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Bloomington, MN
Students enrolled: 459

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8401 Palmer Rd
Bloomington, MN 55437

(952) 681-5400
(952) 681-5401
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April 19, 2015
Thank you to Poplar Bridge for making such positive improvements in the past year! This has always been a wonderful school. They had 2 years of a bad principal which accounts for many of the negative comments on this site. However the school and administration took action and let him go! My children currently love the new principal and the school is back on track. The test scores are up and the teachers seem so much happier too. So glad Mr. Cantu is now the Principal. He is FANTASTIC!!

- submitted by a parent

December 03, 2014
My guess is that people who visit this website are new to Bloomington and are looking to compare elementary schools. If that is you, take heart, my two children have had very good experience at this school. Their teachers have been wonderful and committed to their advancement. The BPS administration is responsive to parent concerns. If you are looking for information on PB, please ask neighbors and others in the community. Reach out to teachers at PB or PTSA members via e-mail. The e-mail addresses are listed on the website. Your personal connections will mean more than anonymous "reviews" on a website.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2014
20011/2012 this school went down hill fast. We had 4 glorious years at Poplar Bridge and then an inexperienced political control freak principal moved in. He's going to do what he wants regardless of laws or your rights as a parent. The vice superintend changes stories to protect the principal. There were some clear legal violations this school pulled on us but who wants to spend your hard earned money to pursue legal action against your own city and school? We chose to spend the money to move to a better district. Over punishment, over reaction, targeting of students, lying, double talk and failure to follow legal regulations in place by the state. Everyone wants to put your kid on psychotropic pharmaceuticals. Horrible 3rd grade teachers.Look up "gas lighting." Looking for a great school district, I'd say keep looking. I'd stay out of the entire district too. You don't have to take my word for it, have a look at the test scores through the Pioneer Press/Twincities.com. Third grade is horrible. Overall they're dropping with very little recovery. It's hard to do well in a toxic environment. Politics and protecting bad public servants take a toll on kids.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2014
We started out very pleased with this school, but ended up disappointed. I don't think best practices are being used. We had an issue that wasn't even remotely appropriately handled by the principal, Mr. Flucas. I won't be sending my younger child to Poplar Bridge, which is unfortunate because we live just blocks away. There are better options in Bloomington at this point.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2014
Things have changed for the worse at this school. Many of the teachers feel entitle and really aren't interested in teaching. There still are some very good teachers there that struggle to keep a positive attitude. With the retirement of the Principal Swor and the installation of an inexperienced individual, the school has changed. No questions have been directly answered. There's a need to distract, there's a lack of accountability by teachers, administrators (including the superintendents) and principal. They are very eager to put kids on pharmaceuticals. It's a negative environment, with bitter teachers and a serious lack of accountability. Granted, academically there are still some merits to this school. Hence the 2 stars. Also to be fair, this is probably an epidemic that is rolling through all public schools, not just this one. I have ran into many teachers and just general employees from Poplar Bridge in the community. They are seriously unhappy since the installation of this principal. I also would comment there there's a bit of reverse racism going on. I don't make these statements lightly. I won't send my child to this school

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2013
I believe the student experience and learning begins and primarily stays between the teachers and the students. Poplar Bridge has amazing teachers. We have 3 kids so for in Poplar Bridge Kinder through 3rd grade. Our children have had a positive experience. They are learning, excelling and making great friends. If there ever is a concern, by open communication, email, phone calls to teachers or principal, head office - it's a team effort - and in the best interest of the child - we all work it out. We really like the new Principal too - He is awesome! Love the passion of the Art Teacher, Media, Music for Specials too. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focus of the curriculum starts in Kindergarten as a science/health professional love that. Thanks Poplar Bridge :)

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2013
My child has attended Poplar Bridge since 2009. We have always been pleased with the school and the communication that we received. This year we have received very little information. We have to request information or press for information about many subjects. We we ask questions, we don't get clear answers. There is a lack of information about what's happening at the school, what's happening with our girl, and what is happening in the classroom. We don't get notifications like we used to either. The school has also become dirty and lacks things such as toilet paper in the bathrooms. The school has gone downhill this year. The atmosphere seems to be more negative. My daughter went from loving school to wanting to stay at home. Her assignments aren't clear, she doesn't know what to expect and she seems to be fearful of how the staff with treat her. My husband and I don't know what's going on, because no one seems to be able to answer simple questions. In our opinion the school went from wonderful to marginal in less than 10 months. The other parents and her friends seem to still be a positive factor in her attendance. We don't know if we are going to move her for her 5th grad year.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2013
My son attended Poplar Bridge K-2. He had an increasingly difficult time with one child in particular who was very disruptive to the learning process. He was also placed in math levels that weren't suitable to his learning ability. When each of these issues were addressed with the administration at the time (2009 & 2010), I felt the adminstration lacked a real grasp of being able to attend to my concerns. I ended up moving my son to Ridgeview in 3rd grade where he is finishing 5th grade this year (2010-2013). Ironically, two other of his classmates left Poplar Bridge to attend Ridgeview for the same reasons in 2010 (all three of these kids are "high performing" students). I understand the administration has recently changed at Poplar Bridge, so I hope things will improve for the students of this school. There really is a "top-down" effect to administration that directly impacts the quality of children's education.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2011
We have been nothing but happy with this school. It is the only elementary school in Bloomington that has locked front doors and you have to be buzzed in to even get in the school. The teachers have zero tolerance for bullies and are fantastic at dealing with concerns of parents. The principal knows all the kids and parents when they walk in the door.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2011
Fantastic school! My two children, that are teenagers now, went to Poplar Bridge. The principal is great and all the teachers were attentive to the children's needs and very creative. They did an excellent job of getting the parents involved too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 07, 2009
Poplar Bridge has great kids, parents, administration, and teachers that work together to create a positive, fun, and innovative learning community.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
October 07, 2009
Poplar Bridge is an outstanding school that emphasizes academics as well as the social development of each child.

- submitted by a parent
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October 06, 2009
Poplar Bridge is an amazing school! The school boasts an amazing family of staff and students that work together to strive for success. The environment is one that nurtures the mind and the character of all students, teachers, staff and families!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 06, 2009
Poplar Bridge is an excellent elementary school that provides an engaging environment for all students to learn and grow as individuals. I'm proud to be a teacher at this school!

- submitted by a teacher

March 15, 2004
This is an excellent school. I would recommend it to anyone. The teachers are amazing and the princaple is wonderful. I'm just so sad that this is my child's last year at Poplar Bridge.

- submitted by a community member

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Poplar Bridge Elementary School
8401 Palmer Rd, Bloomington, MN  55437
(952) 681-5400
Last modified Poplar Bridge Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Poplar Bridge Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top