Good Afternoon WLA Stakeholders

We understand that there has been difficulties with bussing and transportation to start the school year. We appreciate your feedback and patience as we work through this situation. As we work to improve our transportation procedures we are taking the following steps in coordination with our bus company.


  1. We will be moving to group stops. Which may impact where your student is picked up or dropped off. Groups stops are intended reduce the amount of time students spend on the bus.
  2. We are cleaning up our bus routes by removing students off the bus lists who are no longer attending WLA or who have opted out of busing and will be adding students new to busing.
  3. As we move to more group stops you will be notified by the bus company via postcard. Please expect those postcards to start arriving around next weekend. We anticipate that new routes will start Monday, September 18th. A follow up communication will be sent to confirm the start date of new routes.
  4. If there are route changes, timings, or address changes communication needs to be communicated to Nicole Link ( and she will communicate with the bus company. Once she has heard back from the bus company she will communicate back to you.
  5. Nicole Link WLA Transportation Coordinator will be visiting the Monarch facility to work side by side with their Transportation Coordinator to ensure that communication is thorough and followed through on.
  6. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. Please get the word out that there is a national shortage of drivers. If you are interested in driving bus or know of anyone who is interested, please reach out to Monarch Bus Company. 


Nicole Link

Transportation Coordinator 

Our Mission

The mission of WLA is to utilize leadership based programs and strategies grounded in solid research, combined with the demonstrated success of Core Knowledge curriculum as a basis of a rigorous overall educational program that builds strong skills in math, reading, literature, writing, music, science, and technology.

Our Vision

The vision of WLA is to be a school where students and graduates become exceptional leaders, and are prepared to take on the academic and leadership challenges they will face as they transition into high school.

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In the early 1990s, a small group of educators and policymakers came together to develop the charter school model on the premise of parental choice, achievement, and innovation. Minnesota’s legislature passed the first charter law in 1991, and the first charter school opened in 1992.

In Minnesota, charter schools are tuition free independent public schools that are open to and welcome all students, no matter ability or need, and are governed and operated jointly by licensed teachers, parents and community members. Additionally, charter schools receive less per pupil funding than traditional public schools because charter schools may not levy property taxes, and receive no funding from local property taxes.

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