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.

View our calendar here!

Our first day of School is
September 3rd.

Our school day runs from
8:45am- 3:35pm.

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

Aug 6th

6-9 p.m.

Community Work Hours

Help us get our school student ready! Sign up by emailing- or simply show up! Look here for more information- work days !

Aug 8th

4-7 p.m.

Back to School Bash

Join us at Frogtown Farm for an end of summer celebration! Music, games, Zumba and time to explore the gardens!

Frogtown Farm: 946 W Minnehaha Ave, St Paul, MN 55104, USA

Aug 9th

6-8 p.m.

Family Fun Night!
School of Northern Lights
426 Osceola Ave S

Join us for ice cream sundaes, other non-dairy treats, face painting, games and music. We hope to get as many members of our growing community together as possible!

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


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. Read more…

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. Read more…

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! Read more…