• Learning in Style

    2200 Nicollet Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    Phone 612-870-1815
    Fax 612-871-7370


    Learning in Style follows the Minneapolis Public School Schedule. Our second semester runs from January 6, 2014 to June 5, 2014.

  • Our Mission

    Since 1994 Learning in Style has provided a rich learning experience for newcomers to the Twin Cities community. Our emphasis at Learning in Style is on building literacy and citizenship skills in a supportive, affordable and respectful environment that is open to all who want to learn. In both mission and ministry, Learning in Style functions from within the charism, tradition and expertise of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates of the St. Paul Province. Classes are offered at no cost to students.

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Twenty Year Celebration News

Circle your calendars! The date May 1st has been chosen as the day for our main celebration of our twenty years as a school for adult immigrants. On that day (exact time yet to be determined) we hope to join with former students and former teachers, with leaders in our neighborhood and city, and with multiple others who have been a part of our history. More details will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

Sometime later in May, Learning In Style will be the home of a new Peace Pole. Plans for the installation celebration include our whole school and perhaps some of our neighbors. The intent is to place the pole where most students and all others can see it each time they come to our building and hopefully the pole will become part of a new garden as well.

Holiday Greetings


December has come, the holidays are here,
it’s time for family, friends and cheer.
Our LIS children add so much delight,
on our tree they’ve put great sparkle and light.

Our gratitude for the blessings of the year from all our friends and supporters and our wish for a New Year filled with joy and peace.

The LIS staff and volunteers


080L (clap) I (clap) S (clap)
20 years (right arm up), 20 years (right arm up)
Rah, (both arms up) Rah, (both arms up) Rah, (both arms up)

 … is the cheer one could hear being practiced in all the Learning in Style classrooms during the week of November 4 to 7!

On November 7, Learning In Style had its official kick-off to celebrate the 20th year anniversary. During each class period students, teachers, staff and volunteers gathered in the Great Room to celebrate the initial event. The kick-off was a type of pep-rally with a Happy Birthday LIS song, hearing the history of Learning In Style School through narrative and dialogue with the LIS cheer! The Cretin-Derham Hall students added a lot of sparkle and energy while leading the cheer with homemade banners. The kids from the Children’s Room added charm and wonder as they too tried to participate. A great time was had by all! CDH students with signs

The new outdoor LIS banner was also put up that day, “Learning in Style- Celebrating 20 years of Great Education!” Maybe you can come by to see it soon?! LIS will continue celebrating throughout this year….

Happy Birthday to us! Happy birthday to you! Happy Birthday L-I-S! It’s our 20th Year!!

By Mary Lorentz, SSND

My Experience of Eid

On October 16, 2013, my student from Togo returned to class after the Muslim holiday of Eid. Tene was wearing a beautiful black dress which sparked our conversation for writing. The following is Tene’s conversation with me.  (Teacher Esther)

“My dress is new. My husband bought it last year when he went to Mecca. He gave me four dresses. Each one has a different design. I like the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAother black one the best.

I had a good Eid. After we prayed at the mosque my whole family went to the farm near St. Paul. My husband killed the goat. We paid $185.00 for it. We took it home in small pieces. We didn’t get home until 5:30 pm. Then I wrapped the meat for the freezer and I cooked goat meat, vegetables and rice for my family. We ate a delicious dinner at 8:00 pm. Everybody ate a lot of food. It was a great day!”

Submitted by Esther

The Beginning of the School Year

Our new school year began on September 3, 2013 with the excitement of seeing each other again – students, teachers, volunteers, staff, friends – all greeting each otherOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA and catching up on each others’ lives. More than 4100 students have registered with us over the years. The present school year started with a flurry of new registrations and with, as always, welcoming back over the summer or over several years, our regular students from between 20 and 30 different countries.

This is a special year for us.  We will be celebrating our 20th year as a school for adult immigrants -celebrating 20 years in the same neighborhood of Whittier, celebrating new and old partnerships, celebrating new opportunities and new challenges. We intend to spend the whole year celebrating!  The planning committee for the 20th celebration has many ideas that month by month will find us remembering and looking forward. Stay tuned!

Author: Agnes