About Us

We are MTCS, a K-12 academic community. In 1995, we began with one school, the Minnesota Transition Charter School, and have since grown into a collaboration of nine learning options – each having their own focus and personality. Like our academies and programs, we know that each child is unique with their own set of strengths, interests and needs, and we want to build on these. It’s a one step at a time process – one success that builds on another until they have reached their goal. We are here to guide your student along their own path to college and/or careers.
The Minnesota Transitions Charter School’s mission is to empower each student and ensure that all students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to experience success in their future.

We hold ourselves and our students accountable to demonstrate these core values:
Show consideration for self, others and property
Carry out obligations in a dependable manner
Acknowledge the consequences and rewards of one’s choices Contribute to society
Recognize and honor the dignity of each individual
Celebrate differences among culture, gender and ability
Work cooperatively with others and resolve conflicts
Display honesty, perseverance, confidence and pride
Be trustworthy
Show the courage of your convictions
Show empathy, generosity, kindness, patience and sensitivity
Just For You
Our schools are a great place for your child because we offer:
  • A variety of learning opportunities to meet the needs of students (see below)
  • Welcoming environments for students with diverse backgrounds
  • Small classes to provide personalized learning and individual attention
  • Caring staff invested in your child’s future
  • Transportation within the Minneapolis area (some exceptions may apply)
  • Great spaces, locations and environments for learning
  • Work study options, credentials and career prep

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 MTCS 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
  • Digital Music Program – Currently an after-school program, students have access to a recording studio to compose, record and collaborate

Our K-12 Academic Community

  • MTS Elementary – Family feel to create community, friendships and a place for your child to grow and blossom
  • MTS Secondary – Campus of schools within a school; middle and high school options
  • Banaadir Academy – A place to become a responsible, competent and prepared lifelong learner as well as a conscientious citizen; focused ELL Program to provide instruction for academic and linguistic competence
  • Banaadir South – Where academic excellence and cultural values coexist; Sister school to Banaadir Academy
  • P.E.A.S.E. Academy – Provides a quality educational experience that is centered on healing and hope and is the nation’s oldest recovery school
  • General Colin L. Powell Leadership Academy – Small, personalized high school program that teaches leadership skills, community service, citizenship and character development
  • MN Virtual High School – Personalized online learning experience to prepare students to be successful contributors in an evolving global community
  • MN Connections Academy – Uniquely individualized online learning program that gives students the flexibility to learn at home with a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards