Charter School Authorization
Winona Area Public Schools has proven to be a strong supporter of school choice programs as evidenced by its long-standing history of sponsoring the first approved charter school in the state of Minnesota.
 
Authorizer Vision
Families within the Winona Area Public Schools should have the option to select a high quality education from charter schools with the district boundaries.

Authorizer Mission
Our mission (as authorizers) is to authorize charter schools within the Winona Area Public School boundaries that align with our district mission.
 
Authorizer Beliefs and Organizational Strategies
Winona Area Public Schools has proven to be a strong supporter of school choice programs as evidenced by its long-standing history of sponsoring the first approved charter school in the state of Minnesota.  These district beliefs have been tailored to meet our mission as an authorizer.
 
Learner Needs
Focusing on the needs of the learner and acknowledging all learners deserve equitable access to resources for a valuable education. For some of our students these individual learner needs may be met in a charter school setting.
 
Safety
Creating an emotionally and physically safe and welcoming environment for all students and staff. We recognize that our charter schools have environments that are safe and welcoming for all students and staff.
 
Trust
Communicating openly and honestly and acting compassionately.  As a school district, we share this responsibility with other public education organizations.
 
Positive Relationships
Honoring relationships with all stakeholders by respecting our community’s heritage and diversity while embracing change.  Charter schools are an important part of our community.

Authorizer Portfolio
Winona Area Public Schools are proud to serve as the official authorizer for two charter schools located within Winona county:
>Bluffview Montessori School
>Ridgeway Community School

 
Authorizer Capacity
The Winona Area Public Schools Charter School Advisory Team holds many years of experience of school leadership.  With our focus on ensuring every child receives a quality education provides support to the charter schools in our portfolio.