• Learning in Style

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


  • 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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Where in the world ….



Students at LIS are from the far reaching corners of the earth. Each student has their own unique immigration story. The dots on the map above indicate the students’ country of origin.

This year, the 215 students at LIS come from 20 different countries: Benin, Brazil, China, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Tibet, Togo, and Vietnam.


Students in Esther Wagner’s English classes are writing a story entitled, “My Life.” This exercise is giving students practice in  sentence structure and proper grammar. When the stories are finished each student will share their story with the class. In addition to developing writing and grammar skills this exercise will help students get to know each other a little better.

All with the desire to learn are welcome!


Language Learning through Theatre

Beginning in February of 2015, CLIMB Theatre partnered with Learning In Style School to use theatre as a way to improve confidence and fluency in common situations.  It is the mission of CLIMB Theatre to create and GetAttachment-1.aspxperform plays, classes, and other creative works that inspire and propel students toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and the community.

GetAttachment-2.aspx“CLIMB has been a great addition to our classroom experience for both students and staff,” said Agnes Foley, director of Learning In Style School.  “The students have enjoyed real-life situations where they enthusiastically participate.  For many of them it is an introduction to the value of theatre.  The staff have been introduced to new ways of teaching.  We have all benefited by their presence in our midst.”

Each week two actors, Scott Tolzmann and Paul Nemeth spend 40 minutes in every English class. The classes include a vocal warm-up (usually a tongue twister of some sort), introduction to the vocabulary that will be used in the lesson, a brief skit by the actors, student involvement in the skit and then a review of the key GetAttachment.aspxpoints covered in the lesson.

“The students at LIS work very hard.  I am very impressed by them and encouraged by the way they relate to the lesson of the day,” said actor Paul Nemeth.

LIS is An Official Monarch Waystation

This past summer the Peace Garden at Learning In Style School became an official Monarch Waystation.
Peace Garden
The Peace Garden contains a wide variety of nectar plants that blossom at various times throughout the summer giving the Monarchs a constant source of nectar throughout the season.


These plants include both perennials and annuals such as columbine, asters, monarda, impatiens, pansies and more. The garden also contains a water source and a fence for protection from winds. This past summer two varieties of milkweed were added to the Peace garden, and within 24 hours a Monarch was already circling looking for a place to lay eggs. It couldn’t have found a more peaceful home!

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Another LIS Student Becomes A US Citizen

UnknownCongratulations, Hamda!  A huge goal has been accomplished and a dream come true.

On November 17, 2015 Hamda was among the 424 new U.S. citizens who took their oath at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. Along with the new freedoms come responsibility. The ceremony encouraged the new citizens to better our country by sharing their gifts of compassion, by caring for their neighbors, and by enriching us with their culture. We are proud of you, Hamda! Don’t forget your responsibility to vote!  May other dreams come true, too.

LIS Foster Grandma Receives Award


20150926_211724On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Lucy Miller was honored for her service as a foster grandma.  This honor took place at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis at a Lutheran Social Services event, Celebration for Changing Lives.  This event acknowledged their 150 years of service to the community. 

For the past three years Lucy has been a Foster Grandma at Learning In Style in the Children’s Room.  Many of our students have children and wouldn’t be able to attend classes if it wasn’t for the Children’s Room.  Children are provided educational play in a family style program that promotes cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and language development.  

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