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Equity, Innovation, Excellence and Creativity

The FAIR School is a public 9-12 fine arts high school located in downtown Minneapolis that is rooted in equity, innovation and creativity.  

The FAIR School, your choice for high school!
Monday, January 6, 2020 9:45 AM

At The FAIR School, we are already getting excited about the 2020-2021 school year! The Minneapolis Public Schools school request lottery is open now, with a deadline of February 7th. 

FAIR is the Downtown Minneapolis premier community school. Rooted in arts, equity, innovation and creativity, we provide rich programming, relevant instruction, and a robust network of partnerships that help engage and empower students in personalizing their learning experience. 

Tours of our beautiful building are available every Thursday at 9:30 am. For more information, please contact counselor Joe Kane by emailing or calling 612-668-1076.

You may also join us for an open house information night on Thursday, November 21st. 

To learn more about all MPS schools, including FAIR, visit the Explore MPS website.  

For info on the school request process, please see the below document: 

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Student panel spotlights internship program
Friday, December 13, 2019 10:30 AM

FAIR recently welcomed the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and Achieve Minneapolis for a "Meet the Chamber" event that highlighted the College and Career Center (CCC) at FAIR. Student panelists Masnoo Adem, Eric Gomez, Justice Jacobs and Sanijia Brown shared their experiences in the CCC and Achieve's Step Up program, an initiative that trains and places Minneapolis youth in internships — serving 1,400 people each year.

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FAIR student gets $500 grant to dance
Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:25 PM

We love that our FAIR students are always making big moves! One of the latest: Sophomore Lareina Davis won an awesome grant to support her passion for dance.

With the help of Lisa Dornacker, FAIR’s college and career counselor, Lareina applied for and received a $500 Let Me Play grant from the Ann Bancroft Foundation, a St. Paul-based nonprofit that exists to inspire and encourage young women to go after their dreams. 

Lareina discovered her passion for dance several years ago, and last year started taking dance classes at a local studio, where she does jazz, ballet, and hip hop dance. The grant money will go toward her studio tuition and costumes for dance recitals. 

How did she feel when she learned she got the grant? “It was like a weight was lifted off of me,” Lareina says. “I was ecstatic.” 

“It lets me know that I’m for sure going to be able to do this for the rest of the year and hopefully years to come,” she says. Her next dance recital is in May at the Art of Dance Studio in Brooklyn Park.

This grant program is a great opportunity for more young women in the future. Folks who are interested in applying for future money from the Ann Bancroft Foundation can check their grant webpage (in February 2020) or talk to Ms. Lisa in the College and Career Center!

Introducing a new program to recognize students
Friday, November 22, 2019 10:30 AM

We would like to introduce you to a new student recognition program at FAIR called S.O.A.R Scholars!

We know how hard students work academically and how much they care about their school community.  To honor and recognize the many ways this shows up each day at FAIR, our Grade Level Teaching teams will each select one student per grade each week.  Students will be chosen for exemplifying one or more of the following qualities that align with our FAIR values of:

Scholarship (S) – How they present themselves as a member of our learning community.

Opportunity (O) – How they are courageous in taking opportunities offered to push and better themselves.

Achievement (A) – How they set a reach goals.

Respect(R) – How they honor themselves, others and our school community.

Students will receive a S.O.A.R certificate, window clings/stickers, and an "out to lunch in the skyway" pass (with parent permission) to celebrate their honor.  We are proud of our FAIR students and the commitment they demonstrate to their education and as a member of The FAIR School community.

We are proud of the most recent winners that were announced at our November 15, 2019 Community Meeting:

  • Shawn Gransee-Bowman
  • Makyla Campbell
  • Darrius Selmon
  • Michel'leh Anderson
  • Wendy Briones-Galindo
  • Yohannes Belete
  • Joseph Ballard
  • Mars Carbajal
  • Zayra Flores
  • Shunte Payne
New student information night is November 21
Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:25 AM

Great learning is happening at The FAIR School and we'd love to share it with students in Minneapolis and the surrounding metro area.

Join us for our Information Night on November 21, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for all new students or rising 9th graders (currently 8th graders) and families. 

FAIR is a small 9-12 comprehensive high school focused on equity, excellence and the fine arts. An Minneapolis Public Schools city-wide option, FAIR is open to all MPS students.

For more information, contact school counselor Joe Kane at or call 612-668-1076.

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Picture retake day is November 14
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:35 AM

Do you want Lifetouch to retake your school picture? Simply return your original package on Picture Retake Day: Thursday, November 14, 2019. 

¿Deseas que volvamos a tomar tu foto? Simplemente envía tu paquete original el día de la nueva toma fotográfica: jueves 14 de noviembre de 2019. 

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Attendance:  612.668.1060
Main Office: 612.668.1060
Principal, Mary Pat Cumming: 612.668.1063
Dean, Mychal Crowder: 612.668.1075

School Counselor: 612.668.1076
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