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Sixth Grade at BSM

A Special Announcement from our President and Junior High Principal

BSM Announces Expansion Plan for Sixth Grade

March 11, 2024

BSM Middle School Welcome

Benilde-St. Margaret’s is pleased to announce it will expand to welcome sixth grade students for the first time in school history.

Beginning with the 2025-2026 school year, BSM will provide a rigorous and holistic college-prep education for students in grades 6-12.

By expanding the grade offerings at BSM to include sixth grade, more students can experience the benefits of a Catholic education.

“The addition of a sixth grade at BSM reflects a growing demand
by families in the Twin Cities who want a Catholic education for their children.”
- President Danielle Hermanny ‘03

BSM is confident that this shift will create opportunities for more families to have access to Catholic education in the Twin Cities. “BSM currently serves families from 93 zip codes across the Twin Cities metro area. We believe that Benilde-St. Margaret's rich legacy and reputation for providing an academically rigorous college preparatory experience in a Catholic environment is one that appeals to families. Here at BSM, students are known, loved, and challenged to grow into men and women of character. We are excited to introduce those opportunities to our newest Red Knights,” said Danielle Hermanny ‘03, BSM's president.

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Benilde-St. Margaret’s, a result of the merger between St. Margaret’s Academy and Benilde High School in 1974. “It is fitting for BSM to again evolve to meet the needs of families,” Hermanny said, adding, “Our faculty and staff are committed to providing the best educational experience for students, and we’re excited to do the same for our first class of sixth grade students in 2025-2026.”

BSM’s inaugural class of sixth graders will be welcomed in August 2025. Applications for enrollment will be accepted beginning in October 2024.

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Thank you for your interest in the new sixth grade at Benilde-St. Margaret’s!

If you have other question that are not answered here or elsewhere on our website, please contact us

BSM Office of Admissions

Call us: 952-915-4345
admissions@bsmschool.org

Ted Freese, Director
Middle School 
Admissions (6-8)
tfreese@bsmschool.org 

Betsy Van Cleve '06, Director
High School Admissions 
(9-12)
bvancleve@bsmschool.org 

Carly Schwieters,
Associate Director of Admissions

cschwieters@bsmschool.org 

BSM Visit Information

BSM offers a variety of options to visit our school campus.

Choose from these visit options or schedule a private tour. We're happy to help find the most convenient time for you and your student to visit BSM:

  • Day Visits 
    (9:15 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.)
    Start in a homeroom, take part in two block period classes (1.5 hours each), and enjoy a delicious Taher lunch courtesy the BSM Admissions team.

  • Private Tour
    Tell us about the interests and passions of your student and we'll create a custom tour of classes and activities during a morning or afternoon experience. 

  • Open House Events
    Available in day and evening format, tour BSM, meet BSM faculty, staff, and students, and learn about our dynamic approach to teaching and learning.

Visiting BSM gives future Red Knights and their families the opportunity to speak with a variety of faculty, staff, administration, and students. You can see first-hand our classrooms and learning settings while experiencing a typical school day.

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