School Details

The Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School

100 Vadnais Blvd, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
(651) 209-3910
4

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 7-12 261 students 15 students/teacher (MN avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

29%
29%
57%
33%
33%
56%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Afsa High School average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

47%
47%
60%
35%
35%
56%
32%
32%
45%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Afsa High School average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
93%
88%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD)

In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Afsa High School average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
50%
60%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Afsa High School average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
50%
51%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
33%
33%
52%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II)

In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
52%
52%
66%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD)

In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Afsa High School average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

37%
37%
53%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Afsa High School average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

The Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School is a charter high school in Vadnais Heights. 261 students go to The Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 42% of the 261 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at The Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School is 15:1. Creative Alternatives Program is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 73% 73%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian 4% %
Multiracial 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 42%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    The Director of this School is one of the most unprofessional individuals I have ever dealt with as a parent. It is quite concerning to me that this is the type of person running this school and making decisions that affect our children. A director of a school should lead by example and is responsible for overseeing the teaching of our youth and preparing them for going out into the world and be the best that they can be. I expect so much more from an educator and someone in the educational system.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had 2 children attend AFSA and looking back I see it was a great decision. There they developed a great work ethic and how important it is to be a life long learner. I would send my child there again in a heartbeat and highly recommend it.

  • (2 years ago)

    The decision to send my daughter to this school was the worst decision I could possibly make. She was continually bullied during the time she spent there many students and faculty witnessed the events and the principle refused to take action. The teachers also show favoritism to the FFA officers who also tend to be the students who make others feel below them. She found the classes even the few AP classes offered to be filled with busy work and not actual content. The whole school is run by three individuals in the office which include the principle and her two adult children. Beyond the problems with the faculty the majority of the students have severe behavioral issues and were kicked out of public schools making the learning environment difficult.

  • (2 years ago)

    As an FFA officer I recommend this school for anyone who's interested in agriculture and science or for anyone who loves small classroom sizes and good food (we grow our own lettuce in our green house). Everyone who applies to this school is signed up to the FFA which allows everyone to participate in activities the program offers. With this school the FFA is no longer just for farming kids. We also have Science Fair which is required by every student to graduate. If you plan to go to this school I would recommend starting on it now. This is a great safe and friendly school with very few flaws. Students come from all over the Twin Cities to come and learn here from Saint Paul (where I'm from) Minneapolis Shoreview Oakdale Anoka and even as far as Forest Lake (and even further). Spots for entry are limited so try to apply as fast as you can.

  • (2 years ago)

    AFSA Students Achieve College Success! AFSA High School boasts a population of 300 students in grades 7-12. In the 2011-2012 School year students at AFSA earned 180 credits at the University of Minnesota through the College in the Schools Program at a value of over $80 000. AFSA offers College in the Schools Classes through the University of Minnesota. During the 2012-2013 school year they are offering classes Political Science Plant Propagation Math Modeling Literature and Calculus.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have attended AFSA for the last four years. In that time I have seen it grow from slightly over 200 to know at capacity. In that time I really have noticed a lot of things. It began as a great school (I came from a large school district) I liked the small class sizes and one on one however something you don't really see is the students who come to AFSA with extreme behavior problems who really take away from the learning environment. Second the staff get really close to the students which can be good but bad as well because a lot of situations get blown off. All in all AFSA is an okay school has the opportunities to get you going in the right direction but often most kids this is there last choice. Oh another thing the staff is really young which makes them energetic but not to many seem to stay around long when they find a new opportunity they move on which is kind of a bummer. If I had to recommend if a student should attend id say its determined on an individual basis. If you need more 1 on 1 then AFSA is great. Not meant for everyone though Students 2 Opportunities 3 Real Life Preparation 1 Student Life 1 At times it feels more like an ALC then a public charter school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I attended AFSA after going to public elementary and middle schools. I loved this school. Not only do the teachers bring in fresh learning ideas but they are willing to listen to ideas that students have. They are also willing to hire past students after they graduate from college which is wonderful! I went here for four years minus 4 months at a public high school JUST to see if I was missing anything...and I wasn't at all! No other school in the area gives kids the opportunity to go on trips or take fun Friday classes. It's an interesting set up but it makes for a fun and interesting experience where kids can learn in hands on classes. The Agriculture and Science perspectives sound weird but in reality those topics are everywhere and affect everything thing on earth in different ways so it s not so out there of an emphasis for a school.

  • (4 years ago)

    It took a little prodding but the team at AFSA has made some progress with my son.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am so grateful for AFSA. I have had 2 children attend here; my son who graduated from AFSA 3 yrs ago had a fabulous HS experience...he was hungry to learn and he was challenged academicaly encouraged and had so many wonderful opportunities and experiences and grew so much in those years. My 9th grade daughter that attends now has special needs and again her experience is exceptional! She is learning and growing and is so encouraged and supported and has had success after success this year! I am grateful to our principal for her strong leadership for the amazing and excellent teachers and staff she hires how well AFSA is organized and how many opportunities and experiences the students have here! This is a school of ENCOURAGEMENT! The teachers are excited about what they teach and they really really care about each individual student! This has been a perfect school for both of my children and our family!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school was perfect for my high achieving daughter. It was small enough that she could be involved in everything she wanted. Class sizes were exceptional and the teachers deeply cared about and advocated for each student. She left AFSA with 20 college credits already earned and was accepted at her top choice of college with many scholarships to boot.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have 2 kids at AFSA and it has been a great experience for them and for us as parents. The opportunities for leadership small class sizes very caring teachers and challenging academics make it a perfect school for us. There are plenty of opportunities for every student and the athletics programs are competitive yet allow for everyone to participate. I am very confident they are learning what they are supposed to as indicated by their standardized test scores and ACT scores.

  • (4 years ago)

    I was previously a student at AFSA and If you're looking for a place to send your child I suggest looking elsewhere. There is about 5 people in the office running the whole school and deciding everything! If I were to run into a personal predicament or needed discipline there would be no over ruling or higher superior other than the office employees deciding for you. Alot of the teachers here are unqualified and I feel as if they were hired because other local accomplished schools wouldn't hire them. Basically your student here would be trapped and transferring would be difficult because the Agriculture credits they REQUIRE often times more than not don't transfer. The social setting is not much better it's harder to find people with your interests in such a small setting. A word of advice from an AFSA alumni DO NOT send your kid here. Both of you will regret it. More kids come and transfer throughout a year than necessary save yourself the hassle.

  • (5 years ago)

    My kids are juniors at AFSA. They were home schooled through 8th grade and we were looking for a smaller friendly school. We found it at AFSA! The teachers are excellent and dedicated. They really get to know the kids and are able to have a postive influence on their lives. We can't say enough good about this school and the best thing is our kids are excelling and loving it.

  • (6 years ago)

    i go to this school and it is great i love it very hands on and easy to learn

  • (7 years ago)

    AFSA changes students lives--I have never experienced a school quite like this! It is amazing what a group of dedicated teachers can do!

  • (10 years ago)

    Parent involvement is the highest I have seen at a public school. The small size of the school makes for close friendships among students much like at private schools. AFSA is geared toward the high level achevier but at the same time a large number of the students are in Special Education. Discipline is lacking especially in the lower grades. The move to a new building next year may increase the level of cleanliness.

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