Minnehaha Academy has two beautiful campuses centrally located in the heart of the Twin Cities along the beautiful banks of the Mississippi River in the quiet, West River Parkway area of south Minneapolis. Those campuses – for preschool through grade 12 – are just eleven blocks apart and convenient to the many urban and suburban communities where our students live.
Upper School - North Campus
3100 West River Parkway in Minneapolis
Upper School: Grades 9–12
- 100 Faculty and Staff Members (approx)
- 38 Classrooms
The Upper School Athletic Center provides nearly 38,000 square feet of athletic and activity space. This two-level facility features:
- 84-foot game-court and two practice courts
- Weight/training rooms, locker rooms and classrooms
- Guido Kauls Soccer Field
- Five tennis courts
Chapel/Fine Arts Center
The Chapel/Fine Arts Center at North Campus is built exclusively for worship, music and fine arts, honoring the memory of Minnehaha parent Robert L. Williams and Minnehaha alumnus Orville C. Hognander ('31).The 600–seat chapel/auditorium accommodates the entire Upper School community for worship and offers a premier performance venue for theater productions and Minnehaha Academy’s eight musical organizations. Refurbished rehearsal spaces for choir, band, and orchestra are adjacent to the auditorium.
The building also is home to the art department, offering spacious facilities for various media including painting, pottery, sculpture, photography and filmmaking. The foyer of the chapel/auditorium serves as a gallery for student art and works from the school’s permanent collection.
Lower and Middle School - South Campus
4200 West River Parkway in Minneapolis
Middle School: Grades 6–8
Lower School: Preschool–Grade 5
- 90 Faculty and Staff Members (approx)
- 42 Classrooms
Minnehaha Academy's Lower and Middle School in Minneapolis recently underwent extensive state-of-the-art renovation, which began in spring 2007. It includes the addition of a 350-seat chapel, classroom remodeling, modernizing of mechanical systems, updating of the ice arena, as well as improved parking allowing better traffic flow. The exterior design modifications give Lower and Middle School a close architectural resemblance to the Upper School, located a mile north along the river.
- Two gymnasiums – both are regulation basketball court size
- Enclosed ice arena – serving the school’s hockey and skating programs
- Football field, track, baseball-softball field, and two tennis courts
The names of Longfellow, Hiawatha and Minnehaha are prominent on street signs, parks and businesses in the vicinity of Minnehaha Academy, located on the southeastern border of Minneapolis, where West River Parkway curves along the lush, steep embankment overlooking the Mississippi River far below.
Minnehaha means "laughing waters" in the language of the Dakota. Running eastward from its source in Lake Minnetonka, west of Minneapolis, Minnehaha Creek winds more than 20 miles through tree-shaded neighborhoods to the Mississippi, only blocks from Minnehaha Academy’s South Campus.
Just before it reaches the river, the creek drops 53 feet, forming a beautiful bridal-veil waterfall. Nearby the falls, along the creek, visitors to Minnehaha Park will find a romantic sculpture of Hiawatha – the Ojibwe warrior in Longfellow’s poem, Song of Hiawatha – and his love, Minnehaha.
The natural beauty of the surrounding area imbues the campuses of Minnehaha Academy with a sense of peace, serenity and timelessness that is unique among schools in our region, creating an ideal atmosphere for learning, faith and growth.