Open World Learning Community PTO

A nonprofit organization

$31,020 raised by 85 donors

97% complete

$32,000 Goal

Thank you OWL donors!

This year's Give to the Max Day was a smashing success, and it's not too late to add your donation to support OWL's weeklong, grade-level fall retreats and student-selected interim courses in the spring that are core experiences for ALL of our students. Click the "Donate" button above or send a check to the school office made out to "OWL PTO" to participate in our fundraising campaign.

This year's retreats sent our students to places like field studies of the Mississippi River, garden projects at Camp St. Croix's Grow and Gather Farm, a college campus visit to Minnesota State University in Mankato, and service work in Iowa (Camp Wapsie) and northern Minnesota (Camp Du Nord). You can view a sample of this year's fall retreats in our media gallery below!

Funds raised above our goal will support other initiatives that help maintain a close-knit school community, including teacher and student group grants, student-led Culture Nights and staff appreciation efforts. Your donation goes to the OWL PTO (a registered non-profit) and is tax-deductible.

Here is what students have said about this year's fall retreats:

“College tours/fall retreats helped me plan for the college I want to attend in the future and helped me look for what I want in my future career and college” -Ne’zariah Parker (10th grade)

“Fall retreats has helped me gain close relationships and has brought me out of my comfort zone in fun and different ways” -Aj young (11th grade)

“It was great to have a unique bonding experience away from the stress of school.” -Maria Imholte (11th grade)


OPEN WORLD LEARNING COMMUNITY (formerly Open School) has nurtured self-directed learners for more than 49 years. Since 1971, students in our small-by-design school have been celebrated and respected for their individuality and take an active role in their education. With just over 450 students in grades 6-12, every student is a known and valued part of our family-like community. OWL is a member of the national network of Expeditionary Learning Schools, which promote rigorous and engaging curriculum; active, inquiry-based pedagogy; and a school culture that demands and teaches compassion and good citizenship.

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640 Humboldt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55107



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