Our Facility

Community of Peace Academy’s Preschool 4 Peace, Elementary School, Middle School and High School are co-located in a common school facility that occupies an entire city block in a residential neighborhood on the East Side of St. Paul.  

There have been three major facility additions since the founding of the school in 1995:

  • 1997: the first addition gave the school a Music Room, Library/Media Center, Computer Lab and designated Kindergarten wing.
  • 2002: The High School was added, which include a beautiful new Art room, a state of the art Science laboratory, and a second computer lab.
  • 2008: Construction of the regulation sized gymnasium and auditorium was completed.  The Rusthoven Gynmasium and Auditorium, named after CPA’s founder, Dr. Karen Rusthoven, includes a roof garden, the first “green roof” completed in the City of St. Paul, and the first in Minnesota on a public school building.  

Two playground spaces, a dedicated PreK playground and a larger playlot and field, afford students outdoor space for physical activity and movement.

CPA Green Roof Facts

  • 50,163 plants are planted on the roof.
  • Conserves energy by reducing heating and cooling needs
  • Mitigates urban heat-island effect
  • Creates a wildlife habitat
  • Improves aesthetic environment
  • Provides an educational amenity for students and staff