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High Five

Preschool program for four-year-olds: High Five

HIGH FIVE is a half-day or full-day preschool program for Minneapolis children who:

  1. Turn four years old by September 1.
  2. Start kindergarten the following fall.

Teacher-Student ratio is 2:20 = There are 20 students per class maximum with 1 licensed teacher and 1 associate educator

Locations: High Five sites are located at many Minneapolis Public K-8 schools; see list of locations.

Transportation: FREE

Fee: MPS is required by state law to establish a sliding fee scale for High Five students.

  • The sliding fee scale establishes a recommended amount of payment for service based on family income and family size. See Sliding Fee Scale 
  • No child will be excluded because of their family's inability to pay. The fee for High Five is waived for children who qualify for free and/or reduced priced lunch or who receive special education services. Families that do not qualify for free and/or reduced price lunch will be charged based on the sliding fee scale.

Priority Placement Criteria

Priority placement for all preschool programs goes to  students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for free or reduced lunch (based on family income)
  • Is an English Learner (home language is not English)
  • Is homeless
  • Has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or an individual interagency intervention plan
  • Is identified, through health and developmental screenings, with a potential risk factor that may influence learning
  • Is defined as at risk by Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Lives in the school’s attendance area


Note: Children who are age-eligible for kindergarten are not eligible for enrollment in High Five unless specified by his or her Special Education Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Registration process: You may apply online, complete a school request card in one of our Student Placement Services offices, or call 612.668.1840 or 612.668.3700 for registration information and materials.


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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