Resources for Families

More Information About Classical Education

Below are some recommended readings regarding classical education. Dorothy Sayers’ essay and Veith and Kern’s Classical Education are quick reads and provide excellent explanations of the Trivium, classical education, and their benefits.

  • The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
  • Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America by Gene Edward Veith and Andrew Kern
  • The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

Student Services

Parnassus Preparatory School offers a variety of supports to address individual student needs and provide support and resources for our families.

Our vision for Student Support Services:

  • Responsibility for all students to reach their full potential is shared by all.
  • High expectations – both academic and behavioral – are maintained for all students.
  • All students are provided access to our core curriculum.
  • All students are valued members of the school community and
  • A positive climate exists to provide a sense of belonging for all learners.

We will work collaboratively with all staff, students and families, to provide the best supports and services that will enable students to thrive in the Least Restrictive Environment.


The mission of the Parnassus Student Services Department is to promote student achievement, based on specifically identified needs, and to prepare scholars for success in their chosen paths.

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

Per Minnesota Statute 125A.24, Parnassus Preparatory School has established a local Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) comprised of parents and guardians of special needs children and staff members who work with Parnassus Preparatory School special needs students and their families. This is intended to increase the involvement of parents of children with disabilities in making recommendations to the administration.

The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) is open to all members of the Parnassus community. SEAC meetings are held throughout the year and address issues related to fulfilling the needs of Parnassus’ diverse learners. The role of SEAC is to:

  • Represent the interests of Parnassus learners with disabilities.
  • Advise the Special Education Department on parent involvement, current issues, program development and department priorities.
  • Serve as an advocate for high-quality special education programs.
  • Promote communication among family, school, and community.

SEAC Meeting Schedule


Special Education Resources for Families

Total Special Education Services Plan (TSES)

Restrictive Procedures Plan

Procedural Safeguards

Special Education Parent Handbook



McKinney-Vento/Students Experiencing Homelessness

The McKinney-Vento Act provides homeless and highly mobile students with certain rights so they have access to opportunities that will help them meet the same high academic standards expected of all Parnassus scholars.

Homeless students live in any of the situations listed below:

  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of others
  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Awaiting foster care placement
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live
  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, etc.
  • Migratory children living in any of the above circumstances

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in homeless situations have the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there
  • Receive transportation to and from school
  • Enroll in school immediately
  • Participate fully in school activities
  • Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental educational services.

Ms. Stafford, Parnassus’ Special Education Coordinator, is our McKinney-Vento coordinator. Please contact for more information.


Come see for yourself what makes Parnassus unique and discover all the possibilities that are here for your children.

11201 – 96th Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN 55369 – Main Office Hours: 7:30am – 4:00pm – Main Number: 763.496.1416
Bus Company: 763.425.2542
Animus & Accendo Programs: 763.496.1416 ext. 319
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