Wellstone International High School

Wellstone is focused on preparing students to be globally competent young adults who are fully prepared for college and career.

Wellstone International High School is a traditional high school in Minneapolis Public Schools.  Wellstone serves newly arrived refugee and immigrant students who desire to learn English, graduate from high school and pursue their dreams of post-secondary and career.  The school's foundation is based upon social justice and peace.  We know that a safe, secure environment cultivates learning and nurtures one's talents.  All students are emerging bilinguals with skills that are competitive and marketable.  Providing access and opportunity for students to learn the culture in the United States as well as the language, grants them full access to be advocates for themselves and their communities.  Giving to Wellstone is giving to the future, giving to justice, and giving to peace in our communities.


Wellstone International High School (WIHS) provides an equitable education for English Learners (ELs) by meeting academic and social-emotional needs. WIHS builds on the assets and experiences of ELs’ multilingualism and multiculturalism. Students are expected to critically analyze and respond to local and global issues while enhancing awareness of self and others. Academic standards, research-based support systems and experiential learning come together to produce a rich academic setting. Advanced coursework includes college courses and opportunities for students to prepare for post-secondary options.  WIHS utilizes and promotes collaboration and community engagement through enhanced community partnerships.

Visit us at: http://wellstone.mpls.k12.mn.us/

Celebrate Wellstone
  • 100% of students are Minneapolis Public Schools future multilingual, multicultural community members
  • Class of 2017
    • 93% applied to college
    • 100% of graduates with college or career post-secondary plan
  • Diploma to Degree program partnership with Minneapolis Community and Technical College

 Who we are

  • 100% of students are English Language Learners
  • 90% free or reduced lunch
  • 3% homeless or highly mobile
  • 50% Somali as native language
  • 30% Spanish as native language
  • 10% Oromo as native language
  • 10% other languages

 Where are we from?

  •  Our students represent 20 countries and speak 20 different languages.
  • Language: Spanish, Mam, Somali, Oromo, Amharic, Nepali, Vietnamese, Chinese, French, Creole
  • Countries: Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Oromia, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nepal, Vietnam, China, Togo

Community Partners

We would like to thank Greencard Voices, Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, EcoLab, Wells Fargo, CAPI, Centro Guzman, and People Center Health Services, and Internationals Network for Public Schools for their continual support.  Please consider giving to our supporters as well:

GreenCard Voices: https://www.givemn.org/organization/GreenCardVoices

Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota: https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx?ORGID2=411817894&vlrStratCode=FnssGef87qET...

People Center Health Services: https://www.givemn.org/organization/Cedar-Riverside-Peoples-Center

CAPI: https://www.capiusa.org/donations/

Centro Guzman: https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/Centro/OnlineDonation.html

Internationals Network for Public Schools: http://internationalsnps.org/donate-now/



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