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Frequently Asked Questions High School

Q: Does my child have to attend his/her community high school?

A: You can submit a request for any MPS high school; requests are considered using the placement priority protocols during our lottery process. Students who reside in the attendance area for a community high school have the highest priority at that school.

Q: What are middle school pathways to high school?

A: There are no pathways from middle school to high school; high school placement is based on home address.

Q: Do all 8th grade students need to submit a high school request?

A: Yes, we encourage all families to submit a high school request. If a request is not submitted the student will automatically be placed at their community high school.

Q: What is the Go-to Card program?

A: A Go-To Card is a durable, plastic pre-paid fare card that allows for unlimited rides on city buses and light rail to and from school. The cards can be used after school hours for other student activities. MPS replaced traditional yellow school buses with the Go-To card for all high school students. Students receiving special education services who require special transportation accommodations will still receive those services.

Q: What if my child does not get placed at our preferred school?

A: There are no waitlists for high school; there is an appeal process if you are unsatisfied with your child’s placement. The deadline to submit a high school placement appeal is April 12, 2019.

Q: What citywide high school programs are available to all Minneapolis residents?

A: Edison, Fair, Henry, North, Roosevelt, South All Nations, and South Open are all citywide programs; all Minneapolis students enrolled in a citywide program will recieve a Go-To Card free of charge regardless of home address.


If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.1840.