History of PACT

History of PACT

In 1994, PACT was the eighth charter school to be established in Minnesota. Started by a group of homeschooling parents, PACT offered a unique model of parents partnering with teachers and students, the model afforded parents an opportunity to be involved in everyday decisions.

In 1994, PACT opened in the old Anoka Post Office. The school started as a K-7 school and had 84 students that first year. Students would walk three blocks to a nearby park for gym class. PACT used hands-on learning through field trips, symposiums, and unit studies.
Also unique to PACT is non-school Fridays which were intended for family learning experiences beyond the classroom. Many families still use the non-school Friday as family time or get together with other families.

In 1995, after outgrowing its space, PACT expanded to the Karpes Court Racquetball Club on Pierce Street in Anoka across from the Northstar station and Old Milk Factory. K-6 moved in, but grades 7-8 remained in the old Anoka Post Office.

In 1996, PACT Secondary (grades 7-9) moved from the Anoka Post Office into the Old Milk Factory. A grade was added every year after that until the school reached grade 12. Our first high school graduates were the Class of 2000.

On September 24, 2003, PACT broke ground on a five-acre site in the Ramsey Town Center development. The doors opened a year later in September of 2004. Makeshift classrooms were in the gymnasium and portables were used the first two months. The 72,000 square foot building was designed to accommodate K-12 students and had a unique feature of a “Cafetorium” that served the dual purposes of a cafeteria and auditorium with a performing arts stage and seating. The rear of the stage opened into the gymnasium that allowed the stage to be used for large functions.

When the school moved from Anoka to Ramsey, enrollment nearly doubled, and nearly 2,000 students were on the waiting list. A large waiting list remains -- managed through a lottery system.

PACT offers more than 30 extracurricular activities -- some of which are co-ops with neighboring schools like Legacy Christian Academy, Anoka High School, and Spectrum High School. In 2015, the PACT Dance Team was the first school sport to qualify for a state tournament.

The 2018-2019 school year will mark PACT’s 25th year serving the educational needs of the community! PACT Charter School currently serves 660 students in K–12, and has been authorized by Bethel University since 2003. Prior to that they were authorized by the Anoka-Hennepin School District. It is the mission of PACT Charter School to prepare students for college and lifelong learning, promote positive character development, and pursue a community atmosphere of mutual respect.

History of PACT

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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

 

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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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