Our History

New City School was envisioned to be a school in which best practices in social and academic learning were integrated throughout the school’s community.  With this vision at hand, founders Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross and Linda Crawford applied for charter school status with sponsorship from Hamline University.  In the fall of 2003, NCS opened its doors and welcomed 60 children in grades K-6.

Throughout its 11 years of work, NCS has intentionally remained a small school so that children are truly known by everyone at their school—peers, parents, teachers, staff members, and administrators.  In 2005, New City began to build its middle school program through which skills and knowledge gained in the elementary school could be extended and applied in the upper grades.  New City School now educates children in grades K-8 to be responsive citizens of our city, country and world.

In 2011, New City School arranged a new charter school authorizer partnership with Novation Education Opportunities. Learn more about Novation Education Opportunities.