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High School Request: Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about high school options and services, visit these locations:

Counseling and Guidance

Graduation Requirements

Career and Technical Education

Dual Credit Options (PSEO)

Q: Does my child have to attend our community high school?

A: You can submit a request for any MPS high school; requests are considered using the placement priority protocols in the placement lottery process. Students who reside in the attendance area for a community high school have the highest priority at that school.

Q: What are middle school pathways to high school?

A: Minneapolis Public Schools assigns 8th graders to their community high school based on their home address unless a request for a dfiferent school is submitted. Eighth graders are not automatically pathwayed from middle school to high school.

Q: Do all 8th grade students need to submit a high school request?

A: We encourage families of 8th graders to explore all their school options and submit a high school request. If a request is not submitted the student will be automatically assigned to their community high school based on their home address.

Q: What is the Go-to Card program?

A: A Go-To Card is a pre-paid fare card for students. It allows for unlimited rides on city buses and light rail to and from school and it can also be used after school hours for other student activities. MPS replaced traditional yellow school buses with the Go-To card for transporting high school students. Students with special needs requiring bus transportation will still receive those services. 

Q: What if my child does not get placed at our preferred school?

A: We do not maintain high school waiting lists, but if your student does not get a spot at your top rqeusted school and you believe there is information we should know regarding your student's situation, such as an academic special interest, or health and safety concern, please communicate with the Student Placement Services team.

Q: What citywide high school programs are available to all Minneapolis residents?

A: The following are citywide schools and programs:

  • Contract Alternative Schools
  • Edison
  • FAIR High School of Arts
  • Henry
  • Heritage Academy
  • Minneapolis Academy and Career Center (MAAC)
  • MPS Online
  • North
  • Roosevelt programs: Auto and Construction, Health Careers, and Spanish Dual Language
  • South All Nations program at South High School

If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.1840.
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