Loring Nicollet Alternative School

Updated Mar 26, 2021
1925 Nicollet Ave S - Minneapolis MN - 55403
Type of autonomy arrangement: leadership goodwill
Basic Profile

Opened In



9 through 12




District - Alternative
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
Loring Nicollet Alternative School (LNAS) is an Alternative Contract School that falls within the alternative program statute in Minnesota. This program is designed to provide alternative education programs for students for whom traditional schools have not worked. Project for Pride in Living has a contract to manage the school from Minneapolis Public Schools. The contract requires a licensed “program manager” rather than a principal or director. At LNAS this is their lead teacher. De facto autonomy is given to the teacher team by Project for Pride in Living.

About the Learning Program

Loring Nicollet Alternative School (LNAS) is a fully accredited high school for students who want something different from a large, traditional public high school. The most successful environment for students is one that is safe and one that validates their experiences. The foundation of this environment at LNAS consists of respect for individuality, a multicultural and gender-fair curriculum, an informal atmosphere, participatory democracy, open communication, trust, honesty, values clarification, personal growth, self-discipline, and the balance between group and individual responsibility and decision making.