Connections High School

Updated Oct 13, 2021
401 Centennial Ln. - Staples MN - 56479
Type of autonomy arrangement: leadership goodwill
Basic Profile

Opened In



Grades 9-12




Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Facto
Authority rests on the goodwill of the superintendent.

About the Learning Program

The guiding principles of Connections High School are: 1. Project-based learning is the framework: Do. Apply. Reflect, 2. Connections High School is a multi-grade 9th - 12th classroom with daily advisories, 3. Connections is grounded in core standards in math, science and language arts, 4. Academic skills and work skills: attendance, positive attitude, cooperation, initiative and communication skills have equal importance, 5. Students are responsible for their learning; adults serve as facilitators, 6. Students learn without limits and across disciplines within and outside of the school building, 7. Students plan and goal set for the present and future, 8. Students serve others and the community.