Minnesota New Country School

Tuition Free, Project Based, Public, Charter School

Serving Grades K-12

Minnesota New Country School (MNCS), located in Henderson, MN, is a project-based, public charter school established in 1994.  MNCS currently operates an Elementary site (located at 127 N. 8th Street in Henderson) for grades K-6, and a Secondary / High School site (located at 210 Main Street in Henderson) for grades 7-12. The two campuses serve more than 200 students in grades K through 12th, with students from 13 surrounding communities within a 45-mile radius. 

MNCS follows a project-based curriculum where students each receive an individualized learning plan with focus on learning from hands-on experiences, while still focusing on basic skills such as math, reading and writing. Credit is earned based on the quality of learning demonstrated at the end product of the project. Students are given responsibility and choice regarding what they learn at MNCS. Students set their own goals and accomplish their own tasks with the guidance of Advisors and staff.

Emphasis on the following:

  • Environment experiential learning

  • Individualized project-based learning

  • Licensed staff in core content areas

  • Low teacher/student ratio emphasizing relationships

  • Technology.

  • Responsive classroom

  • Character education

  • Free Transportation to and from 10 local communities

We ask that students and parents visit our school first hand for a tour, meet the staff and students and see the many exciting things Minnesota New Country School has to offer.

MNCS operates by several teams

PDP Teams (that focus on program and academic) and Site Based Teams (Operations and Management) such as: Art & Literature, Health & Wellness, Nutrition & Compost, PBL, Finance, Personnel, Career/Future/Tech Ed, Supporting Students Together, Outreach, Transportation, Building, Academic Assessment, Q-Comp, Math, Reading, HS/Elem Connections, along with Sophomore, Junior and Senior Teams.

Teacher powered School

Our school is inspired by students and collaboratively designed and run by our teachers and support staff. We secure the autonomy to make decisions in a wide array of areas that influence school success, such as the learning program, budget, evaluating colleagues, selecting personnel, and more. This means no superintendent or principal.