Vadnais Heights, Minn., (January 10, 2018) – The Minnesota Department of Education
(MDE) recently named the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (AFSA) a High-Quality
Charter School.

The designation is based on data in reading growth and proficiency, math growth and
proficiency, science growth and proficiency, graduation rates and other operational and
financial factors. AFSA is one of 40 charter schools in Minnesota receiving the designation,
ranking it in the top 25% of all charter schools in the state. Minnesota has 160 charter

“This title is a true testament to the hard work of our students and staff” said Becky Meyer,
executive director and superintendent, AFSA. “We are honored to be recognized by the
MDE and see it as an affirmation of the excellent educational opportunities we provide for
our students.”

Located in Vadnais Heights, Minn., a community in greater Minneapolis/St. Paul, AFSA is a
public charter school that opened in 2001. Since then, the school has experienced
exponential growth in attendance and expanded to include the middle grades. AFSA is the
only public charter school of its kind in the state where students from grades 5 – 12 learn
about the many science and agriculture careers available to them. AFSA was recently
approved by MDE to add grades Pre-K through Grade 4.

AFSA’s mission is to engage learners in academically rigorous, student-centered learning
experiences and leadership opportunities within a science and agricultural context.
Students come to AFSA from 18 different school districts in the Twin Cities Metro area. For
more information, visit the AFSA website: