South Education Center (SEC) serves students pre-K through Transition with unique needs in a variety of programs.




Special Education Programs

We are experts at serving the unique needs of our students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other neurological conditions, and Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD) or cognitive impairments, mental health conditions and/or trauma, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD); and/or other related conditions or diagnoses.

  • Elementary: Our elementary program serves students in grades K-5. Students benefit from small class sizes and customized learning in a well-supported classroom. Just like any other school, our elementary programs have activities such as circle time, play time, physical education, and recess. Students work on emotional regulation to better access learning and focus on traditional academics like literacy and math.
  • Middle: Our middle school programs serve students in grades 6-8. They gain the academic and emotional skills to prepare them for returning to middle school in their home school district. Students work on identifying their emotions, self-regulating, and responsible decision-making skills to prepare them for middle and high school. Our middle school programs have small class sizes and customized learning in a well-supported classroom.
  • High School: Our high school programs serve students in grades 9-12. Students work on a variety of skills including responsibility, skills training, interdependence, communication, emotional regulation, as well as core content areas like reading and math. Our high school programs have unique classrooms to meet the sensory needs of students.
South Education Center Academy

South Education Center Academy (SECA) is an alternative high school for students who are determined to earn their diploma. We serve students in grades 9-12, up to age 21.

SECA is a credit-based program that offers:

  • Core academic courses required for a Minnesota high school diploma
  • A variety of elective courses including art, personal finance, job skills, work experience, and parenting"
  • Classes for English Learner students
  • Credit recovery courses through Northern Star Online

What makes us different?

SECA works with students at their skill level to help them build confidence in their abilities.

  • Small class sizes and greater individual attention
  • Project-based learning
  • Restorative practices that help us build community and resolve conflicts
  • Partnership with a local childcare center to provide daycare services for teen parents
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Enroll: Call 612-355-5838 or fax 612-355-5839

Transition Program

Our Transition programs support students who have attended a high school special education program and wish to go on to obtain an Individual Education Plan driven-diploma or to advance their skills in education and training, employment, and independent living.