Education in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Saint Paul, Minnesota contains many educational institutions. A number of educational "firsts" have happened in Saint Paul. Hamline University, the first and oldest college in Minnesota, was founded in Saint Paul in 1854.[1][2] In 1991 Minnesota became the first state in the United States to pass legislation allowing the existence of charter schools. The following year, the first charter school in the nation, City Academy High School, was established in Saint Paul.[3] The oldest library in Minnesota, the Minnesota State Law Library, was opened in 1849.[4]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Washington Technology Magnet of the Saint Paul Public Schools District.

Saint Paul Public Schools is the school district that serves the entire city. It is the state's second largest school district with approximately 38,000 students. The district is also one of the most diverse in Minnesota.

There are also many charter schools that are run separately from the Saint Paul Public Schools, but are administered by the Minnesota Department of Education. 21 charter schools currently operate in Saint Paul.[5]

Private schools[edit]

Saint Paul has numerous private schools, including non-sectarian, Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Protestant. The Minnesota Department of Education has no authority over private school operations; private schools may or may not be accredited, and achievement tests are not required for private school graduating seniors. Many private schools will obtain accreditation and perform achievement tests as a means of demonstrating that the school is genuinely interested in educational performance. Saint Paul is currently home to 38 private schools.[6]

In addition, Catholic schools in Saint Paul are operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Three high schools and fourteen elementary schools are overseen by the archdiocese.[7]

List of elementary and secondary schools[edit]

Como Park Senior High School opened its doors for classes in 1979 and remained the youngest high school in the district until Arlington Senior High opened in 1997.


Public Secondary[edit]

Private Secondary[edit]

List of Post-Secondary schools[edit]

Saint Paul is second in the United States in the number of higher education institutions per capita.[35]

Public Post-Secondary[edit]

Private Post-Secondary[edit]



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  2. ^ Also note that the University of Minnesota was chartered in 1851 in Minneapolis, however it did not begin to enroll students until 1857.
  3. ^ "Charter School Facts". MN Association of Charter Schools. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
  4. ^ "Collection Development Plan" (pdf). Minnesota State Law Library. January 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
  5. ^ Minnesota Department of Education (2005). "Charter Schools". Archived from the original on 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2007-06-08.
  6. ^ Minnesota Department of Education (2005). "Alphabetical List of Nonpublic Schools". Archived from the original on 2007-08-18.
  7. ^ Elementary Schools of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and "Secondary Schools of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis". Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
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  15. ^ Welcome to St. Anthony Park Elementary
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  17. ^ Central High School Online
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  30. ^ Saint Paul Conservatory For Performing Artists
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  34. ^ St. Paul Academy and Summit School
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  38. ^ Twin Cities - University of Minnesota
  39. ^ Christian College | Bethel University Minnesota
  40. ^ St. Catherine University :: St. Paul / Minneapolis, Minnesota :: St. Kate's
  41. ^ The College of St. Scholastica | Home Page
  42. ^ CVA - College of Visual Arts in St. Paul Minnesota Archived 2006-12-05 at the Wayback Machine
  43. ^ Concordia St. Paul
  44. ^ Hamline University | Saint Paul, Minnesota
  45. ^ Macalester College: Private Liberal Arts College
  46. ^ McNally Smith College of Music | Music Degrees From the Top Music Business School and Music College
  47. ^ University of St. Thomas – A private, Catholic liberal arts university in Minnesota — University of St. Thomas : Home