A new K–3 charter school called Northeast College Prep will open this fall in the former home of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Northeast College Prep will stay at 2511 Taylor St. NE for three years, adding 4th and 5th grade in its second and third year. After that it will need to find a new location to complete its plan to grow into a K–8 school.
It’s modeled after Global Academy, a highly successful charter school in Columbia Heights. School Director Carl Phillips spent a year in a fellowship at Global Academy and was impressed with its peaceful atmosphere and academic success with students from low-income families.
“They have just a wonderful school culture and also a huge waiting list so there’s a lot of families that really like what they’re offering,” said Phillips, who has taught in Chicago and Mexico and served in leadership roles at charter schools in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Every student at Northeast College Prep will take Arabic and Spanish, along with a daily physical education class and weekly art class. Its school day (eight hours) and school year (late August to mid-June) are longer than the typical public school. Class sizes will be capped at 24 students.
Phillips said more than 80 students have already enrolled, about half of its capacity.
Last year a plan to build an assisted living facility at the site was approved by Minneapolis, but that appears to have fallen through.