New prep school to open at Arboretum this fall

Alexander Prep School is a new private prep school that is opening this fall. Classes will be held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. (Submitted Photo)
Alexander Prep School is a new private prep school that is opening this fall. Classes will be held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. (Submitted Photo)

Alexander Prep School, a new private prep school opening this fall at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, is hosting two open houses on Feb. 2 and 4 that will give the public an opportunity to meet school officials and learn more about Alexander Prep, tour the grounds, and visit with local luminaries with strong ties to academics, the arts, and athletics. The open houses feature special guests Neal Broten and Dr. Ken Dragseth.
Alexander Prep School is currently enrolling students who will be entering grades 6 through 10 for fall 2013.
The school will feature small class sizes and a world-class educational model that prepares students for college and the 21st Century international workforce. In addition to core classes such as language arts, math, science and social studies that are specifically designed to prepare students for the ACT / SAT, students will begin and end every school day with exploratory seminars that they choose based on their unique interests. Exploratory classes include courses such as chamber orchestra, choir, art, pre-med, engineering, environmental science, outdoor adventures, growing apples, cross country skiing, world language, acoustic guitar, art, software design, dance, and more.
“We’re creating a culture of excellence at Alexander Prep School,” said JJ Vold, the school’s founder and director. “We firmly believe all that kids can be successful academically, and that we can nurture their progress with dedicated and talented teachers who are invested in the future of every student. We believe that creating a bully free school environment of acceptance, belonging, traditions, celebrations, norms, routines, rituals, values, and systems of recognition is the foundation for academic and extracurricular excellence. We plan to create one of the greatest school environments on the planet.”
Vold has currently led New Century Academy to a Minnesota Department of Education 99.88 precent Focus Rating in 2012, which is a percentage score based upon student growth and achievement gap closure that ranks among the highest in Minnesota. In addition, New Century Academy has seen enrollment increase and has launched new Lacrosse program.
Academics are the first priority at Alexander Prep School, but extracurricular activities are high on the list, as well as the school’s green eco-friendly focus and service learning requirements.
While success in academics prepares students for college and their eventual careers, extracurricular activities such as sports and fine arts afford students with both balance in their lives and other ways to excel. Alexander Prep School is planning 12U, 14U, and possibly 16U AAA boys and girls hockey programs, figure skating, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls tennis, special fall cross training groups, knowledge bowl, mock trial, speech, debate, and more. All teams and clubs will be based upon new enrollment and interest.
School officials will be on hand at each of the open houses to provide more details about Alexander Prep’s academic and extracurricular plans. Free apple cider will be available. In addition, the open house special guests are well known in their fields, which range from fine arts to academics to athletics. If you have interest in a private school tour or to inquire upon teaching and coaching positions, email Vold and [email protected]

Open House – Sat., Feb. 2
• (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carlson Room)
• Special guest: Neal Broten
Neal Broten is one of the best-known Minnesota hockey players of all time.

Open House – Mon., Feb. 4
• (6 to 8 p.m. in the Carlson Room)
• Special guest: Dr. Ken Dragseth
Ken Dragseth, Ph.D., is the Director of Administrative Licensure at the University of Minnesota School of Education.

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is located at 3675 Arboretum Boulevard in Chaska.