Prospective Families & Enrollment

The process for enrolling your child in our school may be more involved than families may have previously experienced in other public schools. Because of the nature of our programs and requirements, our goal during the enrollment process is to help both parents and students decide whether Twin Cities Academy is really the right fit for their Middle School or High School child.

We are still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. We currently have wait lists for each grade but do continue to enroll through the school year should spaces open up. If you are interested in applying for this school year, please email Erin Spector ( for an application.


Here is the admission and lottery policy effective October 1, 2017:

1. Prospective Family Informational Sessions

These sessions are geared towards prospective students and their parents/guardians. This is a unique opportunity to discover more about TCA. Staff, current students, and parents will be available to answer your questions about curriculum, programs, and other aspects of the school. (No reservation needed)

  • Thursday, November 2         6:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 7          6:30-8:00 PM
  • **The Thursday, January 11 Info Session has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience**
  • Saturday, January 20            10:00-11:30 AM
  • Thursday, February 15          6:30-8:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 24          10:00-11:30 AM

2. School Tours

We invite you to take a tour of our school. Tours are available Mondays and Thursdays by appointment beginning either at 9:15 AM or 2:00 PM for interested families. Please call the office at 651-205-4797 to reserve a date. This opportunity is for prospective students and their parents/guardians.

3. Apply for Enrollment

The application for the 2018-2019 school year is available below. Open enrollment will run from October 1, 2017 until February 27, 2018 at 4:30 PM.

2018-2019 TCA Application – English

2018-2019 TCA Application – Spanish

The lottery for the 2018-2019 school year will be held at Twin Cities Academy on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 4:30 PM. It is open to the public. Applicants are not required to attend. 

4. Parent Visit Day

  • Thursday, January 11, 2018

This date is set aside for prospective parents to view the school in action. Parents have an opportunity to visit classes, engage in classes, chat with current students and talk with teachers and other parents. This day is for prospective parents only.

5. Enrollment Lottery

If we have received more applications for admission than we have vacancies in respective grades, TCA holds a lottery drawing to determine admission and class enrollment for new students. This occurs on February 28th of each year. Lottery results will be mailed to families the first week of March. Students submitting applications after February 27th are placed on our waiting list (if applicable) and acceptance is based on space availability.

6. Student Shadow Days

Students who are interested or have been accepted to Twin Cities Academy can call and sign up for a shadow date in November, January, February, or March. Students shadow another student in the grade for which they are applying. It is another opportunity for students to determine whether TCA would be a good match for them. This day is for students only. Middle School and High School Shadow Days are below:

  • Thursday, November 30        9:30 AM-3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, January 10         9:30 AM-3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, January 31         9:30 AM-3:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 8             9:30 AM-3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 14            9:30 AM-3:00 PM 

7. Covenant Meeting

Student success is dependent on the commitment of all stakeholders to support the best possible learning environment. Twin Cities Academy and Twin Cities Academy High School views parents and students as integral contributors and decision-makers in our learning community. For this purpose, we ask families to enter into a written contract, or covenant, with us. Both parents and students are asked to join the school in making a formal commitment to ensure student success. We require that the Covenant Meeting is completed before to the first day of school. The covenant is a written contract that outlines what you may expect of the school, what we expect of the student, and what we expect of parents. In addition to these expectations, we also discuss how students must conduct themselves while here at school and the parent obligation to volunteer their time to the school. Our Covenant discussion topics include the following:

  • School’s Role
  • Student Expectations
  • Parent Expectations
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Volunteer Commitment