At GAP, we offer at-risk adolescents a safe, structured environment in which to learn and grow. With a significantly lower staff-to-student ratio than mainstream public schools, our teachers develop strong personal relationships with GAP students that help us identify and address each individual’s unique needs.
GAP’s suite of culturally appropriate, community-based educational services help diverse, economically disadvantaged youth overcome the realities of their backgrounds and greatly improve their economic and occupational outcomes.
Alternative Senior High School GAP’s accredited, comprehensive high school diploma program serves grades 9-12 and emphasizes the acquisition of strong basic academic skills that promote college and career readiness. Leadership development and community service learning are also core components of the program. The high school program is accredited through MNSAA. GAP, a contracted site of the St. Paul Public Schools, engages in continuous improvement documented in the School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP) and Title I Plan. These three documents - Parent Compact, Family Engagement Plan Short Form, and the full Family Engagement Plan - are meant to inform and engage parents as collaborators. GAP is currently a Focus School as measured by the Multiple Measure Ratings; you can read more information in a letter from our Principal (English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Karen). Our Minnesota Department of Education Report Cardhighlights program graduation rates, assessment scores and demographic information.
Extended Day/Extended Year Program All GAP students and youth throughout Saint Paul can participate in Out-of-School Time enrichment opportunities before and after school, on Saturdays and school holidays, and throughout summer months. Activities focus on arts and culture, technology, career and job readiness, sports and recreation.
Adult Basic Education Program Adult Basic Education provides adults, ages 18 to 24, with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an industry recognized certificate in a career pathway through a full day school program. Instruction in the core content areas of reading, writing, mathematics, speaking, listening and English Language Acquisition as well as courses in citizenship, civics, basic technology skills, employability skills, health literacy, study skills, financial literacy are offered. The ABE Program is a member of the St. Paul Literacy Consortium.
Post-Secondary Education GAP partners with area colleges and universities to provide students and graduates with college access opportunities and support.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES
GAP provides a continuum of social and emotional support services for children, youth, young adults and families.
Community School Collaborative — with partner Change Inc. and area graduate schools, GAP provides prevention, early intervention and mental health services schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Indigenous Youth Cultural Mentoring Program provides Native Youth in St. Paul with mentoring, language instruction in Dakota and Ojibwe, and instruction in traditional ceremonies.
Mentoring is provided for all high school students as well as for Opportunity Youth enrolled in the YouthBuild/AmeriCorps program.
Other Supports include transportation, meals, health and wellness support.
Social work services are provided by social work students in partnership with Metropolitan University.
TRAINING THAT LEADS TO EMPLOYMENT
GAP makes a difference in our students’ lives by giving them the tools and credentials they need to achieve economic stability and improve potential for higher lifetime earnings. Our goal is to make education and employment training a possibility for young adults in our community who face significant barriers.
YouthBuild AmeriCorps Program Students within GAP’s Alternative Senior High School and Adult Basic Education programs are eligible to enroll in our YouthBuild AmeriCorps program. This program provides a career pathway through alternative education and job training. While earning a high school diploma, participants acquire the skills and training that will position them for a successful career in one of the following areas: construction, information technology, nursing, automotice maintenance and repair, or customer service. GAP provides job search assistance and job placement/retention support for all YouthBuild AmeriCorps program graduates.