Ways to Support ERA

Why Eagle Ridge Academy

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Eagle Ridge Academy offers a unique choice to families who are seeking an academically rigorous, college preparatory education. Eagle Ridge Academy is the first and only public charter school in the southwest metro area offering a classical curriculum to students in grades K-12. In addition to the daily study of math, science, history, grammar and literature, Eagle Ridge Academy students study Latin, art history, music history, music theory, logic and rhetoric.

GiveMNThe Academy honors our country through daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the earnest study of our country’s founding and history. The Academy’s goal is to graduate students with the skills, knowledge and character to be responsible and contributing citizens of our great country.

Eagle Ridge Academy is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Please consider supporting Eagle Ridge Academy with a 100 percent tax-deductible gift. Donate Now.

We thank you for your interest and service to the school and hope you share our joy and pride in what we are accomplishing!

What are the different ways to contribute?

Logo for 2019 Gala, a Night in the Roaring 20sEagle Ridge Academy went back to the Roaring 20s on Nov. 22 for the annual Gala for the Gryphons! Nearly 160 people attended this memorable event, raising $60K to help fund a new gymnasium and continue to fund student scholarships.

Thank you to Lea B. Olsen for inspiring us to rethink the world of youth sports; to Violet Wu and NexGen Photobooth for providing a fun photo experience; to Stieg Strand for sponsoring our band, Belle Amour; to the many inkind donors for our silent and live auction; to everyone who bid on our silent auction or donated outright gifts; to Taher Food Service Management for the delicious desserts; and to the guests who came out in support of our students and dressed in their finest rags – we loved seeing the joy and happiness as they go into the spirit of the era!

We are thankful to ERA parent and photographer, Sridhar Thayur (www.thayurphotography.com) for donating his services to capture the magic of the evening.  Enjoy the photos!


Join us at the 2019 Gala for the Gryphons, “a Night in the Roaring 20s,” benefiting the students of Eagle Ridge Academy.

Friday, November 22, 2019
6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Hazeltine National Club

The annual Gala is a time for adults to come together for an evening of camaraderie and celebration in a formal, fun setting. For sponsorship opportunities, including VIP tables of 10, please contact kschiffman@eagleridgeacademy.org.

Please note that once tickets are purchased, no refunds will be issued.

tickets no longer available

Donut Dash 5K

2019 Results

Click to View 2019 Photos by Sara Nielsen Photography

Your favorite things, all in one place: running and donuts. Whether you are a runner, a walker, or a donut-enthusiast, this is the event for you! Set in Eden Prairie’s beautiful Purgatory Park, this official 5K course will be chip and mat-timed with new options for swag! There’s a half-mile Mini Donut Dash for the kids, complete with a participation medal. Proceeds will benefit Eagle Ridge Academy, offering an outstanding public, Classical Education. Whether you are an avid runner in training for a race, participating in your first 5K, or bringing your kids for the Mini-Donut 1/2 Mile, you will enjoy a spring day in the park for a great cause. Enjoy music by ERA Alum “DJ Josh Raymond,” complimentary chair massages and rock tape applications, and Zumba warm-ups! Stay after the race for donuts, snacks and fun.

The Donut Dash 5K committee consists of Eagle Ridge Academy staff, parents, and students. Proceeeds will support student enrichment!

  • Are you looking for…
  • A chip-timed , mat start/finish training run on a beautiful, official course?
  • A first time 5K on a lovely spring day?
  • A fun run for the kids?
  • Donuts and a great cause?
  • Look no more; let’s get you signed up!
Register Here

Or download the registration forms and mail to Eagle Ridge Academy at 11111 Bren Road W., Minnetonka, MN 55343:

Downloadable registration form (pdf)

Registration Fees

Adult 5K:
$25 early bird before 1/29
$30 between 1/30 and 4/29
$35 after 4/29 and on race day
$25 Special ERA Student Pricing is good through race day, but does not guarantee shirt after 4/20

*Please note that registering after April 20 does not guarantee a shirt.

Student 5K – $25

Mini Donut Dash ½ mile (10 and under):
$10 no T-Shirt
$15 WITH T-Shirt

*Race day registration is $35

If you would like to make a donation to Eagle Ridge Academy, please click here: Donate Now.

Thank you for your commitment to an outstanding education!

Course Information

Purgatory Park in Eden Prairie has an official 5K course with no on-street running. For a course map, click here.

  • Free parking will be available on-site.
  • There will be a water stop on the 5K course at the halfway point.
  • Runners will receive donuts, water, and post-race snacks.


  • Take pride in your run with this tech shirt in men’s, women’s and youth sizing. You will select your size during registration.
  • Youth Mini-Dashers will receive a participation medal and have the option for a shirt.


The Donut Dash 5K wouldn’t be successful or complete without the help of 40 volunteers. Whether you need service hours or are just seeking a community opportunity at which to volunteer your time, we welcome you!

Volunteer opportunities available:

  • Pre-Event Marketing
  • Course Marshall
  • Course attendants
  • Welcome/Check-In
  • Donut Stand
  • End of Race Snacks/Water
  • Water Break
  • Mini-Donut Dash helpers

Email Kelly Schiffman or call 952-746-7760, ext. 1107 to volunteer.

Questions regarding the Donut Dash 5K may be directed to Kelly Schiffman or by calling 952-746-7746, ext. 1107.


For sponsorship opportunities or to learn more about how you may contribute to the Donut Dash 5K or other Eagle Ridge Academy projects, please contact Kelly Schiffman.

We are thankful for our generous sponsors!

2018 Results

Click to View 2018 Event Photos by Sara Nielsen Photography Click to View 2018 Finish Line Pictures by Gopher State Events

Save the Date: Join us June 8, 2020 for Eagle Ridge Academy’s 7th Annual Gryphon Classic Golf Tournament!

Hosted at the beautiful Bent Creek Golf Club in Eden Prairie, the golf scramble is a fun event to bring people together for a day benefiting the students of Eagle Ridge Academy. Along with a day of golfing, the event includes a 18 holes of golf, cart and green fees, lunch, raffle, online silent auction, complimentary drink ticket, and social hour and program outlining the excellence of Eagle Ridge Academy.

Last year, proceeds helped support the purchase of an activity van to transport our students to activities such as athletic meets and games, club tournaments, and other off-site activities. This year, they will support Eagle Ridge Academy’s Robotics Program.

For more information and to register online: Golf Brochure / Online Registration

To sponsor the golf tournament, please view our Sponsorship Flyer for various options and opportunities.

Contact: Mrs. Kelly Schiffman, ERA Director of Development

Scrip Fundraiser – Fundraising While You Shop!

Scrip LogoEagle Ridge Academy is pleased to share a new program with families. It’s called Scrip — a fundraising program that works while you shop for everyday items. Do you shop at Target, Walmart, Kwik Trip, Sears, Home Depot, or Walgreens? Do you dine out? Do you use iTunes or drink coffee at Starbucks? Do you like the convenience of gift cards? Check this out. It’s an instant source of revenue for Eagle Ridge Academy.

Scrip fundraising is a no-selling program that allows families to raise money for their non-profit organization. Scrip is just another way to pay for everyday purchases using gift cards in place of cash, checks and/or credit cards.

You purchase gift cards from Scrip online at face value, and the retailer gives a percentage back to Eagle Ridge Academy. The difference is an instant rebate for Eagle Ridge Academy. It’s really that simple. See a list of participating retailers here.

When you use Scrip gift cards at your favorite retailers, you’re fundraising while you shop. Great Lakes Scrip Center offers more than 300 of the country’s biggest brands, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement, and more. Just by using Scrip to pay for your normal weekly purchases, you can easily raise $500 or more per year. It’s time to put your shopping dollars to work!

There are two simple steps to sign up:

All online orders are approved by ERA, the order put in end of day Friday, and all cards ordered during that week are delivered back to the school the following week for families to pick up. There is no limit to what or how often you order. It’s a great way to shop.

Questions may be directed to Kelly Schiffman, Development Coordinator, 952-746-7760, ext. 145 or by email to kschiffman@eagleridgeacademy.org.

For questions or more information on supporting Eagle Ridge Academy, please contact Kelly Schiffman, Development Coordinator at Eagle Ridge Academy, at 952-746-7760, ext. 1107, or by email at kschiffman@eagleridgeacademy.org.

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