Founded in 2011, Prodeo Academy is a network of public charter schools that provide families in the Twin Cities metro area with a high-quality education option. Founders Rick Campion and Chancey Anderson recognized that for Prodeo Academy to be exceptionally successful, they needed to learn from the highest-performing schools in the country.


To ensure this success, Rick spent two years studying and completing internships in several amazing schools to bring their best practices back to the Twin Cities. Chancey spent time teaching and writing curriculum for Uncommon Schools, one of the highest-performing networks in the country.

As experienced educators, they know that success in the classroom is a combination of many powerful factors, and they designed a school to address each of those factors. Having worked at all levels of education, they were able to see what preparation for college looks like at every grade level. Their goal was to provide a place where all families have the same platform for future success.

The guiding mission of Prodeo Academy is to serve as a network of preparatory schools that develop students to be critical thinkers and reflective leaders. Since its founding, Prodeo Academy scholars have shown tremendous academic results. On the nationally standardized NWEA, Prodeo scholars are in the 94th percentile in math and the 90th percentile for growth in reading.

  • Veda Chokshi

    Reading Interventionist

    “ I love working alongside such smart, driven, and thoughtful educators. Everyone truly wants to build a school that values both academic and emotional growth for students. It’s a joy to be a part of this community!” ”

  • Dr. Breanna Fulton

    Assistant Principal, St. Paul Academy

    “ I chose Prodeo because it’s a learning community that embraces and celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity within individuals while working to achieve rigorous teaching and learning goals. Our culture of celebration and achievement keeps me here. ”

  • Ashely Denaway

    Primary Academy Counselor, Columbia Heights

    “ I love working at Prodeo Academy because of our dedication to helping children develop growth mindsets, teamwork, and positive problem-solving skills. We instruct scholars to identify what these look, sound, and feel like, and practice them daily.” ”

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Columbia Heights, MN

Columbia Heights/St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MN

Prodeo Academy Principals

  • Hattie Carvalho

    Principal, Columbia Heights Primary Academy

  • Liz Ferguson

    Principal, St. Paul Academy

  • Skye Hoekstra

    Principal, Columbia Heights Elementary Academy

  • Al Wepsala

    Principal, Columbia Heights Middle Academy