Loring Nicollet Alternative School

1925 Chicago Avenue S - Minneapolis MN - 55404
Type of autonomy arrangement: Leadership Goodwill
Basic Profile

Opened In







District - Alternative


Determine learning program
Set school-level policy
Determine professional development
Determine authorizer assessments
Determine state assessments


Select colleagues
Evaluate colleagues
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine tenure policy
Select leaders


Determine school budget
Set staff pattern
Determine compensation
Determine teacher workday
Set schedule
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.