Mill City High School to Open in Downtown Minneapolis – Fall 2015

This fall Mill City High School will welcome up to 130 ninth and tenth graders in space leased at First Covenant Church, located at 810 South 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis. This new charter high school will promote a unique, academically rigorous brand of classical education in the church’s education wing.

The First Covenant Church facility is 70,000 square feet and situated on a city bus line and just one block from a light rail hub. Mill City will be located in a space separate from but connected to the church sanctuary. The education building that will house the school includes a commercial kitchen, gymnasium, and proscenium stage.

Mill City High is backed by the Minnesota Guild, a non-profit charter school authorizer sponsored by the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers. The Guild was the first union-backed charter school authorizer in the country.

“We were searching for an urban site in which to pioneer our program of global classical studies,” said John Miller, the schools start-up director. “Minnesota has several high-performing charters that provide classical education, but we take that western-centric model and apply it to the great works of world traditions: East, West and Indigenous. We couldn’t have a better location than First Covenant to attract a diverse student body that reflects the cultural breadth of our curriculum.”

The Rev. Dan Collison, senior pastor of First Covenant and executive director of the East Downtown Council, said, “It is not a secret that leaders from the downtown Minneapolis residential, business, and civic communities have been asking for new high-quality schools for years now. Thus, when Mill City approached us for a long-term lease it was with great enthusiasm that we began partnership conversations.

Mill City High is currently accepting applications for ninth and tenth grade only. Grades 11 and 12 will be added in successive years. Families are encouraged to apply online at