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Students enrolled: 320
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5926 Ryan Rd
Duluth, MN 55804

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(218) 525-0663
(218) 525-0024
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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
November 15, 2015
The teachers at this charter school are great teachers but need to step up and hold the administration more accountable. The charter school movement is based on successful participation of teachers in the administration of the school.

- submitted by a community member

November 15, 2015
There seems to be continuing leadership problems at the school as well as continuing budgetary issues. The former administrator mentioned below as being unresponsive resigned and the new administrator will at least answer e-mails, but there are still big problems. They got in trouble with the state last year for operating a non-licensed preschool. It highlights environmental education as one of its big draws, but the environmental educator is not a licensed teacher. The full-time library staff position was cut last year as was its gifted and talented/school enrichment position. Others mentioned before that the health aide position was cut awhile back and has not been restored. The school is many miles out in the country and it would take an ambulance some time to get there. Many of the teachers there are dedicated and talented, but there seem to be some real challenges in leadership and being able to continue funding the school. Carefully consider options before choosing this school. We wish we had.

- submitted by a community member

October 16, 2014
We are extremely confident that we are making the best choice in education by sending our child to North Shore Community School. The staff and administration at NSCS are outstanding: they are all caring, highly competent, and committed to providing a safe and rich learning environment. . We have found the administration to be very approachable and attentive. The staff go above and beyond on a daily basis. We are very happy with the responsiveness of the school to our child's individual needs. We are grateful for every opportunity that NSCS provides for our student. We know he is well cared for and getting a stellar education. The best part: our student is excited to go to school every day!

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2014
I think it is a privilege to be able to send my daughter to an excellent school like North Shore Community School, which is a charter school for free. I drive 25 miles one way every day to make sure my daughter goes there-which is a commitment in itself. My daughter is the youngest of our children, ranging from 27 to 11. Our older ones went to various schools in the Twin Cities, both private and public. The cost of private school was just as much as college tuition, and not necessarily as good. I never felt that I could share my concerns with those schools and have my voice heard. With North Shore Community School I feel that they are willing to hear me and adjust if they feel my concerns are valid. That in itself is a contribution to the education of our children. If the parents and teachers can work together it is ultimately for the benefit of the children and community as a whole. I feel that I have found that at North Shore Community School.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2014
I m saddened to hear about the misgivings of some of the earlier posts. I have been able to share my concerns through email, which works the best for me, and I have always gotten a response back within a reasonable amount of time. If there are parental concerns I would suggest to go through the PTA to be able to communicate more efficiently until the matter is resolved? They might be able to problem-solve some issues too. I think every school has some issues that not everyone is happy with. It s finding a way to be heard and finding a balance for everyone that is a challenge- which I think the administration is continually working to improve that immense job. As far as not having a full-time nurse on staff, I think it s ok overall. I was glad to hear that all of the staff had gotten training on allergic reactions and epi-pens. Schools need to adjust as kids have different needs, which they seems to be doing. I don t think a full-time nurse would be of great benefit, but that is just my opinion. So, to wrap up this long review, I think North Shore Community School is the best school in the Northland.

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2014
North Shore Community School is a great school with dedicated teachers and an administration committed to providing a quality education for students. We chose to send our children to North Shore and are glad we made the choice. Advice to other parents: make your choice on where to send your kids to school by visiting the school and talking with the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2014
This school used to be a great school until a couple years ago! The teachers and administration are not impressive! They have cut funding and last year was the last straw, they cut the school nurse! The nurse they had was wonderful to the students and staff. Yet they cut her because they couldn't afford her. Its funny how they keep adding on the school, but they can't afford a school nurse!!! (Plus you know that the school nurse was not paid well.) So now the secretary is in charge of the nurses office, THAT IS WRONG!! The secretary already has enough on her plate but now she's in charge of the nurses office now too. What happens if there's a hurt child on the playground and they need a nurse there asap, what happens to the office during this time?? This is just ONE of my complaints about this school!!

- submitted by a community member

September 17, 2014
My wife and I also once were proud to send our children to the school. We had no misgivings with the first two who attended the school but that was 3 years ago. We still stand behind the teaching staff but our concerns are with the schools administration. We had every intention of having our youngest continue at the school through 6th grade but before the start of this year, we had a change of heart and enrolled him in another school. We expressed our concerns to the director, via voice mails and emails, why we were making a switch but to this day have never received a return call. We have spoken to other parents of our doubts about the school and several agree with us....the teachers are some of the best around but the lack of support from administration have us doubting if the number 1 priority of the administration is the welfare and education of our children.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2014
I used to be a huge cheerleader of this school. We loved it for 3 years. As long as you do not expect the administrators to return phone calls or e-mails about serious issues, then it might be OK. The board seems to have little direct control over the job performance of the 2 administrators. The teachers are dedicated and seem to run the school fine with little leadership. The curriculum is pretty good, too. However, there have been some serious leadership issues in the past 2-3 years and they make one seriously question the future of the school and whether or not the needs of all kids are considered when making important policy decisions. The school actively contracts out work that directly impacts student success and the resulting turnover and lack of quality in these areas is a concern. There is no school nurse or dedicated health aide.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2014
I can tell by reading the reviews, that this would not be a school of choice for my children. Seriously! Learn how to spell! Also have friends with children there - they have many regrets.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2013
Use this school as a last resort. If you want your children to regress, than send them to this school. The two stars is for the arts and crafts program. They at least do this well.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2010
My oldest son went to North Shore and my youngest son is a 3rd grader there. The staff is highly qualified, motivated, adaptive and creative. In being a charter school, they are not handcuffed by a large administration so decisions can be made quickly. Being on 40 acres, the staff and kids have an excellent outdoor lab. They are very good at securing funding for all kinds of projects (greenhouse, cross country skis, snowshoes, hockey rink and warming shack, playground equipment, 3 new classrooms and computer room, etc.). Most of the staff are long term, although they do not get tenured, which in my opinion, allows the administration/school board to act quickly if a staff member is not doing their job (this has not been much of an issue since any openings that become available are very much in demand, due to the school's reputation).

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2010
I am so thankful my kids go to NSCS! I wish my oldest would have had the opportunity to attend, but I feel blessed my youngest 2 are being taught by these amazing individuals. I feel they truly care for these children and take extra pride in making sure they are succeeding and reaching their true potential. When their is a child that is strugging the teachers make sure they get the help they need. The extra-curricular activities are wonderful and the community involvement is above no other. Special thank you to Mrs. Camper and Mrs. Compton

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2009
They really work hard with students epsessily Mrs.Wood

- submitted by a student

February 07, 2008
When moving back to the Duluth area, we specificly chose to build in Duluth Township so our children would attend North Shore. My husband and I are both educators, and the quality/variety of education our children get here is way above what our own experiences have been in other schools.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2006
Upon moving to the Duluth/Two Harbors area we were concerned we would not find a school that was to our expectations! We were refered to NSCS because of its all day Kindergarten program!! We love this school , the teachers, others staff and above all the cirriculum!!! They have so many oppurtunities not offered at other schools. The Fabolus music and art specialist. Quality PE , that gives them a goal to live a healthy lifestyle. The Reading and Math cirriculum is top notch!! Also several afterschool activities with a wide range of interests included! And the outside space they have to explore is beyond compare! I can't imagine my children going to school anywhere else!! All around EXCELLENCE!!!

- submitted by a parent
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North Shore Community School
5926 Ryan Rd, Duluth, MN  55804
(218) 525-0663
Last modified North Shore Community School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
North Shore Community School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top