Established in 1997, Duluth Edison Charter Schools (DECS) is known for its reputation throughout Minnesota and the mid-West as setting the standard for charter school administration. With a tradition steeped in creativity and entrepreneurialism, coupled with a human-centric, community-focused culture, DECS provides the perfect backdrop and platform for forward-thinking leaders, staff and students.
In addition to paving the way for how charter schools are administered in Minnesota, DECS is also an anchor within the Duluth community, providing both stability and consistency for its staff, the residents of Duluth and the children and families it serves.
Historically, the school attracts and retains a team of committed professionals that often spend their entire career at DECS while students and families remain connected to the school long after graduation. This connectedness plays a critical role in the success of the school and the success of our students, staff and stakeholders. It is the golden thread that keeps the school united.
Through its longstanding commitment to personal and academic growth, as well as its adherence to values, innovation and progressive learning, DECS remains one of the top charter schools in the country. Key components of the DECS culture include a freedom to experiment and a freedom to fail approach to innovation, a supportive and solution-based mentality and a belief system that we are always doing something special.