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Terra Nova

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Street Address 1705 Hwy 25 N
Buffalo, MN 55313
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Phone 952-852-0129
Grades Served 6-12
Enrollment # 112
District # 4229
Congressional District 8
Legislative District 29A
Authorizer Innovative Quality Schools

Programmatic Focus

Teacher Powered/student driven, PBL, Env. Science, S/EL


Out of the Classroom, Into the World.

The vision of Terra Nova (formerly JGESA) is to provide a personalized project-based learning experience where student passions, interests and environmental education drive learning toward becoming flexible problem solvers, effective leaders and responsible citizens.


School officially opened in 2015. Formerly, Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, the transition to Terra Nova continues to reflect our desire to direct students out into the world as they grow and mature into young adults, look outside themselves into the greater community, and it still retains our emphasis on environmental education. Leave the land better than you found it. Make the land new again.

Awards & Recognition

Minnesota Charter School Innovation Award - 2021 (state)
MDE School Finance Award - 2019, 2020, 2021 (state)
Building Hope Educational Innovation Award 2022 (national)


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