Arcadia in the Media

For all you gamers out there, get ready to play a new one designed by seven 11th graders and one 10th grader, all students at Arcadia Charter School. As a final project, the "Great Eight" started working on the video game in late March.

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Bob Gregory-Bjorklund, arts coordinator at Arcadia Charter School and students from the production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged. This is a show that includes all of Shakespeare’s plays in a 97-minute performance.

Chris Koza

Six years and 24 residencies later, Koza returned to Northfield at Arcadia, 1719 Cannon Road, to debut his album “Sleepwalkers part 1” in a Friday night concert with nearly half of the 124 middle and high school student body involved in the collaborative project.

For the past several weeks, Arcadia Charter School has hosted Twin Cities musician Chris Koza as part of their arts residency program. 90 middle school and high school students volunteered to create a collaborative, multimedia performance piece with Koza.

On Monday, Sept. 27, all three middle school grades at Arcadia Charter School piled into a school bus to go on their first physical field trip since the pandemic began. The eighth graders spent the day in the Nerstarnd-Big Woods State Park.

Typically Greenheart Exchange, a nonprofit which established an exchange student program in 1985, has 800 -1,000 exchange students per year. Despite COVID-19, a small group of exchange students have decided to continue their studies abroad amid the obstacles.

Oran D. Frenstad of Arcadia Charter School received the National Merit University of Minnesota Scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Arcadia Charter School has been innovating the ways in which it comes together as a community and collaborates during this time of physical distancing. Arcadia students continue to start their day together, online, in their advisories — which are like multigrade home rooms.

In the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes singer/songwriter Rachel Ries from Her Crooked Heart and Bob Gregory-Bjorklund. She is currently doing an Arts Residency at Arcadia Charter School in Northfield.

For long-time educator Laura Stelter, group discussion, projects and meeting the individual needs of students are her top goals in education. Stelter, a board member of Arcadia Charter School since 2011, now hopes to incorporate her philosophy as executive director.

Arcadia Charter School's graduation ceremony celebrated both the class of 2019 as a whole and each student as an individual. The graduation class, teachers and family members gathered for the sendoff for Arcadia’s seventeen seniors at the Armory Square Event Center Friday night.

“It’s so amazing to see everyone” exclaimed Melissa Niles, one of many Arcadia (formerly ARTech) alumni to attend the school’s 15-year anniversary celebration June 8. Her words were echoed by dozens of former and current students and teachers, along with friends and families.

At approximately 9:30 pm on Wednesday, May 1, Isabella Callery (Anishinaabe)—one of only nine students to make it to make the final round of competition from a field of more than 275,000 high schoolers—heard her name announced as the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

If you listen to KYMN Radio, you have likely heard Logan Wells promote one of the many organizations he supports. The scope ranges from the Boy Scouts of America, VFW, Mayor’s Youth Council, and Arcadia Charter School, to the YMCA Youth in Government program.

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Arcadia Charter School in Northfield, Minnesota usually has around 130 students enrolled. It's a small school focused on the arts. But don't let the size of the school fool you - it's a powerhouse when it comes to Poetry Out Loud.

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist features Arts for Martin at Arcadia Charter School with Bob Gregory-Bjorklund and Sam Wilmot. Join Northfield’s performing artists - from all disciplines, all ages and all levels, novice to professional - for our fifteenth annual evening of reflection on the life and work of Martin Luther King.

As part of Arcadia Charter School’s Innovation Days, students visited four local assisted living facilities on Dec. 5. The students spent the day with residents, getting to know them while making holiday decorations and designing interactive artwork.

For Bob Gregory-Bjorklund, theater is more than art and it’s much more than the performances. It comes down to building relationships.

Gregory-Bjorklund has a history of performing, directing, teaching and guiding the Northfield youth through a variety of programs.

When it was all said and done, the students who were immersed in a variety of short works such as poetry, fiction stories and essays came out of the experience with a clear understanding of what the veterans and the families and friends of those groups go through.

Arcadia Charter School, which just celebrated its 10-year anniversary, has evolved into a creative incubator that encourages students to pursue their interests.