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Now Accepting applications for Students Kindergarten through 8th grades
Students applying for kindergarten must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2013, and Minnesota residents.Fill out the Student Application 2012-2013 ONLINE
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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 MCA STATE ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE
MCA and MOD Online Reading:
MCA Online Reading assessments will occur between March 26 and May 2. The majority of the assessments will occur between April 15 and April 26. Small group, 1 on 1 and Make Ups will occur within the entire testing window.
MCA and MOD Online Math:
MCA Online Math Assessments will occur between March 19 and May 7. The majority of the assessments will occur between April 29 and May 2. Small group, 1 on 1 and Make Ups will occur within the entire testing window.
MCA paper Math and Reading:
MCA paper Math and Reading will occur between April 15 and May 3.
Access for ELL:
Access for ELL Assessments will occur between Feb 4 and Feb 15
MCA Online Science MCA’s will occur between May 6 and May 14.
NORTH STAR NAMED CELEBRATION SCHOOL!
North Star Academy in Duluth has been named a “celebration school” by the Minnesota Department of Education. The K-8 Edison charter school became eligible for the honor in August as part of the state’s latest round of number-crunching called “multiple measurement and focus ratings” for Title I schools. The ratings are designed to gauge how well students are learning and how well schools are narrowing the gap between high-achieving students and certain groups such as low-income students and students of color. Other area schools that were eligible in August were Cloquet’s Churchill Elementary and Carlton’s South Terrace Elementary. The schools have scores that place them in the top 60th to 86th percentile of top performing schools. To be named a celebration school, eligible schools applied and 10 percent of them were chosen. North Star Academy was the only Duluth-area school picked.
The school focused on using data, working in small groups and individually with students and professional development for its teachers to improve reading and math skills, said Bonnie Jorgenson, head of the school. The state rolled out the new student achievement ratings in May after it received a waiver from stringent federal No Child Left Behind mandates. The highest category of school achievement in the system is “reward.” Harbor City International in Duluth was named a reward school in August.
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
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.
TUITION-FREE EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS...
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.
A LONGER SCHOOL DAY FOR BETTER EDUCATION...
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.