Authorizer: Innovative Quality Schools (IQS)

IQS is a “Single Purpose Authorizer” meaning that, unlike other authorizers, their only mission is to authorize charter schools. Like UMA, IQS is a non-profit corporation with 501 (c)(3) status. IQS was approved by Commissioner Alice Seagren as an authorizer on December 1, 2010 and currently authorizes more than 20 schools.


UMA’s partnerships with companies, organizations, and community groups afford us opportunities to engage with and learn from our community.

Some of our current partners include:

  • Fort Snelling State Park
  • Jeffers Foundation
  • Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
  • Mortenson Family Foundation
  • National Park Service
  • Ramsey County
  • Tangletown Gardens
  • Wilderness Inquiry

We are always looking for new partners who can support and sustain our mission, and to whom we can be an asset as well. If you are interested in becoming a partner of UMA, please send us a message.

The best way to learn more about UMA? Stop by for a tour.

Upper Mississippi Academy

Upper Mississippi Academy is a public charter school providing high-quality education for students in grades 6-12 in the St. Paul-Minneapolis metro area. Located in downtown St. Paul, UMA’s experiential, collaborative environment encourages dynamic teaching and learning through an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional instructional approach.



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