St. Paul City School building at 215 University Ave.


After years of being in three separate buildings, St. Paul City School District is constructing a new facility. The school celebrated with an official groundbreaking at University Ave. and Marion St. on Nov. 4, 2021.
“We will be able to better serve our students and community with upgraded classrooms, a full gymnasium, and space for the family team as well as the community,” said St. Paul City School Executive Director Meg Cavalier. “Being in one building will also allow us to streamline resources and more efficiently serve students in PreK-12th grade.”
The new 70,560-square-foot building will include 28 state-of-the-art classrooms, a full gymnasium, green space/playground, cafeteria and community space, and a full service community clinic (open to the public). There will be 47 onsite parking spaces and an outdoor play area. The $16.3 million facility is being constructed on a 1.79-acre lot formerly owned by the League of Minnesota Cities.
The free public charter school was founded in 1998 and currently operates its primary school at 260 Edmund Ave., its middle school at 634 Virginia St., and its River’s Edge Academy High School at 188 West Plato Boulevard. Enrollment district-wide is 520 students. Ninty percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
The school hopes to hold classes in the building for the 2022-2023 school year. Involved in the project are TenSquare LLC, Rivera Architects, and JM Construction.
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