Charter School Authorizer

Because charter schools are not part of traditional community school districts, they are accountable to the State of Minnesota for student learning and financial performance through a state approved charter school overseer, or authorizer.

Our authorizer is The University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their role is to ensure that we are true to our school’s mission, the continued quality of our academic programs, quantifiable student learning, that we meet parents expectations and satisfaction, and that we comply with state and federal mandates. We submit our School Board minutes and financial statements monthly to the University of St Thomas.

Director of Charter School Authorizing at UST is Dana Peterson. She can be reached at

Letter from Our Authorizer

I am pleased to inform you that the Charter School Accountability Board acted on March 29, 2011, to accept the request of Twin Cities Academy and Twin Cities Academy High School to have the University of St. Thomas become your school’s authorizer, beginning with the 2011-12 school year, on July 1, 2011.

This positive action on the part of the Charter Accountability Board is based on the strength of TCA’s Application to Change Authorizer, the positive reports from the Site Visit Team following the recent visit to your school, and the belief that there is a positive match between the vision and mission of your school and the University of St. Thomas’ philosophy for authorizing charter schools.

Dr. Dave Peterson, Ph.D.
University of St. Thomas