Our History

New City School was founded in 2003 by a group of ambitious educators who understood that that every learner is a unique human being and that social and emotional learning is just as essential as academic learning. This approach to schooling involved the adoption of Responsive Classroom principles and practices, the creation of an arts-rich learning environment, daily and intentional cultivation of the school community, and an approach to student discipline as growth and learning. Over the last decade, New City’s K-8 program, enrollment, and offerings have grown gradually and intentionally. Arts residencies, frequent field trips, personalized learning experiences, and community-building are all routine dimensions of school life. New City staff monitor and adopt best practices that improve our students’ growth and achievement. Over the last several years New City students have matched or exceeded state average scores on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments and earned a “Reward School” designation for the 2013 MCA’s. New City continues to refine its offerings and its learning systems to refine the quality of its small-school experience.