Add your name and artwork to our school banner at one of our Discover Northern Lights events!

Add your name and artwork to our school banner at one of our Discover Northern Lights events!

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Soo Dhowaada! Nyob Zoo!

Share the joy of an intellectually rigorous learning community by discovering Northern Lights, a free, K - 6 (K - 8 by 2021) public charter school. We are reimagining education through responsive inquiry in thought-provoking indoor and outdoor environments.

CLASSES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 2019

When we adults think of children, there is a simple truth we all ignore: Childhood is not preparation for life; childhood is life. A child isn’t getting ready to live; a child is living.
— John A. Taylor

May 24

Discover Northern Lights at Indigenous Roots Cultural Center 6 - 7 p.m.

788 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106 (map)

Come hear about our approach to education and share your desires for your child's educational experience too. Free childcare provided.


May 28

Discover Northern Lights at Indigenous Roots Cultural Center 6 - 7 p.m.

788 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106 (map)

Come hear about our approach to education and share your desires for your child's educational experience too. Free childcare provided.


May 30

Discover Northern Lights at Art House North 5:45 - 7 p.m.

793 Armstrong Ave W, St paul 55102 (map)

Come hear about our approach to education and share your desires for your child's educational experience too. Free childcare provided.

Observe and listen to children, because when they ask ‘Why?’ they are not simply asking for the answer from you. They are requesting the courage to find a collection of possible answers.
— Carlina Rinaldi
 

Northern Lights Gazing

Articles about our school

 
 
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Sports and Reggio-Emilia: Rigorous Elegance and Grit

Even if you’re not a sports fan, you are likely familiar with the idea that athletes and their coaches deconstruct competitive footage in order to guide future performances. Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected to draw parallels between an Italian teaching philosophy and American football, but I can’t help but notice how they both are gritty and elegant in process.

Play in learning

Opal School in Portland inspires St. Paul School of Northern Lights. Opal School uses the phrase “playful inquiry” to describe their approach to learning…Rather than play being what children do in their “off” time (recess), they incorporate play as school work, recognizing that play and learning are not separate times of the day.

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Curriculum and Staying in bounds

We get many questions about what curriculum will look like at Northern Lights. As these questions continue to emerge, I have been pondering what families are truly wondering. Or what they’re nervous about. So, here we go with another sports metaphor, because they seem to help even non-sports fans!