About Providence Academy
Preparing children for a faith-based life built on a strong foundation of academic excellence and personal character was the dream of Providence Academy’s Board President in 1994. After gathering a visionary group and working for many years, they founded Providence Academy in 2001. As the vision turned into reality, ground was broken on March 25, 2000 in Plymouth, Minnesota, a western suburb of Minneapolis. As an independent, nonprofit, coeducational Roman Catholic school, Providence Academy opened its doors with a starting enrollment of 206 students. The stately school building is beautifully designed for state-of-the-art functioning and student comfort.
Currently, approximately 800 students are enrolled in grades Prekindergarten through 12. The school employs more than 100 Lower, Middle and High School faculty and staff, including four full-time counselors (guidance and college), a full-time nurse and full-time security officers. About 60% of faculty members hold master’s degrees and roughly 8% hold a PhD.
Providence Academy is approved as a Catholic School and affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also approved by the State of Minnesota Department of Education. Providence is also a member of the MAIS (Minnesota Association of Independent Schools).
As a member of the Minnesota State High School League’s Independent Metro Athletic Conference (IMAC), Providence Academy offers 25 sports and many additional activities. Approximately 80% of high school students participate in athletics and many more benefit from additional activities and clubs. You can learn more by visiting the Athletics Section.