to do the following:

  • Foster positive behaviors and attitudes
  • Build self-esteem
  • Instill personal responsibility
  • Promote accountability
  • Teach ethical decision-making

Each cadet enters the Powell Leadership Academy as a novice, becomes a scholar and graduates a leader. As the only military academy and Junior ROTC program in Hennepin County, we serve a diverse population of students to develop the life skills, aspirations and expectation needed to be college and career ready.

Learning Opportunities

  • STEM – Learning opportunities inspired by science, technology, engineering, and math, so that all students have the chance to reach their full potential

  • Blended Learning – Combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods; gives the student some choice over time, place, path or pace

  • JROTC Leadership – A character and leadership development program available to MTS middle and high school students

  • Online – Part-time and full-time flexible learning solutions to help you graduate and find success

  • Careers and Work Experience Program – Offers theory and practical experience for employment and entry into college and post-secondary training options after high school

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