About Us

Avalon is a small, tuition-free public charter school for students in grades 6-12, located in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. At Avalon, our curricular focus is Project-Based Learning, a model which empowers our students to explore their passions while developing the communication, time management and collaborative skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

Avalon's mission statement is: Avalon School prepares students for college and life in a strong, nurturing community that inspires active learning, engaged citizenship, and hope for the future.

We all learn and teach each other at Avalon by:

Creating a content–rich curriculum. Our content emphasizes global relevance, stresses depth over breadth, and draws upon the passions and interests of its students. 

Empowering students to foster a positive school culture and establish core values. These core values are student-driven and emphasize the importance of academic excellence and active citizenship, and also will contribute to students' individual character and value development. 

Teaching students how to develop meaningful interpersonal, communication, and learning skills. Honing these skills complements students’ academic achievements and can increase opportunities for success in the real world. 

Partnering with community members and experts within their own fields or trades. At Avalon, we are always seeking new ways to involve community members and volunteers!

Volunteering means helping students:

  • Identify their intellectual passions

  • Develop their individual learning styles

  • Teach real–life skills

  • Offer apprenticeship / internship / volunteer opportunities

Providing a safe, nurturing, and accepting community. At Avalon, community is everything. We strive to maintain a strong, democratic learning community in which students are not only accepted for who they are as individuals, but also for their passions, interests, and talents. 

Advocating for social justice and equity for all students. In addition to creating a safe space on our own school grounds, we also encourage our students to advocate for greater social justice movements in our neighborhood, city, state, country, and world. 

Tasking all students with the responsibility of creating a great learning environment. All members of Avalon’s student body are welcome and encouraged to be involved in school-wide decision–making. All students have the opportunity to influence and support the way things function within our school.


To learn more about Avalon School, please read through our history or peruse the Annual Report.  Want someone else's perspecitve?  Read testomonials from former parents, Avalon alums, and education professionals or check out the Awards and Recognition section to see what others have been saying.

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