University Avenue Aerospace, Children’s Engineering and Science is a K-5 specialty/magnet school in the Anoka-Hennepin District. Having a STEM focus and specializing in aerospace, the school approaches student learning in a unique way by utilizing its aerospace theme to better engage and excite its nearly six hundred highly diverse learners. University Avenue ACES is also part of the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD), which is a consortium of seven districts in the northwest metropolitan area. This allows those within these districts to enter specialty/magnet schools through a lottery process and also obtain transportation. Being a neighborhood school first, about 20% of University Avenue ACES is lottery based.
University Avenue ACES follows the rigorous Anoka-Hennepin district curriculum but has woven the specialty focus throughout core curriculum areas, as well as through special added-value events and partnerships including, but not limited to, working with such groups as the Anoka-County Blaine Airport and their Blaine Airport Promotional Group (BAPG), Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Jackson Middle School Observatory (JMO), STARBASE Minnesota, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). These experiences and partnerships work to narrow the opportunity gap that exists among our economically diverse student population, while also engaging all of our students in hands-on, real-world, problem & project-based collaborative learning.
Recently, University Avenue ACES has been recognized by the Magnet Schools of America, a national organization, as a Magnet School of Excellence. This is the top merit award category and is only awarded to a select group of specialty/magnet schools in the country. In 2014 the Metropolitan Airport Commission recognized University Avenue ACES for their promotion and support of the Anoka-County Airport. Multiple articles have been written about the school in both district and local newspapers, as well as in the Minnesota Flyer Magazine.
To find out more about our specialty/magnet school or schedule a tour please contact our Curriculum Integration Coordinator Kate Watson at 763-506- 4560, firstname.lastname@example.org