Board, Policies, Plans, & Handbooks

Board Meetings

All Board Meetings and Board Committee Meetings are open to the public (click here for the public comment policy) and are posted on the Great River School Calendar. 

All Board Documents are available to the public here.

Each month’s folder contains the Board agenda, minutes, and materials, including all financials reported monthly.

To sign up for public comment period, please email the Executive Committee or sign up in person 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the Board meeting.

Board Committees

The Great River Board has the following committees: Executive, Finance, and Student Experience.

Committee Agendas:
Executive Committee Agenda
Finance Committee Agenda
Student Experience Committee Agenda


Board Members
List of current board members and their contact information.
The Executive Committee
Contact Great River School Board's Executive Committee by emailing .


State Required Posting

Postsecondary Enrollment Options

Adolescent students at Great River may take courses for college credit through the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program.  To learn more about this option, please visit this page or contact Dean of Students Matt McElrath at

Standardized Testing

Great River School is a public school and as a public school is required to administer standardized testing.  We administer the following tests:

  • MCA math, reading, & science in Grades 3-11

  • ACCESS for ELL (English Language Learners)

  • ACT plus writing for Grade 11


Board Documents

Plans and Handbooks


If you have questions about policies, email

IB (International Baccalaureate) Policies

Great River's authorization by the State of Minnesota as a public charter school and Novation Education Opportunities (NEO) gives GRS credentials to grant a Minnesota high school diploma. As a charter school, GRS is an independent school district under the governance of our own School Board. Additionally, GRS is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Program as a World School for the 11th and 12th grade program. There is no accreditation process for Montessori Secondary schools.

Authorizer Contact Information

Novation Education Opportunities (NEO)
Wendy Swanson-Choi, Executive Director  432 Denmark Ave, Ste 130
Eagan, MN 55123 (612-889-2103)

Faculty Licensure & Accreditation

All GRS faculty are state licensed.  All elementary faculty are trained Montessori teachers. The majority of adolescent faculty have attended a 5-week adolescent orientation program with the North American Montessori Teaching Association in Ohio. Others have taken courses with the MN Montessori Training Center or in Bergamo, Italy.  International Baccalaureate teachers are IB trained.