VOA High School

Hope through a second chance in education

VOA High School (VOAHS) is a state approved, contract alternative program serving Minneapolis Public School (MPS) students. The school is located at the VOA Education Center at the Hiawatha Light Rail station near the intersection of Cedar and Franklin.

VOAHS prizes its diverse student population — serving students from all over the metro area as well as neighboring suburbs. This program allows for credit make-up and student success by offering flexible scheduling, small class sizes, extra credit earning opportunities, an on site independent study program and substantial student support. An additional feature is an experience & service learning component. Students have an opportunity to focus on leadership development and community service learning through hands-on experiential learning, outdoor adventures and environmental activities.

Here's a video made by Minneapolis Community Technical College students that offers a glimpse of why we believe we have such a special place at VOA High School!

COVID-19 Resources from VOA High School

Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our students and our staff and that's even more true during the COVID-19 outbreak. Check this space for resources as we navigate through a challenging time.

VOA High School Virtual Open House 2022

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924 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
(at Hiawatha light rail station near the corner of Cedar and Franklin)

School days/hours

Monday through Thursday: 8:00am to 2:55pm
Fridays: 8:00am to 12:20pm

How we help

Special Features

  • Small class sizes
  • Intensive student support
  • College and career preparation
  • Independent study program for qualifying students
  • ESL level three and up served with language instruction in core content classes
  • Positive academic and social school climate
  • Daily credit earning advisory built into daily schedule
  • Many options for credit make-up
  • Experiential learning component for students choosing to take part in adventures
  • Special education services

Program Strengths

Emphasis on relationship and trust building to foster a safe learning environment

  • Careful credit monitoring by students, advisors and counselors to ensure students stay on track for graduation
  • Instructional styles that meet individual student needs
  • Intentional focused instruction on developing reading and math skills
  • Student support/advising incorporated into the daily schedule
  • Diverse student body
  • Teachers are licensed in their field of study and highly qualified
  • Leadership skills are taught through involvement, planning and implementing SALT expeditions and adventures
  • Experimental learning includes backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, dog sledding, urban adventures

Serving students in grades 10 -12 in need of a smaller educational setting and credit make-up, VOA High School is now and forever committed to meeting the educational needs of Minnesota youth.

Additional information


  • Core courses include Math, English, Social Studies and Science
  • Electives include Phy Ed, Visual Art, Health, and languages
  • After-school classes are offered
  • Support classes in Reading, Math and Social Studies are built into the daily schedule
  • Multiple grading periods within each quarter provide students with timely feedback on progress
  • Credit earning advisory built into the daily schedule


  • Licensed counselor on staff to offer assistance with issues and problems preventing success in school
  • VOAMN services are available to students including family support and mental health services
  • Active partnerships with, Hennepin County and various community organizations — social services provided on site for students
  • On-site therapist offering services to students, during the school day


Students who have attended a Minneapolis Public School or MPS Contract alternative school may enroll at VOAHS at any time throughout the school year. Students new to Minnesota, the Minneapolis Public School district, in need of language support services or special education services must contact the MPS placement Center before enrolling at VOAHS. When VOAHS is at maximum enrollment, students will be placed on a waiting list. Students must complete registration materials before attending and parent or guardian approval is necessary for enrollment. Please contact the school office at 612-375-0700 for more information.

For more information about enrollment or to set up an intake appointment, please contact Olga Santoyo.
Phone: 612-375-0700
Fax: 888-657-3562