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MPS Athletic Partnerships 2018-19

In 2015, the Board of Education passed a temporary solution to expand options for middle school students beyond their attendance-area community high school, which is the default option based on district Policy #5560 -  Eligibility for Student Activities (see section III - G). Board policy is based on compliance with the Minnesota State High School League rules.

Below is the list of established middle-to-high school athletic partnerships followed by a list of available sports. Middle school students may join sports that are available at their partner high school or attendance-area community high school (based on their home address).


High school athletic programs are open to middle school students to provide them with more athletic program options.

Per district Board of Education policy, middle school students may participate in sports either located at their community high school (based on the student’s home address) or partnership school as outlined below. Middle schools have been partnered with certain high schools based on geographic location as listed below.

NOTE: Students attending a magnet school (as marked with an * below) or other school outside of their attendance area may have more than one option for the high school they play with. Specifically, these students also have the option to participate in sports at their attendance-area community high school, which is based on their home address. To find out what your community high school is, enter your home address in the high school finder.

Middle-High School Partnership Schools:

  • Heritage Academy, Marcy* and Northeast  --> Edison
  • Anwatin* and Franklin  --> North
  • Hmong International Academy* and Olson   --> Patrick Henry
  • Andersen, Lake Nokomis-Keewaydin and Sanford  --> Roosevelt
  • Anne Sullivan, Folwell*, Jefferson  and Seward*  --> South
  • Anthony and Lake Harriet  --> Southwest
  • Barton*, Field and Ramsey  --> Washburn

*Magnet program


A student participating on a school team outside of their designated community high school or partnership school is considered an "ineligible player." If a team lets an ineligible student play, it will result in the game being subject to forfeit, and other penalties, per Minnesota State High School League rules.


For the 2018-19 school year, transportation is not provided to practices for any student in any grade, but is provided to games with pickup and drop off at the partner or community high school. The same transportation policy applies to middle school students participating in sports still available at middle schools for grades 6-8. Transportation to and from middle school games is provided from the student’s school to competitions, but not practices.