Twin Cities Academy's a leader of the pack

In a literature class at Twin Cities Academy, the small class of eight students were focused as they discussed Mary Shelley's classic book "Frankenstein." (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Kids in a biology class at Twin Cities Academy were hard at work on a lab about enzymes. The school's small class sizes and rigorous academics have brought it national recognition. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Small East Side charter school ranks high nationally
The small Twin Cities Academy high school sits tucked away on a quiet block of Dayton's Bluff across from Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
It could easily go unnoticed. And yet, it stands out at a national level -- its high performance statistics bring it to the fore.


East Side teacher wins "unsung hero" grant

Patricia Larkey
With a slim budget, a lot of band members, and some well-worn musical instruments, it takes a creative approach to keep the middle school band at St. Paul Public School's Farnsworth Aerospace going strong.

Grant looks to bring cultural fluency to Catholic schools

With a diverse student body, consisting of 11 different cultures, and seven different languages, St. Pascal Baylon is not the homogenous Catholic school it once was.

Metro State gets grant to do 100 paid internships

May mean more students in community businesses  For many, the word "internship" often follows the word "unpaid." Such is often the case for students seeking internships at Metro State University. But thanks to a grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, Metropolitan State University will hook up 100 students with paid internships.


Two early childhood Montessori Schools team up for fall opening

Janice LaFloe, founder of a new American Indian Montessori school looking to start this fall on the East Side, stands with her assistant teacher Annette Whitener outside the school building at 1909 Ivy Ave. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Curriculum at the American Indian Montessori will include hands-on exercises to instill an ability to focus in youngsters. In one activity available to kids, they’ll polish wooden eagles. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

American Indian and Hmong pre-schools add early childcare options to neighborhood
Two small early childhood education Montessori schools focusing on language preservation will likely be coming to the East Side this fall.


St. Paul schools to have an iPad for every student

St. Paul Public Schools announced Friday, May 30, that all its students will soon have a personal Apple iPad to be used in and out of school as part of the district’s Personlaized Learning Plan.


City Academy builds up

City Academy kids remove some old window trim from a serious fixer-upper owned by Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. The school’s Youth Build program, which has been going strong since 1993, got a bump up in funding via federal grants. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Chia Yang, the Youth Build crew leader, was once a City Academy student himself -- he went through the Youth Build program and became a licensed contractor before coming back to work for the school, teaching kids how to do contracting work. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Added grant means more ‘hands-on’ for alternative high school students
It was not your typical last day of school -- on a hot and sunny Friday, May 30, four teenage boys wore safety glasses, masks, and threw debris out a second story window into a dumpster.


American Indian wigwam built at Harding High

Students at Harding High School and members of the American Indian tribe Ho-Chunk Nation got together to build a traditional “ciiporoke” wigwam in the school’s courtyard on Friday, May 16. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

On a mild Friday at Harding High, a group of American Indian men could be seen erecting a structure the size of a small garage, made of bent tree branches tied together to form a sturdy oval-shaped hut.
The structure will be used to tie in with Harding’s cultural studies classes, as part of St. Paul Public Schools’ American Indian Month. The hut can be seen out the window of the school’s cafeteria, in the courtyard.


Prank call locks down Parkway school for one hour

Parkway Montessori Middle School went into lockdown mode on Wednesday, May 14 following a suspected prank call to the St. Paul Police Department.


Dean's list - May 4, 2014 East Side Review

These East Side students made the Dean's List at their college or univeristy.  Congratulations to all!