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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school?

A Charter School is an independent public school of choice that is a common option for students looking for an alternative to traditional public schools. Charter schools do not have any admission requirements or tuition - and they are legal obligated to serve any scholar who enrolls. There are currently 179 operating charter schools in Minnesota!

Is there tuition for kids to attend?

No! There is no tuition for students who attend a charter school. It is a public school and it is funded based on enrollment by the Department of Education.

Who can attend Heartland Lakes Community School?

Charter schools do not have admission requirements -so any student can attend! We will be serving students in PreK-8th grades. In 2024, our opening year, we are excited to serve grades K-6. Keep an eye out for community events and subscribe to our form for updates or if you are interested in future enrollment.

Who will teach our kids?

Like all public schools in Minnesota, charter schools employ licensed teachers. We are looking specifically for teachers who would love teaching in an environment that matches our mission and philosophy. If you are interested in learning more or applying, subscribe and we'll stay in touch or send us an e-mail! We'll likely begin looking at hiring in the Spring of 2023.

What curriculum and teaching methods will Heartland Lakes Community School be using?

We will teach through Expeditionary Learning (EL). Students and teachers will explore learning in a way that is challenging, adventurous, and meaningful to our scholars. The three dimensions of EL Education are Mastery of Knowledge, Character, and High Quality Student Work.

Where is Heartland Lakes Community School located?

We are located in the Heartland Lakes of Park Rapids, Minnesota. Our location will be both accessible to the community and centered around our strong belief that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to learn both inside and outside and to explore the land and resources around them. Subscribe to learn about location updates in the future.

Why does our community need Heartland Lakes Community School?

Our community needs HLCS because not every scholar learns in the same way! And while some scholars thrive in a traditional public school, some need a different approach. HLCS will offer that different approach: through outdoor classrooms, expeditionary learning, and a person-centered approach to learning and community. 

HLCS is for scholars and families looking for something different. Our goal is a small setting with excellent academics, strong community partnerships and lots of time outdoors.

How Can I Get Involved?

There are lots of ways to get involved with HLCS! You can subscribe to our website and newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and events, you can follow us on Facebook or Instagram - or you can pledge your support as either a community partner or future student!

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