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DECS Staff Visit Minnesota Capitol

Annually, the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools sponsors and coordinates a charter school day at the Minnesota Capitol during the legislative session. The day is an opportunity for the entire charter school community (administrators, board members, educators, and parents) to come together to meet with legislators, tell the story of Minnesota's charter schools, and advocate for the public policy legislative agenda ratified by MACS member schools. On Thursday, March 5th, 2015 Mike St. John, Matt Petersen, & Danielle Perich took advantage of the opportunity to meet with senators and representatives to educate them about charter school issues and the MACS legislative agenda.

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Majority Leader Senator Thomas Bakk, Danielle Perich (Raleigh Principal, Mike St. John (DPSA Board Vice Chair), Matt Petersen (North Star Elementary Academy Director)

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Students applying for kindergarten must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2014, and Minnesota residents.

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This year the DPSA Board’s Personnel Committee established the Golden Feather Award. This award is to recognize the hard work and dedication of the men and women that make our schools special. Parents and guardians were asked to nominate a teacher, paraprofessional or staff member that they thought exemplified the core values of respect, responsibility, compassion,, justice, courage, integrity, hope and wisdom every day.

For the 2013-14 school year, the recipients of this award were: (Raleigh) Rachel Sertich and Megan Erickson; (North Star) Jayme Thorson, Heather Lindstrom, Claire Nordskog, Barb Juntune. Congratulations!

NEW Click HERE to nominate your favorite teacher for the 2015 Golden Feather Award.

We are dedicated to the achievement of academic and personal excellence for every student. DECS academies include two Duluth locations:

DECS North Star Academy:
3301 Technology Drive (on Rice Lake Rd. at Technology Dr.)
Duluth, MN 55811
For grades K-8; Classes from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DECS Raleigh Academy:
5905 Raleigh Street, Duluth, MN 55807
For grades K-5; Classes from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

DECS North Star Academy Named MDE Reward School

Duluth -- North Star Academy has been named a 2013 Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education, being recognized as a school in the top 15 percent of Title I schools based on their Multiple Measurement Rating.

The Multiple Measurement Rating tallies points based on proficiency, growth and achievement gap reduction based on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments in math and reading.

"This recognition comes because of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, staff and students," said Bonnie Jorgenson, Head of School. "Our Mission is to be focused on the academic and personal excellence of every student. We believe that all students can grow in their math and reading skills and utilize our data to help that happen."

Click HERE to read the congratulatory letter from MDE Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius

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New DECS Building - Front
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The DECS North Star and Raleigh Academies

DECS has continued to grow within the Duluth community. As a result, we have made several facility expansions and improvements including the building of our new facility at 3301 Technology Drive, Duluth and the upgrades to our 5905 Raleigh Street, Duluth location.

We are excited about the opportunities these changes have given to our students and faculty!

Find out more about our

North Star and Raleigh Academies

More about DECS

Second Decade of Excellence

Duluth Edison Charter Schools is proudly into its second decade of celebrating excellence in education for our students, families and community. We are committed to engaging families in their children's education at school and in the home. The DECS Parent Advisory Council further empowers family members to work with their children and participate in shaping our programs and practices.

Many do not realize that DECS is tuition-free*. Our Schools are free to all students throughout the community regardless of their school district and educational needs. We serve children from kindergarten through eighth grade.

DECS offers a longer school day. Every day students spend more time on the basics. For example, 90 minutes on reading and 60 minutes on math in the K-5 schools. More time is spent on small group participation. There's more time with hands-on science, language and arts. Students at DECS receive the opportunity to be given more individualized instruction!

*(Students must reside in Minnesota)


On April 22, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Education approved the affidavit of Innovative Quality Schools (IQS) to transfer authorization of Duluth Public Schools Academy from the Northwood Children’s Services to Innovative Quality Schools. This transfer assures our schools met the June 30, 2012 deadline to transfer to a new authorizer. We have now moved forward with IQS and have a performance contract with them. We are grateful to Northwood Children's Services for their work with us. We are now looking forward to another great partnership with IQS.