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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 2013-2014 ONLINE
Click Here for a 2013-2014 Application (PDF)
Fill out the Student Application 2014-2015 ONLINE
**Click Here for a 2014-2015 Application (PDF)
LOTTERY FOR 2014 - 2015
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 school year. Enrollment for NEW students in grades K-8 will be determined by lottery, which will be held on Friday, March 7. In order to be included in the lottery, applications for students joining us for the first time must be submitted or postmarked by February 28, 2014. This includes all K-8 new incoming siblings of students that are currently enrolled with us. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list and accepted on a first come, first serve basis. You can get an application from our website links located above
BOARD CREATES GOLDEN FEATHER AWARD TO HONOR STAFF
Knowing that DECS parents and guardians are always looking for ways to show appreciation to our outstanding staff, the School Board is initiating the Golden Feather Award. The purpose of this award is to give parents an avenue to formally commend a teacher, paraprofessional or other staff member by nominating them for their efforts and ability to encompass our Core Values.
Each year there will be five teacher awards - two teachers from Raleigh and two teachers from North Star grades K-5 and one teacher from North Star’s Junior Academy (grades 6-8). There will also be two paraprofessional awards and two staff awards - one from each school.
To nominate a teacher or staff member complete this form CLICK HERE . Your responses will be automatically submitted to a DPSA Board Member.
Nominations are due on April 1, 2014. A review committee consisting of the North Star and Raleigh Parent Advisory Council Presidents and the Chair of the DPSA Personnel Committee will review the applications and make the selections. The Head of Schools will be an advisor to the review committee.
Our first Golden Feather Awards will be presented at the spring concerts in May.
Duluth Edison Public Schools Legacy Foundation Fundraiser
The legacy foundation is sponsoring it's 1st-Annual Co-Ed Dodge-Ball Fundraiser Tournament that will be held March 1st, 2014 at North Star Academy. Activities will start at 9:00 a.m. For more information please visit the Tournament's Official Website here: https://sites.google.com/a/duluthedison.com/2014-decs-legacy-dodgeball-tournament/.
DECS 2012-2013 Annual Report
Here is a link to our 2012-13 Annual Report. The past year has been a great year of accomplishments for our school. We hope you enjoy reading about them.
DECS Student Testing Schedule
Here is a link to the 2013-2014 Testing Schedule for DECS Students: Testing Schedule 2013-2014.pdf.
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
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.