Education & Schools

Our Education Programs provide opportunities for education and academic success for students who have not been successful in a traditional classroom setting (or experience other obstacles to success) so that they may improve their quality of life and lead successful lives in their homes and community.

AARP Experience Corps — Engages people over 50 years old in boosting literacy and academic performance of children in urban schools.

Adult High School Diploma Program
 — for students age 18 and over who are English Language Learners and/or need a high school diploma.

Charter School Authorizing Program — offers authorization to Minnesota charter schools who provide successful learning opportunities to students in small, educationally creative settings.  Authorization includes strong oversight, accountability and resources to help charter schools succeed.

Continuing Education Unit Committee — A state-approved committee that approves continuing education clock hours for the re-licensing of teachers of Volunteers of America-Minnesota alternative and specialty schools, as well as charter schools sponsored by Volunteers of America-Minnesota.

Opportunity High School —   a contracted specialty school with Minneapolis Public Schools which is open to all students and specializes in meeting the educational needs of English Language Learners.  Day and evening classes offer flexibility for students to choose programs that best meet their needs.  The school’s caring, committed and qualified teachers are experts in their subject matter.  A low student-staff ratio means more one-on-one attention for each student. - See more at:

Phoenix SALT High School (PSH) — is a state approved alternative program contracting with the Minneapolis Public Schools. This is a program for students in grades 10-12 in need of a smaller educational setting and credit make-up. An additional feature is an experiential and environmentally themed component that focuses on leadership development and community based service learning. Independent study option is also available.