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North Shore Community School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $155,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $880.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 31, 2009

They really work hard with students epsessily Mrs.Wood
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2010.

42 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

49 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

46 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

39 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students77%
Female95%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students73%
Female77%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students75%
Female67%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female65%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant68%

Reading

All Students67%
Female77%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant67%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students55%
Female71%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant54%

Reading

All Students45%
Female62%
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English44%
Not migrant44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female55%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant69%

Reading

All Students73%
Female65%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%

Science

All Students70%
Female60%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female75%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant62%

Reading

All Students62%
Female75%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Not migrant62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 73%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
Black 0% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 7%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A37%
Female 47%N/A49%
Male 53%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Susan Rose
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Fax number
  • (218) 525-0024

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Music
  • Band

Student clubs

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  • Gardening
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