Who We Are


STA Vision and Mission Statements

VISION STATEMENT

Sojourner Truth Academy (STA) is passionate about helping children achieve academic and social success in a community of high expectations where each child is valued.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the school is to prepare children for the future by building confidence and a strong sense of self-worth through small classrooms and an open, safe, family-like environment.  STA supports families by embracing change when necessary for the good of the children and serving as a bridge to the community.  Staff at STA is dedicated to and held accountable for providing a learning experience that is culturally relevant, challenging and fun.

All About Us


Who we are  

Sojourner Truth Academy is a Pre-K-8 public charter elementary school in North Minneapolis with proven academic and fiscal records.  Established by parents and community members in 1999, we continue to offer our students a data driven, balanced curriculum with a highly qualified staff that is supported through our Teacher Leadership Teams and School Improvement System.

Community

Monthly parent events, an on-site, full-time social worker, ESL program, and Special Education program give us the opportunity to build real relationships and supply students and families with the support they need, when they need it.

Pre-K & Free All Day Kindergarten

All-day Pre-K and free all-day Kindergarten helps prepare students more thoroughly for the expectations of the upper grades. 

Curriculum

Minnesota State Standards and local Educational Profiles drive the instructional planning at Sojourner Truth Academy.  Classroom teachers ensure that every scholar at STA has the opportunity to achieve mastery. 


·   Small class sizes give teachers the flexibility to differentiate instruction based on academic needs.


·   Scott Foresman Reading and Math, Prentice Hall Literature, Math Connects, and inquiry based science lessons serve as tools to meet the Educational Standards and locally developed Educational Profiles


·   Each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board, which allows scholars to become active participants in their learning. 


·   STA also provides four specialty classes: Art, Music, Physical Education and Cultural Social Skills.



For more about Sojourner Truth Academy contact:

Julie Guy    

Executive Director

612-588-3599 x 205

jguy@sojournertruthacademy.org


Professional Development

Teacher Leader Teams drive and operate STA’s academic program with fidelity. Teacher Teams analyze instructional gaps; research best practice; develop, implement, and train teachers on school-wide learning profiles. Profile fidelity and academic performance data inform on-going professional development and instructional program decision-making. 

Our school improvement plan focuses on academic growth.  The staff at STA is dedicated to increasing the number of proficient students.   Our School Improvement System provides a structure for our teachers where they receive weekly, job-embedded professional development.  Each week, teachers attend a 75-minute student strategy focused cluster meeting.  During these meetings teachers learn research-based student strategies and develop lessons to implement the strategies in their classrooms to help improve student achievement.  Teachers receive support and feedback through academic coaching teachers.


School Overview

Male:  207 (49%)              Female:  216 (51%)

Students of Color 417 (98.5%)

Minority Breakdown:                LEP:  84 (20%)

Poverty:  410 (98.3%)             Special Ed:  65 (15%)

Mobility:  30%                            Number of Teachers: 37

Certified Teachers:  37              Board Make-up: 4 licensed teachers, 2 Parents, 1 Community Member

Attendance:  92%                     Last Financial Audit: Completed December 2018


Fast Bridge and MCA II Assessments

Each year STA students participate in Fast Bridge Assessments and MCA II assessments.  These assessments are aligned to the Minnesota State Standards.  Sojourner Truth Academy students continue to make progress each year in the areas of Reading and Math.  Staff is dedicated to learning and implementing subject specific strategies in each area to help increase student proficiency.

Sponsorship

Authorizer: Pillsbury United Communities

Contact: Larry McKenzie, Charter School Authorizer Liaison

LarryM@pillsburyunited.org 

125 West Broadway

Minneapolis, MN  55411

Fax Number: 612-302-3490

Direct Line 612-302-3409



 


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"To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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