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Rochester STEM Academy Graduates its First Senior Class May, 2014
See the KTTC coverage HERE or the view the entire program HERE.

Rochester STEM Academy and Frank Sentwali Perform on May 22, 2014

To learn more about the experience of an artist in residence like Frank Sentwali, click HERE for the whole performance held May 21, 2014. To get a student's perspective of the experience click HERE.

Solar Boat Regatta - Eden Prairie - May 17, 2014

More information available at
RSA Celebrates Earth Day (April 22, 2014)

Seniors plant the "Legacy Tree" as a symbol and gift to RSA's first graduation - 2014

Girl Scouts Visit the University of Minnesota

You should have seen us Us Friday and Saturday!!!

You should have seen it!!!!
...but you can watch it HERE

The SeaPerch Project
Remote Controlled Underwater Vehicle

See the SeaPerch video HERE

Rochester STEM Academy: The High School of the Future is Here Now!
  • An outstanding tuition-free education!
  • Preparing Rochester’s students for future technologies
  • Small enrollment
  • Challenging curriculum
  • Rigorous college-prep program

What is Rochester STEM Academy?

A tuition-free public charter school serving approximately 60 students in grades 9 and 10 -- then expanding a grade per year through grade 12. Rochester STEM Academy was 1 of only 2 charter school applications in the entire state to be approved in 2010 and chosen to receive a federal planning grant. Its founding board was brought together in response to the pent-up demand for an academically rigorous charter high school that could give a viable boost to Rochester’s industries and children in terms of both academics and future employment.

What is STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Rochester STEM Academy prepares students for higher learning and professions in fields such as microbiology, nursing, nanotechnology, computer graphics and software engineering, and physics.

  • Rochester STEM Academy is the very first “STEM immersion” high school to open in Minnesota. The Academy is not just a public school with a STEM program, but an entire learning environment specially designed to ensure that students are fully prepared for STEM higher education and related professions. Of course, all other core subjects will also be taught.
  • Located in a city known for its medical and technological industries, Rochester STEM Academy ensures that Rochester students acquire the skills, knowledge base, educational preparation and motivation required to succeed in higher paying professions and meet the technical demands of Rochester’s many STEM-related industries.

How is Rochester STEM Academy different?

  • Rochester STEM Academy’s programming combines traditional classrooms with project-based/hands-on learning, utilizing ongoing assessments and data-driven decision-making.
  • Rochester STEM Academy bases its academic approach on the most outstanding and recognized STEM secondary schools in the nation. Through a rigorous STEM immersion/college-prep program, its students will achieve academically, enter into post-secondary institutions, and be knowledgeable and interested in STEM subjects and professions.
  • Rochester STEM Academy will inaugurate apprenticeship and internship programs, and utilize a wide variety of corporations, higher education institutions, and research centers as resources and partners to augment student learning opportunities. It will not settle for mediocrity, but push the boundaries of learning to their limits through a disciplined and supportive school culture that motivates and challenges every student to excel.
  • RSA is authorized by Novation Education Opportunities and is operated independently of the Rochester Public School District.
  • Gifted and Talented programs, Special Education services, English as a Second Language classes will be available to qualified students.

Who is eligible to attend?

All Minnesota students may apply for admission, regardless of whether they previously attended a public, private or home school. The Academy accepts students from all groups, including those with disabilities and special needs.

What does it cost?

Tuition is free. The Academy is supported by state, federal and philanthropic funds.

Where is Rochester STEM Academy located?

415 16th St. SW
Rochester, MN 55902

What is a charter public school?

By providing an option to traditional public schools, charter public schools play a critical role in the public education system.
  • An absence of bureaucracy provides charter schools with greater flexibility to develop specialized programs and allows parents far greater participation in the school community.
  • Charter schools are open to all students, regardless of their location or current school district.
  • They are subject to the same mandatory testing and graduation requirements as all public schools in Minnesota and all teachers are fully licensed.

RSA Authorizer Information

Novation Education Opportunities
Wendy Swanson-Choi
3432 Denmark Ave. #130
Eagan, MN 55123



Rochester STEM Academy’s will embed STEM immersion into all aspects of its programming, culture and operations to support students from lower-income families becoming confident and skilled in STEM-related higher educational and employment opportunities.


The mission of Rochester STEM Academy is to provide a highly supportive learning environment for minority, immigrant and other students currently underserved in traditional area high schools and greatly underrepresented in Rochester’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) industries through a challenging program that emphasizes creativity, accountability, ongoing assessments, college-preparation, and high academic achievement.

“Of the 30 fastest-growing occupations projected through 2015 (the year that current 8th grades will graduate from high school), 16 of these –over 50% -- will require substantial Mathematics or Science preparation. Yet interest in STEM education is declining even as most students are not adequately prepared to succeed in college-level coursework.”
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook)

The city of Shanghai currently graduates more engineers per year than the entire United States.

A Limited Number of Spaces are Available. Email for more information about enrollment or fill out the interest enrollment form on the "Enroll Now" page of our website.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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