Spero Academy


Too often, students who require special education or supplementary education services are not successful in school programs due to the challenges their disabilities present, which can damage their self-esteem. Spero Academy is a beacon of hope for many of these students. At Spero Academy, students find success and an opportunity to rebuild their confidence as successful students and individuals, helping them grow into productive members of society. Every student deserves the chance to be successful, despite the challenges that a disability may throw in their way.

With the help of our design team, Spero Academy is getting a new home to better enable Spero Academy to broaden their services, educate more students in a safe, comfortable environment, and enrich their community.

This public K-6 elementary charter school located in Northeast Minneapolis that provides a national model of inclusive and tailored education for children with special needs will move into its new home for the 2018-2019 school year.

While the school is open to all students, a majority of students have been diagnosed with one or more learning disabilities, many of which are on the autism spectrum. Spero Academy provides a safe space for these students to build confidence, a place to learn how to regulate and manage their emotions, behaviours, and disorders so they can experience the type of accomplishment that so many take for granted. Replacing a small rented space just a few blocks away, the newly constructed building will help accommodate planned programming expansion intended to meet growing demand for the Academy’s services.

We bring our unique expertise in both K-12 and behavioural health design to the project. The schematic design phase is near completion during which the design team worked alongside Spero Academy and the city to explore how the massing, site placement, and floor plan can better support the unique personal, social, and academic needs of the students.
The building is scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

Project Cost

$10,500,000 USD


64,000 sq ft


Summer 2018


Spero Academy


Minneapolis, MN