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Harambee Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 435 students

Our school is best known for environmental science and community cultures.

 

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Posted June 3, 2014

My daughter has been at Harambee for two years, and her sister is set to join her next year. We like the emphasis on the outdoors/environment and the principal and staff were very helpful and receptive when we were transitioning my daughter. As with any school, some teachers are easier to reach/more responsive than others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

We are the parents of 2 young children at Harambee. At this school we have found a vibrant community where kids, teachers, and parents respect each other and come together to educate the whole child. We are thrilled to have found this free, year-round public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

Harambee students benefit from a dedicated, creative teaching staff committed to making sure every student has a chance to succeed regardless of their learning style. There is a consistent message that in a diverse community, each student has special gifts and perspectives that contribute to the success of that community and make it a wonderful place. Highlights include the year round calendar which lessens summer learning "slide", the environmental science focus which utilizes the many habitats on the 28 acre site where students can learn outdoors year round, and the community cultures focus where students learn that each of us has a culture, and that it's fun to learn about others. They become prepared for their future in a diverse workforce. The special ed team is another strength, helping kids with special needs reach their full potential. And did I mention our amazing principal, Ms. Griebel? Her dedication to the Harambee mission unites students, staff, and families. Both of my children blossomed in this unique environment, even though one is gifted and the other has special needs. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2011

We researched schools for 2 years for my daughter. The local public schools could not meet her needs. Harambee was and is a Godsend. Through good class sizes, enthusiastic, well trained staff and educators who know every child by name and are devoted to making each one succeed - they have exceeded my expectations. Their year round schedule was a draw as well as our students need to catch up to the rest of the world who do not school by an outmoded agricultural calender. Our daughter is an accelerated learner. She is in first grade now reading and doing math at a third grade level loving the additional challenge. At Harambee no learner is stigmatized, no matter where they are on the specturm. From the teachers to the principal they are all easily contacted and respond quickly and effectively to any concerns. Other schools have an anti-bullying curriculum.Harambee and Crosswinds teach, live and breathe true integration: learning about eachother and valuing eachother for our similarities and our differences. It is a wonderful community of parents, staff, teachers and students from various backgrounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2011

My son attended this school from K-5 (all the grades they offer). He had a great time, wonderful teachers, a diverse set of friends, and a great education (entered his next school as a 7th grader!). The year-round calendar is the best, giving the family opportunities to travel at off-times of year. Beautiful grounds. Definitely worth a visit, a choice public school for students from 10 school districts. Note, the year-round schedule does play havoc with state standardized testing, Harambee kids have six weeks less class time when the tests come around, partly explaining the poor results there. Not at all indicative of how wonderful this school is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2006

This school seemed like a great choice when we chose it, but has not lived up to our expectations. Our child has not found the challenges he needs here. He reports that the teachers are interrupted repeatedly by the same small group of students. He wishes that they spent 'less time cleaning up and more time learning.' Our child who loved preschool has lost his spark and excitement for learning. We are very disappointed and are looking for another option. We will be very sad to leave the music teacher. He has been a bright spot in a not very positive experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

Tri District now Harambee is a wonderful school. My oldest daughter has been there since K and is now entering the third grade. My youngest will start this fall. The teachers and the staff are all wonderful and supportive to students and staff. My children even love the year round curriculum as well as the bridges programs they offer between quarters. The students attending this school tend to be very polite and well behaved and excel in school. I would recommend this school first and foremost ahead of them all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2003

I have had children in this school for the past 5 years. When my oldest started school here, he was behind in reading when entering the 4th grade. By the end of the year, his teacher got him up to the correct reading level and ready for the 5th grade. The other child that I have was doing very well. Regreting my move, this school was helping my 1st grader excell in his classes. Teachers are there for the reinforcement for both the students as well as the parents. This is a wonderful school. Wish I would have had a school like this growing up. This facility made it easier on the life transitions that my children had to face. I would recommend this school to anyone that I meet. The programs that they offer for the child for the before and after school daycare was wonderful to. This was such a pleasant experience with a school and I was proud to have students in the school. Thank you Tri District.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
26%
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.

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 Students72%
Female79%
Male69%
Black60%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Economically non-disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant74%
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 Students71%
Female74%
Male67%
Black50%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners53%
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant71%
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%
Female64%
Male82%
Black63%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Economically non-disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant72%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
41%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
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 Students66%
Female73%
Male58%
Black63%
Asian55%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Economically non-disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners48%
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant66%

Reading

All Students58%
Female53%
Male63%
Black41%
Asian40%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners36%
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant58%
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 Students51%
Female52%
Male50%
Black35%
Asian63%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Economically non-disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant51%

Reading

All Students42%
Female48%
Male37%
Black24%
Asian50%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Economically non-disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%
Non-migrant42%
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 Students60%
Female63%
Male57%
Black41%
Asian74%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Economically non-disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners37%
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant60%

Reading

All Students53%
Female58%
Male46%
Black41%
Asian58%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Economically non-disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners21%
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant53%

Science

All Students38%
Female42%
Male33%
Black13%
Asian42%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Economically non-disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English47%
Non-migrant38%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 36% 73%
Black 25% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 6%
Hispanic 16% 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 58%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 9:30 am
School end time
  • 4:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kristine Black
Gender
  • Coed
Fax number
  • (651) 379-2590

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
  • Music
  • Social justice
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Kickball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Kickball
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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30 East County Rd B
Maplewood, MN 55117
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