Eagle Ridge Academy

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Eagle Ridge Academy
Eagle Ridge Academy Sign.jpg
Location
11111 Bren Road W.
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343

United States
Coordinates 44°52′23″N 93°24′43″W / 44.873°N 93.412°W / 44.873; -93.412
Information
Type Charter school
Established 2004 [1]
Authority Friends of Education [2]
Faculty 84 [3]
Grades K to 12 [4]
Enrollment 1,230 [5] (2010-2011)
Color(s) Burgundy and Gray [6]         
Mascot Gryphons [6]
Website

Eagle Ridge Academy is a charter school with a philosophical emphasis on the classical education movement that serves grades Kindergarten through twelve. It is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. [7] The Kindergarten through eighth grade curriculum follows the Core Knowledge Sequence published by the Core Knowledge Foundation and the high school follows a "Classical framework" to structure its humane letters program. [8]

History

Eagle Ridge Academy opened in 2004 with 107 students in grades 6, 7, and 9. Today, Eagle Ridge Academy serves 1,240 students from 29 school districts in kindergarten through grade 12. The Eagle Ridge Academy Schools of Grammar and Logic have rigorous curricula to ensure high achievement: Core Knowledge Sequence, Saxon Math, Shurley English, Pearson History and Geography, Saxon Phonics, and leveled guided reading. The School of Rhetoric offers a wide variety of classes in Music, Arts, World Languages, Advanced Placement, College in the Schools, and the Humanities. Along with the rigorous curriculum, Eagle Ridge Academy provides small class sizes and professional master teachers, which leads to our students achieving high academic results. In 2013, 2014, and again in 2015, Eagle Ridge Academy students scored in the top 2% of all public K-12 schools on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment.

Eagle Ridge Academy has been honored as a Reward School in 2013 through 2016 by the Minnesota Department of Education. Eagle Ridge Academy offers numerous extracurricular activities in cooperation with the International School of Minnesota. We are proud of our students and staff for their achievements; however, producing graduates who are exemplary citizens and life-long learners is the school's foremost goal. [9]

Eagle Ridge Academy opened in 2004. [4] The Academy has had five school directors, Dr. Ken Greener (2004), Mrs. Judi Ingison (2004-2008), Mr. John Howitz (2008-2011), Ms. Mari Bergerson (2011), and Mr. Jason Ulbrich (current). [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

On January 12, 2005 the Minnesota Department of Education issued its annual report to the Minnesota Legislature that found Eagle Ridge Academy to be in statutory operating debt. [15] The Academy received the School Finance Award from the Minnesota Department of Education for fiscal years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. [16]

On October 11, 2007, Eagle Ridge Academy was evacuated due to a mercury spill. [17]

On February 5, 2008, former teacher, Josh Garvin, filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, Fourth Division, against Eagle Ridge Academy. [18] On January 6, 2009, former teacher, Susan Reid, also filed a lawsuit in the same court against Eagle Ridge Academy. [19]

Eagle Ridge Academy celebrated its first high school graduation in June 2008. [20]

On July 22, 2008, the Minnesota Department of Education released the results of a transportation audit of the 2006-2007 fiscal year. [21]

In November 2008, KSTP-TV, 5 Eyewitness News, aired a report regarding unlicensed teachers in state charter schools. Eagle Ridge Academy was not named in the television report but was cited in KSTP's online reporting. [22]

MCA-II test scores declined in 2008-2009 and again in 2009-2010. [23]

The Academy received the Achievement Award for performance during the 2007-2008 school year from its sponsor, Friends of Education, on August 6, 2009. [24]

U.S. News & World Report ranked Eagle Ridge Academy as a "bronze medal" high school based on academic performance in 2007-2008 in the magazine's 2010 "America's Best High Schools" issue. [25] [26]

In July 2016, the school moved to a new building that they completely renovated to house grades K-12. [27] The new building includes a gymnasium, a solarium in the cafeteria, and a human chess board embedded in the floor tiles of the forum. Updates will continue through 2017 to build the second story and auditorium.

U.S News has given Eagle Ridge Academy a college readiness score of 27.5/100. [28]

During the 2017-18 school year, a student of color claimed that she was allegedly wrongfully suspended, claiming she was the person being harassed and discriminated against [29]

The graduating class of 2016 had 47 students. [9]

Past graduates have attended colleges including Hope College, Iowa State University, Princeton University, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, Yale University, and others. [3]

Extracurricular

Eagle Ridge Academy offers middle school and Minnesota State High School League Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball. [3]

The Academy has a student senate, yearbook and history club, and chapters of the National Junior Classical League and National Honor Society. [30]

School Board

The Eagle Ridge Academy School Board has eleven seats. The Executive Director, currently Jason Ulbich, is a non-voting ex-officio member. Five are for parents or community members (of which, at least one must be a parent and one must be a community member) and six are reserved for teachers. Each person is elected to a two year term, but elections are held every year so the Board is a continuous body. [31]

2016 Election Results [32]

The 2016 school board election was one of the first elections in which a student ran. Hayden Bunn, a junior at the time, ran but did not succeed. The Eden Prairie newspaper wrote an article about his running. [33]Parent or Community Member Election. Top two candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for two candidates.

Name Parent or Community Member Total Votes Vote Percent
Kathy Oberstar Parent 90 90.9%
Tony Dennison Parent 66 66.7%

Teacher Election. Top three candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for three candidates.

Name Teacher Total Votes Vote Percent
April Grabanski Teacher 82 79.6%
Jane Wegener Teacher 82 79.6%
Wade Sutton Teacher 63 61.2%
Rochelle Schelling Teacher 45 43.7%

2015 Election Results [34]

Parent or Community Member Election. Top two candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for two candidates.

Name Parent or Community Member Total Votes Vote Percent
Ann Watanabe Parent 100 59.9000%
John Schwirtz Community Member 82 49.1%
John Alexander Parent 59 35.3%
Joyce Yaari Community Member 29 17.4%

Teacher Election. Top two candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for two candidates.

Name Teacher Total Votes Vote Percent
Ashley Hudak Teacher 114 69.1%
Zac Holm Teacher 102 61.8%
Michelle Mills Teacher 89 53.9%

2014 Election Results [35]

Parent or Community Member Election. Top four candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for four candidates.

Name Parent or Community Member Total Votes Vote Percent
Dr. Kenneth Greener Community member 122 62.9%
Kathy Oberstar Parent 120 61.9%
Manisha Datya Parent 119 61.3%
Pete Larson Parent 107 55.2%
William Wood Parent 82 42.3%
Katie Tram Parent 61 31.4%
Nicholas Henry Community Member 51 26.3%
Amanda Hippe Community Member 28 14.4%

Teacher election. Top three candidates are elected to serve on the Board. Each voter gets to vote for three candidates.

Name Teacher Total Votes Vote Percent
Erica Higgins Teacher 168 92.8%
Tiffany Goedjen Teacher 152 84.0%
Michelle Mills Teacher 147 81.2%

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