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About This School

Avalon School is a charter high school in Saint Paul. The principal of Avalon School is Carrie Bakken and can be contacted at carrie@avalonschool.org. 190 students go to Avalon School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 33% of the 190 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Avalon School is 12:1. Skills for Tomorrow Charter School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% 71%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 5%
Hispanic 5% 3%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 18%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 2%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    This school is filled with one-on-one support provided by caring staff. There is always someone to listen and a great variety of students. Students are given the option to work at their own pace whatever that might be and are still able to graduate on time. Never is bullying an issue at Avalon because of the tight social community that encompasses the entire campus. -Parent

  • (3 months ago)

    This school has not prepared me for college at all. I'm definetly very behind in all my academics especially math and science.

  • (3 months ago)

    This school does not focus on education. I consider this a last resort school for children who are not able to be successful in other schools.

  • (3 months ago)

    Avalon is school that accepts a variety of learning styles and is full of diversity. Its project based learning curriculum fosters independence and creative thinking in students. The staff are excellent and it shows that they want each student to succeed in their own unique way. Avalon helps each student grow as a person while helping teach them how to become contributing members of a community. I am an Avalon graduate and have gone on to earn my bachelors degree and masters degree. I attribute my success in college to the skills I learned and the support I had while attending Avalon. I would highly recommend Avalon to any 7th-12 grade student who is looking to grow as a person not only a learner.

  • (4 months ago)

    My kids were homeschooled through middle school and attended and graduated from Avalon after that. Avalon was an incredibly nurturing welcoming place that made the transition from homeschool to "regular" school as smooth as it could be. Avalon's culture of inclusion and respect allowed my kids to thrive. They each found ways to dig into what interested them and found excellent allies and supporters in the teachers and staff. My kids enjoyed the culture of Avalon and the freedom it allowed them. We all appreciated the way the staff and teachers got to know not only the kids but our whole family - and their willingness to meet the kids where they were but also to challenge them. Well I appreciated that. The kids weren't always excited to be challenged. )

  • (4 months ago)

    I am an alumni of Avalon School. I transferred to Avalon after my junior year of High school. Although I only spent my senior year at Avalon I believe that it prepared me for life after high school more than any other school could. It is a project based school that allows students to take charge of their own education and it also helps them to take their interests and explore them at an advanced level. The advisers are extremely passionate about helping their students explore learn and grow. The students are on a first name basis with their advisers which helps create a more comfortable environment for the students. Although I think Avalon is a great school I do think that prospective students should be extremely aware that they must be independent and ready to take charge of their own education. since the school is project based the students are in charge of creating their own projects/classes and timelines of getting things done on time. And at my time at Avalon their was very little bullying. the advisers work hard to make Avalon a community where students can feel free to be themselves and learn in a comfortable enviorment.

  • (4 months ago)

    Avalon school is a great place for my daughter where she can explore her interests in a nurturing academic environment. The advisors are awesome and genuinely care about their students and their school!

  • (4 months ago)

    I enrolled at Avalon as a transfer student midway through my freshman year of high school and graduated in 2008. To this day I still believe that transferring to Avalon was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. At Avalon I was able to pursue my passions and make new discoveries. The small class sizes meant that my teachers knew me and understood my unique learning needs and talents - they knew how to capture my attention and get me to live up to my full potential. Most importantly Avalon teaches students lessons that go well beyond books and equations. The skills I learned at Avalon put me in excellent standing in college where I excelled due to my aptitude for time management and independent study. Avalon's focus on networking and interview skills has served me well throughout my professional career as it taught me the value of relationships and impressions. My experience at Avalon was nothing but positive and I firmly believe that I owe my current success to the education I received there. Avalon is nurturing inspiring and unique and I am proud to be an Avalon alum.

  • (5 months ago)

    My child attends this school is being bullied on a regular basis. The staff obviously know but claim they cannot do anything. Yet in the meantime they have all these plays about how people shouldnt be bullied. Also they have terrible textbooks for math and science

  • (8 months ago)

    Avalon es un colegio fenomenal la mayoria de los estudiantes se seinten muy a gusto de ir al colegio todos los dias. El personal docente que trabajan con los estudiantes estan capacitado para guiar a los estudiante en sus proyectos independientes de una manera respetuosa y cordial. Los maestros siempre estan listos para escucharlos y brindar ayuda a los que necesitan. Mi hija y mi familia nos sentimos muy felices y orgullosa de se parte de Avalon.

  • (9 months ago)

    Avalon School is exceptional because it continues to grow and sustain its essential values to live daily as a celebrative place a caring place a creative place a communicative place a place of high standards and expectations a place where student and teachers and parents are in charge. It is a place where most are excited to go in the morning and reluctant to leave at night.

  • (11 months ago)

    Avalon is a school that is seriously student-centered and project-based. As a parent you have to sometimes hold on and believe that what your child is doing at school is enough - because it is even if it doesn't look like the traditional experience. We chose Avalon because our son was the kind of kid who had to be nagged every night about traditional read the chapter and answer the questions homework; but when given an open-ended assignment he would become completely absorbed in it. Avalon has been a great balance for him between seminar style classes and self-initiated projects. DO choose Avalon if you are interested in your child becoming an independent learner. DON"T choose Avalon if you need your child's education to look like your neighbor's child's education.

  • (11 months ago)

    My school is unique. I have given up trying to describe it to people who attended a traditional high-school. Avalon's independent project-based learning style allowed me to discover topics about which I am passionate. The time management and independence that was fostered at Avalon allowed me to greatly succeed in college. I graduated this past May from Goucher College in Maryland with multiple academic honors. I recently began working as an employee of the Baltimore City government working with the city's historic properties. I am confident that the independence and passion for learning that Avalon instilled in me has been instrumental to the success and general happiness I have found post-high school.

  • (11 months ago)

    Amazing school my children attended middle school here and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. They are so excited to begin high school at Avalon they are counting down the days until school starts again.

  • (11 months ago)

    Avalon is an authentically student-centered institution. The primary focus is on student learning and not simply on executing a curriculum. The staff at Avalon meet students where they are help them go as far as students are willing. The staff know my children and lead them in developing skills to explore their interests and share their understandings. I've been repeatedly surprised and thrilled to hear sound and personalized advice to my sons from their advisors regarding their personal responsibilities and educational goals. THEY KNOW MY CHILDREN AND MY CHILDREN KNOW AND HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THEMSELVES AND THE AVALON COMMUNITY. Avalon is a model of excellence in education.

  • (11 months ago)

    Avalon is a unique school with unique teachers & unique students. Avalon is a teacher cooperative - no principal or superintendent. Instead there is a board with a healthy mix of teachers & parents. The middle school has classes & introduces students to project work. In 9th- 12th students complete graduation requirments through project based learning & seminars. Because of its unique structure Avalon attracts teachers willing to earn a bit less and driven to develop their own curriculum - with the students. There is no boxed curriculum or cookie cutter teaching here. Service week is a great experience . Learning takes place via classroom activities and assignments before and after service week as well as the service activities themselves. Many of Avalon's students have not fit in at large traditional schools & are past victims of bullying. Avalon has a higher than average # of Aspie ADHD gay lesbian bi & transgendered students. Kids bullied out of other schools often find a home at Avalon. Our Aspie 8th grader struggles some but grew & learned so must last year! We're confident our daughter will graduate & move on to higher education.

  • (11 months ago)

    My son attended Avalon High School in Saint Paul for 2 1/2 years graduating this past spring. It was the perfect fit for him because it allowed him to take ownership of his education. Through the project based educational system he discovered a passion for plants and will be attending a liberal arts college in the fall to study biology and botany. When he started at Avalon at the end of his sophomore year he was headed to dropping out of school or taking an extra year to finish. The beauty of the system is that the fantastic teachers are willing to let the kids fail! When my son realized this he woke up and took his education seriously. The teachers were there 100% to nurture guide and encourage him but they weren't going to pass him along just so he could graduate. It's tough love but it was what my son needed.

  • (11 months ago)

    There are so many good things to say about Avalon. Community involvement bringing people into the school to work with the students (for instance by requiring an expert in the chosen field to be part of your senior project) and by sending the students out to do volunteer work. They encourage students to love learning to explore what interests them rather than just regurgitating information. And perhaps most importantly they teach social acceptance and tolerance. It's a haven for anyone questioning gender. But it's much more mundane than that too anyone from prospective auto mechanics and hair dressers to wanna be novelists and incipient peace activists find a place. I point this out because Avalon I think has a reputation as a leftist/alternative haven but not in any puritanical sense. There is always lively debate from almost all points of view. They practice a form of diversity that is genuinely diverse and they guide the students toward dialog rather than sloganeering.

  • (11 months ago)

    It's a simple principle that people will easily learn things that they're interested in. Avalon made me interested in almost everything. By the time I graduated my head was spinning from all the directions that my curiosity was taking me. This happened because the advisors can give each student guidance in their own direction. They really find what students need and want and can send them down their own path. Advisors trust their students which is a kind of respect that you don't see anywhere else.

  • (11 months ago)

    I definitely would have dropped out had I not attended Avalon. The project system is absolutely to die for.

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