Authorizer | Bethel University

Charter schools in Minnesota are approved by the Minnesota Department of Education and must have an Authorizer to oversee school operations. Together, these entities monitor the school's performance in both academic and non-academic contract goals. PACT Charter School is authorized by Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

PACT Authorizer Contract (2018-2020)

About Our Authorizer

For over 50 years, Bethel University has prepared many excellent educators. As an academic institution, it is Bethel's mission to educate and energize men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. Bethel University supports school choice through its charter school authorizing efforts according to its mission and vision. The goal is to authorize a network of charter schools—each with its curricular focus, and all are subscribing to an accountability model informed by the most current research about ensuring children's success.


Bethel's commitment to authorize charter schools is an outgrowth of its history and mission to educate and energize men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service.


The Bethel Education Department's vision for charter school authorizing is to serve innovative charters committed to academic excellence for their students and show proof of practice in alternative and scalable designs for education to our pre-service teachers, educational researchers, and the field of practice.

Program Overview

Education Department

The Bethel Partnerships Coordinator, working with the Education Department Chair and the oversight committee, is responsible for the leadership and management of the Charter School Authorizing Program. The Bethel partnerships coordinator assumes responsibilities for communication and coordination with staff and administrators at the schools and facilitates oversight of schools authorized by Bethel University.

The Bethel Charter School Oversight Committee

The Bethel Charter School Oversight Committee (BCOC) has been in place for over ten years and is made up of five members. This committee works with the Bethel Partnerships Coordinator to provide regular and ongoing oversight to each of the charter schools that the university authorizes.

BCOC members include:

  • Education Department Partnerships Coordinator
  • Education Department Chair
  • A representative from the Office of the President
  • Dean of Professional Programs
  • Ad hoc financial expert

Resources for Authorized Charters


(content used with permission of Bethel University)

Authorizer Liaison: Heather Ross (heather-ross@bethel)

Contact Us

PACT Charter School
7250 East Ramsey Parkway
Ramsey, MN 55303 

Phone: 763-712-4200
Absence line: 763-712-4200, ext. 2
Fax: 763-712-4201



Office Hours

School Year
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Teachers leave @ 3:30 p.m. 

Non-School Fridays
7:30 a.m. - Noon

School Breaks
Monday | Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday | Thursday: 8 a.m. - noon
Closed Holidays and Fridays


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