Nasha Shkola, a free, choice public school, open to all MN students will be an innovative, diploma granting charter school that provides leadership for quality education in the Metropolitan area,

has as its mission, in cooperation with the family and community the development of Russian/English bilingual students that are all at or above grade level; are life-long learners; care for others; are adaptable; are prepared for and understand the need to have and a personal desire for additional education; and become contributing members of society.

We are committed to achieving this mission by:

  • Providing a safe and nurturing educational environment where families are integral and differences are celebrated
  • Developing exemplary programs that are evaluated and revised
  • Requiring that a data-based decision making culture is the norm
  • Having high expectations for the student, family, teachers and the school that are clearly defined in terms of measurable standards, and
  • Insisting that the students’ individual needs are met.
  • Presenting its curriculum in the context of:

An innovative and creative curriculum and educational program

A rigorous, research-based curriculum that sets the highest academic standards for all learning styles

A Russian Language Program, a Pullout ELL Program and Russian Heritage, Language and Culture Programs that will support the native English-speaking group and the non-English group (Russian speakers) in learning academic content in both languages and both groups develop academic proficiency in both languages and jointly both groups develop an understanding and appreciation of the Russian, American and World cultures, literature, and arts.

Through a long-term commitment to our mission, we will be known as one of the highest performing and as one of the most successful K-12 charter school in the Metropolitan area that is preparing and inspiring all students to eagerly pursue more education and expecting all its students to earn a diploma. Our students, families and the community will see Nasha Shkola as offering a rigorous, highly successful, innovative program and research-based curriculum that fully prepares its students for success both while in school and in life after graduation.

NS will open as a K-5 elementary school and it will add one grade per year through grade twelve. The initial student enrollment will be 252 students and at capacity will be 546.

The school will be located in the west metro region of Hennepin County.

NS is being developed as a classical (Core Knowledge) academy with an emphasis on fundamental skills through Direct and Differentiated Instruction. The school will have both an extended school day and school year resulting in 20% more instructional time per year. NS will implement a Russian Language Program, an ELL Program and a Russian Heritage, Language and Culture Program to meet the needs of all enrollees and promote high proficiency in all subject areas. The school will implement the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model, a research-based and validated instructional model that has been proven effective in addressing the academic needs of English learners. In addition, Responsive Classroom and will be implemented.

Nasha Shkola is committed to developing a “Data Driven Decision Making Culture” in the school. The school, in collaboration with their authorizer, will develop SMART goals relating to all areas of their academic and non-academic programs. All data relating to achievement of these goals will be monitored, collected, stored and analyzed - measuring success. The major data sources will be MCA-II’s, NWEA/MAP, SOLOM, TEAE, MTELL, MTAS, LAS, teacher records, annual audit, the school’s annual report, staff, student and parent surveys, authorizer site visits, and school records.

In addition, Nasha Shkola will utilize the data collected and the practices utilized by the dissemination grant training/mentorship activities undertaken over the last two years for initial cohorts of MN charter schools (all with substantial minority enrollments) that led to significant increases in MCAII proficiency results in reading and in math!