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Welcome to Harbor City International School

Welcome to Harbor City International! We are a public, tuition-free charter high school located in downtown Duluth, Minnesota. Our focus is on college preparation, and we offer a rigorous academic curriculum in an atmosphere of belonging and respect. Because we are a small school with excellent student-to-teacher ratios, each student thrives under personal attention and individualizeGlobed support. Our students develop critical thinking skills and a mindset of success in the care of teachers who are dedicated to the educational process and passionate about their fields of study.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our outstanding programs. Whether you are interested in enrolling or you are a current HCIS parent or student, you will find an abundance of information to help you make the most of your time with HCIS.

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A Message from Our Director

Dear Parents and Students of Harbor City International Charter School,

I would like everyone to take a few moments to review a letter from Dr. Brenda Cassellius, commissioner. Harbor City has been designated as a Reward School for the third time! We are excited to spread the word about this to our community.

October 23, 2014, sent via e-mail and U.S. mail
Harbor City International Charter
Director Paul McGlynn
332 W Michigan Street Ste 300 
Duluth, MN 55802-1610 

Dear Principal,

I would like to offer my sincere congratulations for Harbor City International Charter School’s third designation as a Reward School. Your school is among the highest performing schools in the state, and this recognition reflects the incredible sustained success of your students in the areas of proficiency, growth, and achievement gap reduction.

Minnesota’s Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) allows us to look more broadly at the performance of a school. The system emphasizes the importance of both achievement and student progress from year to year, and it allows us to recognize and share the incredible accomplishments in schools just like yours. Your school’s sustained success over the past three years is commendable.

I believe that if we work together, every Minnesota school can be excellent. It is my hope that Reward schools will share effective practices with other schools across the state. By learning from one another, we can replicate what works and close achievement gaps among students.

I appreciate the hard work you do every day to ensure the students you serve are successful. It takes focus and dedication to put systems and strategies in place that yield the kind of results your school has shown year after year. You, your staff, and your students are to be commended.

An electronic version of the 2014 MDE Reward School logo will be forwarded to you via e-mail. Please feel free to again use this logo to celebrate your success with your staff, students, parents and community.

Congratulations, again, on your remarkable accomplishment, and thank you for the work you do on a daily basis to ensure every child is successful in school and life.


Dr. Brenda Cassellius

What great news for our school! We are proud of our students, staff, and parents for helping make Harbor City one of the highest performing schools in Minnesota.

Respectfully Yours,

Paul McGlynn

Executive Director
Telephone: (218) 721-6137