Non-Traditional High Schools

Non-traditional high schools are available for students who need or desire a learning environment that is different from traditional high schools. Flexible hours, alternative teaching methods and opportunities for college credit help students make extra progress toward graduation. 


Please call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760 for more information to determine if a non-traditional high school is the right choice for your child.

AGAPE - Adolescent Girls and Parenting Education

1037 University Ave. W.   651-744-7970

  • Our school provides pregnant and/or parenting teen mothers an environment in which they can complete their high school education, with an emphasis on college and career readiness.

  • We offer University of Minnesota, Saint Paul College and Inver Hills Community College courses to give students the opportunity to graduate with both high school and college credit. 

  • Additional services include a full-time social worker, counselor and school nurse, on-site child care and a health clinic. 

We offer: 

  • AVID 

Gateway to College  235 Marshall Ave.   651-403-4222

  • Students can earn both high school and college credits as the complete their high school diploma. 

  • Gateway to College staff help students gain college experience and credits through personalized education plans.

  • Students have flexible schedules, with some college classes taught by Saint Paul College instructors and some high school classes taught by traditional high school teachers.

  • All students have access to a Metro Transit bus card to travel to and from Saint Paul College.

  • Successful Gateway to College graduates can finish high school with the equivalent of a year or more of college credits.

We offer: 

  •  AVID

Evening High School   1212 University Ave. W. or 1526 Sixth St. E.   651-744-1210

  • Evening High School (EHS) provides students with the opportunity to complete coursework and recover credits necessary for high school graduation.

  • Students must be in grade 12.

  • Core courses required for graduation are taught by licensed teachers.

  • Student complete course requests that are reviewed, approved, and/or adjusted as needed by school counselors.


Gordon Parks High School    1212 University Ave. W.   651-744-1212

  • Students have flexible schedules, small classes and the opportunity to earn credits toward graduation within a 7 period day.

  • Students can earn 0.33 credits every three weeks in each of their classes. Students can access other credit earning opportunities such as independent study, project-based learning (PBL) and summer school.

  • We provide multiple opportunities for students to participate in community-based, multi-subject projects for additional credits.

  • Each student prepares a career plan to navigate life after high school.

  • Students must be grade 11 or 12 and at least 16 years old to enroll at Gordon Parks.

  • Students must attend an orientation before enrolling. New students can enroll every three weeks.

  • Current SPPS students are referred by their high school counselor.

  • Students may be eligible to receive an unlimited Metro Transit bus card based on transportation guidelines.

  • Stduent must meet state ALC eligibility requirements.


GAP School (9-12)    381 Robie St. E.    651-262-5801

  • Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP) is a community-based middle and high school serving grades 7-12. 

  • GAP provides students with academic classes, mental health and social work services, mentoring, post-high school transition support and employment training that leads to industry-recognized job certifications.

  • Our program helps students who experience challenges in traditional high school settings by providing a smaller school and class environment.


LEAP High School   740 York Ave.    651-228-7706

  • Our school serves students ages 14 to 22 who are learning English while earning a high school diploma.

  • Students have flexible schedules and the opportunity to earn credits toward graduation.

  • Students receive instruction closely matched to their level of English ability in classes that address reading, writing and speaking English.

  • Bilingual staff members work in small groups that allow students to receive individualized attention that respects and supports their native cultures.

  • Through partnerships with local organizations, students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and participate in community service projects.

  • Students must meet eligibility requirements.

  • LEAP High School will move from the Wilson building (631 N. Albert St. Saint Paul) to the former John A. Johnson Elementary site (740 York Ave. Saint Paul). LEAP students will start attending the new location in fall 2023.

We offer: 

  • Extended Day for Learning (EDL)
  • Language Academy