Totino-Grace High School
On-Campus Boarding Residence


Totino-Grace High School is home to a dormitory for domestic and international students on the school's campus in Fridley, Minnesota.

The one-level residence was previously home to the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The facility was converted into a fresh, new living space for 40+ boarding students. 

Fridley is a northern suburb of Minneapolis and St Paul, known as the Twin Cities.  The campus is conveniently located just 16 KM from downtown Minneapolis

and 25 KM from downtown St Paul 

giving students two cities for the price of one. Bus routes that run to both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul are within a few blocks of the campus.
In 2015, the Twin Cities was ranked the best place to live in the U.S.  Click HERE to read about the ranking. The Twin Cities gets high marks for many reasons:
  • Considered the U.S. Midwest cultural capital with 30 theater venues, 10 dance companies and 60 museums.
  • Home to the Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the U.S. with unbeatable savings due to no tax on clothing and shoes.
  • Lowest unemployment rate in the U.S.
  • Home to more Fortune 500 companies per capita than any other state in the U.S.
  • Short distance to the Mayo Clinic, considered the best hospital in the world and a destination for health care for many world leaders.
  • Offers more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined with almost 15,000 lakes.
  • Offers a four season climate.
  • Lots of green space and clean air.
  • Entertainment/recreation area includes ping pong table, pool table, foosball table, big screen tv, piano, video games, etc..
  • Enclosed courtyard
  • Study Space
  • Comfortable accomodations
  • Home-cooked meals provided
  • Family-style dining for dinner
  • Laundry facilities
  • Secure entry
  • Indoor access to high school classes
  • Wireless connections for Internet
  • Access to fitness center
  • Weekend activities and excursions
Student dormitory rooms have some basic items that every student needs for safety and comfort and the ability to function within a residential community.
  • Single occupancy until rooms are filled. After, double occupancy (two girls or two boys per room) starting first with freshman, than sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • Furnishings include: standard, twin size lofted bed and mattress, desk, chair, closet, dresser, window blinds/shades, waste basket.
Totino-Grace dormitory residence hall floor plan. Please note the door that separates the boys wing from the girls wing is secured and alarmed:
Living in a dormitory community with other teenagers will help boarding students develop important life skills as well as independence.  We encourage students to make the dorm rooms a comfortable and personal home away from home.  We encourage residents to bring favorite posters or photos of friends and family.  Here are some suggestions of additional items to bring:

  • Twin sheets
  • Mattress cover
  • Blanket
  • Pillows
  • Bedspread, comforter
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Shower tote
  • Shower sandals/flip flops
  • Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, etc.)


  • Winter jacket
  • Gloves, scarf, winter hat
  • Clothes hangers
  • Rain/snow boots
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry bag
  • Laundry detergent, stain remover, dryer sheets
  • Clothes drying rack
  • Small sewing kit
  • Storage crates
Desk & School Supplies:
  • Alarm clock
  • Energy-efficient desk lamp
  • School supplies (i.e., pens, binders, notebooks, highlighters, stapler, etc.)
  • USB or flash drive
  • Stamps/ envelopes/address book
  • Calendar/assignment book/planner
  • Back pack/tote bag
  • 3-prong extension cord (UL approved)
  • 3-prong power strip and surge protector
  • Flashlight
Other items you don’t need, but many students like to have:
  • Fan
  • Pictures from home
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Headphones for use during study hall
  • Books for pleasure reading
  • Snow/rain boots
  • Sports equipment like a tennis racket, Frisbee, golf clubs, ice skates
A Day in the Life
A typical Totino-Grace student ranges from a local individual living their life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis or St Paul, to a student from elsewhere in the U.S., to an international student who is here for a world-class education.

School day
6:30 AM Breakfast
7:00 AM Before school activities (clubs, organizations, study groups, etc...)
7:30 AM Bell for homeroom
7:35 AM Homeroom begins with announcements followed by classes. Lunch takes place on campus during the school day.
2:15 PM Classes are dismissed and after school activities begin. Totino-Grace offers many co-curricular activities to students: athletics, instrumental or vocal groups, clubs, drama, service.
6:00 PM Evening meal in the dormitory 
6:45 - 10:30 PM Study time and free time
10:00 PM Lights out

On the weekend, students are provided with transportation to shop and explore the Twin Cities. Resident managers also organize excursions and activities for residents.
Shari Nichols, Director of Enrollment and International Students 763-586-6316.

Photo gallery of life in the dorm

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1350 Gardena Avenue NE, Fridley, MN 55432
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