In this article we shall be talking about the various schools that are within the city of Mendota Heights, Minnesota. We shall narrow our search to those schools that are high school level and above, and now, with these criteria, let us begin.

Saint Thomas Academy (abbr. STA), originally known as St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, and formerly known as St. Thomas Military Academy is the only all male, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory, military high school in Minnesota. It is located in Mendota Heights near Saint Paul. The Academy has a middle school (grades 6-8) and a high school (grades 9-12). The high school students are required to participate in military leadership classes, as the school was previously part of Army JROTC. Its sister school, Convent of the Visitation, is located down the street. Many classes and after school activities involve both schools. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Saint Thomas Academy was first founded as Saint Thomas Seminary by Archbishop John Ireland on September 8, 1885. STA became a U.S. Army school in 1905, and, in 1916, part of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). In 1922, the Seminary’s Academic Department separated into College of St. Thomas and St. Thomas Military Academy. Later, in 1965, the school moved to its current campus in Mendota Heights (though in a smaller iteration). A middle school was added in 1971, composing of seventh and eight grades. STA closed its boarding school program in 1974. In 2015, the school separated from the JROTC, though it retained its military curriculum and required courses. The inaugural sixth grade class joined the Academy in 2017.

Saint Thomas Academy was a member of the Classic Suburban Conference (now Metro East). They participate in all 14 Minnesota State High School League sports as well as Orienteering. Saint Thomas Academy also has various co-curricular activities such as Band, Chess Team, Debate Team, VISTA Theater Company, Math Team, Quiz Bowl, Knowledge Bowl, Table Tennis Club, Experimental Vehicle Team (2005 Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge Champions, 2006 Solar Bike Race Champions, and two time Shell Eco-marathon Champions), Mock Trial, The Rifle Team and The Crack Drill Squad. More than 90% of students participate in co-curricular athletics or activities.

Henry Sibley High School was founded in 1954. It is named for Henry Hastings Sibley. The current school was built in 1971 to serve students in grades 10–12. Today, it serves students in grades 9–12 and houses the district’s administrative offices. It is currently remodeling the main offices, expanding the cafeteria, and remodeling science spaces, thanks to passage of a facilities and technology referendum in 2004. It serves as the public high school for the communities of Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake, Lilydale, West St. Paul and parts of Inver Grove Heights and Eagan. The school is a member of the Metro East Conference.

We hope that you have been aptly informed about the various schools that are within the city of Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

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