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Glacier Hills Elementary School

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Posted May 31, 2013

My son is a Kinesthetic Leaner. Because of all the teacher complaints I took him to 2 different psychologists both of them said he was normal. One of them indicated he was likely gifted. The school continued to complain about my son and then suggested I put him on medication, after I told them he had seen 2 different professionals. It is interesting considering all the complaints I listened to and all the action I took because of their issues. Thankfully my son has parents who are educated and have resources and we aren't afraid to contact professionals. This school doesn't do well with Kinesthetic Learners. My experience has been constant negative comments and very little positive comments from teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2013

I agree that a sense of community for parents is a tough win here. Though I've made friends with other parents, the volunteer opportunities don't lend themselves to community building, primarily because the parents here are working, hard. The sense of community for kids, though, is amazing. DD doesn't like time off of school unless we have a major trip planned. She adores here teachers, is exposed to students from a variety of backgrounds, and is well cared-for in every aspect. The social climate has been carefully nurtured and it shows. I also agree that a certain lack of focus prevents the maximizing of all of the opportunities, but you can't have this truly creative, divergently-thinking, growth fostering environment if the group is hung up on every missed opportunity. Glacier Hills strikes a fantastic balance. It's not perfect, but it doesn't pretend to be. It's goal is constant innovation an excellence, and they reach it on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2011

Glacier Hills is a fantastic learning community. I feel that my children have opportunities to celebrate diverse perspectives through the arts and science inquiry. Teachers are high quality, caring, responsive, and willing to go the extra mile to make learning creative, fun, and relevant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Excellent facility, wonderful staff and teachers, great principal! Just couldn't ask for anything more!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

Glacier Hills Arts and Science Magnet School has wonderfully involved teachers and principal. Their focus on art and science is forward thinking and provides wonderful experiences for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

I love that when I go in to the school, it's peaceful and quiet, and all the children are having their needs met. I have volunteered there, and know that some of the children come from homes with big challenges. But everyone has a beautiful, peaceful, loving place to come to, with an excellent science and art curriculum. The school pays close attention to the emotional and social needs of the children, as well as to their intellectual needs. I love this school, and it keeps me in this town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I admire Glacier Hills Elem. school because of the quality and expertise of the teachers -- they're above average. Their respect for the students is so evident!


Posted March 31, 2010

We have two children in Glacier, having chosen this school specifically for its specialized curriculum and excellent staff. We have had only the best experience at Glacier. Each of our daughters was recognized before Kindergarten as being gifted and placed in the Enrichment program for students in K-2. This was one of our requirements for our elementary school, and we couldn't be more pleased. We have met so many wonderful educators and parents at Glacier, and we feel we've truly found a family there. Even after our children advance to the next grade, we stay in touch with their former teachers. Our girls are performing well above the state and national averages, and we plan to keep them at Glacier for as long as we reside in Minnesota.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

I agree with the previous comment that they have fabulous programming & not taking advantage of it.Let aside encourage,they have no method even to identify unique yet obvious talents .This has led to discouraging talented kids from coming forward.Not much cooperation from teachers either. Looking for a different school now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2009

This school has some fabulous programming. But they don't know exactly which opportunities they want to take advantage of so sometimes it seems very disorganized. There is no sense of community. It's not a family like many of the other local schools. Granted they have kids coming from all over the district, but they should also be asking for parent involvement, I'm sure many parents would love to be involved. When they say there will be homework every week, there is no consistency so it's hard to tell what/how my son is doing academically. I see plenty of artwork coming home but not a lot of schoolwork. They still need to focus on the basics and decide the best way to incorporate the many wonderful opportunities that they have. I'm transferring my son to our local school next year so we can have that sense of community we love.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

I cannot say enough about this school. My child has attended this school for two years and I could not have chosen a better school for him. They are a magnet school of Arts and Science but they take all other subjects just as serious. They identify students learning levels and teach to them. They also have a program that identifies students that are 'Young Scholars'. I am extremely pleased with the school, teachers and prinicpal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

My son is a Fourth grader at Glacier Hills. This is our second year there. We love the magnet school aspect, he has a lot of opportunities to grow in the art's and science fields because of Glacier Hills. The prinipal, Jeff Holton, is fabulous. We recently had an incident with another student saying a racial comment to my son, Mr. Holton handled this matter immediatly. I really appreciate the professionalism that went along with his response to this matter. It let me know that he supported the fact that racial discrimination will not be tolerated in his school. That really impressed my family. My son loves it there and I will be sad after next year when he graduates fifth grade. I would recommend this school to anyone with mentally/physically challenged children along with minority children. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming for all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2007

Our family relocated here from Chicago and chose housing based on access to District 196 and particularly Glacier Hills. My third grader loves his school and we are very excited to see the level of committment by faculty and administrative staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

All three of my children currently attend Glacier Hills. They all love their teachers, the lessons, and their fellow students. On my behalf, I love that I am asked to help with field trips, parties, and other activities at the school. Alot of parental involvment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

My daughter has had an excellent school experience. The staff at Glacier Hills is caring, creative and dedicated. I like the fact that the school population is culturally diverse and celebrates its diversity. Students here are offered a safe and exciting learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

We moved here in September of 2002 from Southeast Texas and were very impressed with the dedication to learning as compared to the school we came from. My child has been exposed to arts and culture that have not been available elsewhere.


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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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

116 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

78 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
52%
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 Students88%
Female89%
Male86%
Black84%
Hispanic83%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant88%
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 Students83%
Female85%
Male79%
Black83%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant83%
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 Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black81%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant90%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

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

All Students87%
Female91%
Male80%
Black50%
Asian94%
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant87%

Reading

All Students80%
Female91%
Male65%
Black56%
Asian88%
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners61%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant80%
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 Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Black72%
Asian90%
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant83%

Reading

All Students70%
Female70%
Male70%
Black50%
Asian74%
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English74%
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 Students75%
Female74%
Male77%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant75%

Reading

All Students81%
Female82%
Male81%
Black91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant81%

Science

All Students74%
Female76%
Male72%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant74%
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 54% 73%
Black 17% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 6%
Hispanic 10% 7%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Jeffrey Holten
Fax number
  • (651) 683-8577

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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3825 Glacier Dr
Eagan, MN 55123
Phone: (651) 683-8570

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