Lakeside overview

Academic Overview

Our classroom provides evidence-based practices to assist our students’ academic success.  Many of our students come with failing grades.  Though positive behavioral strategy and self-paced individuated lesson plans our students begin to gain confidence that result in higher grades.  If a student graduates while at Lakeside, they can begin working on general college classes.

Project-based Learning

We offer Project-based Learning as academic credit for our students.  Our Project-based Learning teaches practical skills that can be applied in the workforce such as a strong work ethic, creating positive co-worker interactions, and interacting productively with supervisors, as well as general operations maintenance and facility upkeep.  After building a foundation of trust and respect, we begin to offer advanced project-based learning experiences.  These may include marketing, production, business management, and other various opportunities based on the skills and interest of our students.

Onsite Public School

All students at Lakeside Academy are enrolled in the local Minnesota public school district (Southwest Metro – Intermediate school district 288) and attend classes Monday-Friday right on our campus. Lakeside Academy operates as a year-round school with four breaks that are three weeks each.

Staffing: Two licensed teachers are on site each day of the school week. In addition, the program administrator, Tom White, is on site once a week.

Each professional was selected based on his experience working with troubled adolescents, experience working in both traditional and non-traditional school environments, and his knowledge of addiction, mental health, and a variety of different learning styles and modalities.






A – Classes are provided online in a classroom setting; they are self-paced, with supervision and ongoing involvement from licensed teachers.  Students spend approximately 2 1/2 hours daily on their core-curriculum classes such as English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Electives occur for an additional 4 ½ hours daily.


A – Once your son is enrolled, his teachers will provide their cell phone numbers, and email addresses. In addition you will be encouraged to create a login/password on Cynergy, the parent communication site of Southwest Metro. Here, you may check your son’s attendance, view his grades and transcripts, etc.