Frequently Asked Questions

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Northeast College Prep is a free public charter school that serves students of all economic and cultural backgrounds with a priority on closing the opportunity gap (or achievement gap).

Modeled after Global Academy, a high-performing school that is successfully closing the opportunity gap, Northeast College Prep positively changes the life trajectory path of many Minneapolis students.

We believe that children and adults grow into strong critical and creative thinkers when they have the opportunity to learn alongside others with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  Northeast College Prep prepares all students to be able to graduate from college, if they choose.

Northeast College Prep serves Kindergarten – 8th grade.

Northeast College Prep is located in Northeast Minneapolis at 300 Industrial Blvd. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413, near 280 and E. Hennepin.

7:20am – 2:30pm every day Monday – Friday.

Students may arrive anytime between 7:20 and 7:40am.

Dismissal occurs between 2:30 and 2:45pm

Every K-8th grade student attends Spanish, Arabic, Music, Art and Physical Education on a rotating period. Additionally, all students have daily recess and go to the library every week or every other week (depending on their grade).

Here is the 2021-22 school year calendar .  If you would like a printed copy, write a note to your child’s teacher or call the office, and we will send one home in their homework folder.

Here is a detailed document with student assessment dates  NECP Assessment Calendar

Here is the 2019-2020 Attendance Policy.

NECP is purchasing school supplies for all students for the 2021-2022 school year. No need to bring school supplies from home.

Northeast College Prep requires its students to be in uniform unless expressly exempted from wearing a uniform by the school’s administration. The school will provide each student with one uniform polo shirt. Additional polo shirts can be purchased in the school office for $10.   Other parts of the uniform may be purchased at local stores. 

Uniform guidelines are as follows: 

Tops required for all students (unless wearing navy blue, khaki, gray or black abaya or jumper):

  • Kindergarten to 6th Grade: Dark blue, collared, polo shirt with Northeast College Prep logo
  • Middle School (grades 6 and 7): Light Blue, Dark Blue, or Orange collared, polo shirt with Northeast College Prep logo

Tops (optional for all students):

  • Dark blue, gray or black plain (no writing or logos, no hoods) sweater or sweatshirt
  • NECP navy blue fleece (over polo)
  • Can wear any color long sleeve shirt underneath NECP polo
  • Can have a hijab covering part of the polo shirt
  • Plain navy blue, gray, or black sweaters or sweatshirts are permitted to wear over Northeast College Prep polo shirt.  No writing, logos, or emblems on sweaters or sweatshirts (except Northeast College Prep logo).  If a sweater or sweatshirt is not plain dark blue, gray or black, the student will be asked to borrow a sweatshirt from the office for the day.  The NECP logo shirt must be worn underneath.
  • No hoods on any clothing worn inside.  This includes long sleeve shirts worn under the polo shirts or navy blue, gray, or black sweatshirts.  Hooded sweatshirts with any design can be worn at recess.
  • *** Middle School Only (Grades 7 and 8)  *** Hoodies with the Northeast College Prep logo may be worn during school hours for middle school students only. No other hoodies are allowed.  Hoods remain down inside the building.


  • Khaki, dark blue, gray or black skirt, pants, jumpers or shorts
  • No jeans
  • No oversized or baggy pants
  • Leggings are permitted (any color, any pattern) as long as other black, navy blue, gray or khaki clothing items are worn over.
  • Dresses: Jumpers, Abaya and Jelbab are permitted in khaki, gray, dark blue or black.   It is not required to wear an NECP polo over or under these.


  • Any style, color, or patterned hijab may be worn


  • All students must wear gym shoes on the days they have gym. 
  • If students forget to bring their gym shoes, they can borrow a pair of shoes so all students can participate in gym class everyday.
  • If students wear shoes with lights and they use them to cause a distraction in class, they will lose the privilege of those shoes and borrow a pair of shoes without lights to wear in class.


  • All clothing must be free from distraction
    • No jewelry or accessories that detract from learning
    • No toys allowed at school, please leave those at home
    • Prefer backpacks without lights
    • Nothing attached to the backpack (please no luggage tags or keychains or anything that can be a distraction)

Special Dress Days

  • On special dress days, students must bring a uniform with them in their backpack.  If they lose the privilege of special dress, they will change into their uniform.

Winter Clothing (required):

  • Boots (and tennis shoes for inside).  Students can keep their tennis shoes at school overnight and wear their boots to and from school.
  • Coat
  • Hat
  • Mittens or gloves

Winter Clothing (optional):

  • Snow pants
  • Scarf

Students without snow pants and winter clothing may have limited outdoor recess choices.  All students will go outside with the class everyday there is outdoor recess.

Students who are not in uniform will be sent to the office to change into a borrowed uniform or go home if they refuse to comply with school rules. If the administration believes a student’s appearance, grooming, or mode of dress interferes with or disrupts the educational process or school activities or poses a threat to the health or safety of the student or others, the student will be directed to make modifications or will be sent home for the day. A parent or guardian will be notified.

If you have questions about the uniform policy, please contact the school office.

There are two classes of about 24 students in each grade.  Students have one “homeroom” classroom teacher for all of their subjects and they also have two specialist classes every day (i.e. Arabic, Spanish, Music, Art and Physical Education).  5th and 6th graders have a homeroom teacher and one other teacher.  For example, in 5th and 6th grade one teacher teaches both classes literacy and one teacher teaches both classes math.  In 7th and 8th grade, students start and end their day in advisory.  They move to different classes and have four different teachers (one Math, one English Language Arts, one that alternates Science and Social Studies and one elective teacher).  The electives change by term so all students have one term with each of the five specialist classes.

No.  Northeast College Prep is open to any student.  Free transportation is provided to students within the busing zone but any student can attend, even if they live outside of the busing zone.

There is no single ethnic majority represented at our school.  Twelve different primary languages are spoken in the homes of our students.  We believe schools must prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in an increasingly diverse society.  In addition to preparing students academically, schools must also promote cross-racial understanding and tolerance among groups and improve life opportunities for all students.  Students who learn in diverse, integrated learning environments have been found to have better critical thinking skills, academic achievement and life options.

In 2018, Northeast College Prep was recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education as a High Quality Charter School because of our years of academic data and sound financial accounting.

98% of Northeast College Prep families say their student is learning “a lot” at NECP and 96% of families will or have recommended NECP to other families.  Many students have found success at Northeast College Prep, even those who hadn’t found success at previous schools because of the calm and peaceful school culture, commitment to including all children, and dedication to knowing students and their families.

Our teachers:

  • Believe in our Core Convictions
  • Are talented, dedicated, caring adults who expect all children to learn at high levels
  • Are trained to treat children respectfully and interact calmly with everyone
  • Meet all state employment certification requirements and have passed a rigorous screening process
  • Regularly analyze data to effectively teach students what they specifically need
  • Believe that teaching students well with critical thinking, higher order questions and community action projects will disregard the need for a focus on test preparation
  • Are committed to constantly improving their teaching
  • Work closely with other staff to ensure the success of every student

To learn more about each of our staff members, visit “our team –> career and staff.”

Absolutely!  We support the teaching of all students.  We train our teachers in how to teach students with a variety of needs and welcome all students to our school.  Our Special Education teachers and English Language Development teachers are committed to the success of every student.

A charter school is a public school.  It is funded by the state, much like traditional public district schools are funded.  Charter schools receive the resources they need, given the number of children, just like all public schools.

Charter schools have their own School Board and are required to be accountable to the same state measures.  If growth is not made, charter schools can be closed by the authorizer and the Minnesota Department of Education.

We value family engagement and offer a variety of ways families can get involved, although family participation is not required.  We believe that a child’s education occurs amidst a partnership between the school and the family; a strong partnership increases the odds of a child’s long-term success.  Many families volunteer at the school and we hold regular family events and conferences.

When demand exceeds capacity, a lottery is held.  Names are drawn out of all of the waiting list names to fill the available seats.  Preference is given to students who have siblings at the school and children of school staff.  Once spots are full, a waiting list for the current school year is created until the next lottery.  Northeast College Prep will hold its lottery at the end of January.  All students will be notified of their status in early February.

Northeast College Prep successfully opened in August 2014.  Come and visit anytime to see how our calm school culture allows all students to learn.

Call the office for the most updated information (612) 248-8240 or click here to apply online.

Volunteering, donating supplies or making financial donations can all be done through Erika Sass, School Director, at 612-248-8243 or

If you would like to donate supplies, we are always accepting school supplies, winter clothing, uniform clothing (dark blue or khaki or black), children’s tennis shoes, and recess equipment.   If you are available to volunteer, we would love help chaperoning field trips or supporting in the classroom.

Any financial donations can be made out to “Northeast College Prep” and mailed to Northeast College Prep, 300 Industrial Blvd NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

Thank you for supporting Northeast College Prep!

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The NECP School Carnival is on Thursday, May 19th from 5-6:30pm!