Elementary School | 2101 E. 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Middle School | 2103 E. 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Aurora Charter School students in grades 3-8 are required to take all state required tests. The results of these tests are mailed out to parents when results are given to the school.
Cumulative Test Data is posted on the school website annually along with the Annual Report.
Please do not hesitate to call the Director if you have any questions. Thank you.
Aurora Charter School has been operation since September 2000. In April 1998, a consortium of education and social service professionals working within the Hispanic community of Minneapolis began meeting to address a number of growing concerns. Chief among these concerns were the disproportionately high drop-out rates among Hispanic students and the need for change in the existing system for new immigrant students. The group explored research from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Bilingual Education. They found compelling evidence regarding the dual language/bilingual education model, and Aurora Charter School was born.
Aurora opened in 2000 with 53 K-1 students, adding a grade level each consecutive year. The school now serves grades K-8 with more than 300 students. Aurora Charter School also added a "Community Education Childcare Program" for four-year old children. The decision to add this program came, again, out of the disproportionate lack of affordable and high quality daycare within the Hispanic community to prepare children for school.
The majority of our students live in the South Minneapolis area (64%). From the North Side of Minneapolis, we draw 30% of our students, and 6% live outside of the Minneapolis area. Aurora's students are 98% Hispanic identified (1% White and 1% Black). The majority of our students come from homes where Spanish is the first and home language. For the majority of our parents, the United States is their second home: they grew up in a Spanish speaking country, and English is their second language. 79% of Aurora Charter School students are English Learners. 96% of Aurora's students qualify for free or reduced price breakfast and lunch, and the school has a consistent annual attendance rate of 97%, which surpasses the state standard.
Our Staff & Operations
Aurora's staff of 42 includes 23 teachers. Our teachers in grades (Child Care Program) through second grade are native Spanish speakers and bilingual in Spanish and English. They have the knowledge and skills to teach Spanish curriculum. These skills are fundamental to teaching these grade levels because the instructional language is Spanish and first language of literacy for our (Child Care Program) through second grade students is Spanish. Beginning in the third grade through fifth grade, students split their day between Spanish and English, increasing English literacy while maintaining the first language. Beginning in the 6th grade through 8th grade, the language of instruction is English with a Spanish class to maintain their Spanish language. 80% of Aurora's staff are bilingual or native Spanish speakers.
Grade levels share a teaching assistant. There are eight teaching assistants, and all are native Spanish speakers or bilingual. Key support staff are also native Spanish speaking or bilingual. By having Spanish speaking and bilingual staff, it assures that there are no language barriers for the parents and allows for parents to stay involved in their children's education.
Currently, our school leadership includes three administrators, two receptionists, and an office assistant who perform Aurora Charter School's day-to-day operations and ensure that the school continues to be a wonderful place to learn and work for all students and employees.
Aurora Charter School is privileged to have the Audubon Center of the North Woods as our authorizer..
Audubon Center of the North Woods