Mission & History

Eagle Ridge Academy is the first public school in the southwest suburban area specifically dedicated to offering a demanding college preparatory, Classical, liberal arts curriculum. We serve grades kindergarten through twelve. The Academy provides a learning opportunity that, up until now, has only been available at select private schools.  Our goal is to not only help each student achieve his highest academic potential, but also to develop strong character, with the intent of creating not just smarter students, but better people, prepared to lead abundant and responsible lives as contributing members of our great country.


The mission of Eagle Ridge Academy is to provide our students with a traditional, Classical education that demands their best in academic achievement, behavior, and attitude and challenges them to attain their highest potential.


Eagle Ridge Academy will offer an academically rigorous, time-tested classical, liberal arts curriculum that:

  • prepares students to be exemplary and knowledgeable citizens;
  • instills a life-long passion for learning;
  • values self-discipline, respect, perseverance, and achievement;
  • teaches truth, beauty and goodness; and
  • fosters an appreciation for the United States of America and her unique role in the world. 


ERA was the first public charter school in the southwest suburban area specifically dedicated to offering a demanding college-preparatory, classical, liberal-arts curriculum. 

2004: Opened in Sept. with 108 students in grades 6, 7, and 9, expanding to grades 6-12 by the 2007-2008 school year

2008: Served some 280 students in grades 6-12 and graduated the first class of seniors in June, 2008

2010: Obtained approval in the summer of 2010 to add Kindergarten through grade 5 for the school year 2010-2011

2011: Expanded the Eden Prairie campus to house our entire student body, Kindergarten through grade 12.  

2012: K-12 is now housed in one building, the Eden Prairie campus 

2016: K-12 moves to new campus at 11111 Bren Road W., Minnetonka


Friends of Education


200 East Lake Street

Wayzata, MN 55391


Friends of Education launched an Achievement Award program for the schools they sponsor. This award was presented to the charter school which demonstrates prudent fiscal management and obtains the highest academic performance.  Eagle Ridge was selected as the recipient in 2009.