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Awards & Recognition


  • 2024 - U.S. News Best Public School - Upper School
  • 2024 - U.S. News Best Charter School - Upper School
  • 2023 - Award for Excellence in Academics from the Volunteers of America - Minnesota


  • 2023 - 2005 Consecutive Education Finance Awards from the Minnesota Department of Education
  • 2023 - 2014 Consecutive Forest Lake Times Readers’ Choice Winner in multiple categories: Best Public School, Best Charter School, Best Preschool, Best Principal, Best Summer Camp, Best Tutoring Program, and Best Teacher (*bold denotes most current awards)
  • 2022 - Minnesota Association of Charter Schools Innovation Awards for its Special Education Co-Teaching Model 
  • 2021 - 2018, 2015, 2012 Award of Excellence in School Board Governance and Award of Excellence in School Financial Management and Oversight from the Volunteers of America – Minnesota
  • 2020 - 2015 Consecutive National School of Character Promising Practices Awards
  • 2019 - 2010 Consecutive Promising Practices Awards from the Synergy & Leadership Exchange
  • 2018 International Baccalaureate Authorization - Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme
  • 2018 Minnesota Department of Education North Star Award for LILA Lower School’s overall math progress, 5th-grade reading progress, and consistent 5th-grade attendance
  • 2018 “Ethics in Education” Outstanding Educator Award to Cecilia Delbene, from the WEM Foundation
  • 2018 - 2012 Awarded Guest Teacher Trainee through the Institute of International Education, the Confucius Institute, & the Hanban (China’s educational wing)
  • 2014 Named Confucius Classroom by the Confucius Institute
  • 2012 Local Government Innovation Award, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • 2012 National Promising Practices Award, Character Education Partnership of Washington, D.C.
  • 2011 Finalist for the National School of Character Award, Character Education Partnership of Washington, D.C.
  • 2010 National School of Character “Profiles in Character” award winner, Character Education Partnership of Washington, D.C.; only 18 schools across the U.S. were selected, based on an evaluation of each school’s strengths in areas such as social-emotional learning or meeting individual student needs within the CEP’s Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education
  • 2007 Primary Years International Baccalaureate Authorization