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Somerset Elementary School

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Posted September 2, 2013

We have great teachers, and support staff. Annual readathon is a great fundraiser that gets all the kids involved in raising money for the school and we get the best reward for it our kids read like crazy. We include the great outdoors in our education which I love. The gym teacher helps the kids understand that we move our body for fun and health. The music teacher and her after school choir are wonderful. I couldn't be happier with my school. New principal this year as our retired. We will miss our beloved Mrs. Bowman greatly she knew each and every student by name even the first day of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

Great school, great teachers, great staff. Everyday the kids arrive at school in the morning, the principal and the guidance/friendship counselor greet them BY NAME! Somerset is a smaller school, which is just one of the things we like about it, but it is wonderful that the entire staff takes the time to get to know each student and the student's family. The principal at Somerset is always actively involved with the students, not sitting in her office behind closed doors. My child sees the special education professionals at this school for speech services. These teachers/professionals are awesome. I can't stress that enough. My child leaves for and returns from school happy. Prior to moving, I researched this district because it was a new district for us. Everything I read about Somerset was accurate. The move to a new district and school could not have been easier. Our school really is a community with no shortage of parent volunteers. My kids' experience/environment is similar to that of my childhood; the difference being that I attended a small, private school. That's what Somerset feels like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

We have two daughters at Somerset. Somerset is a wonderful school with wonderful teachers and a wonderful principal. Every time I see Mrs. Bowman she is happy and cheerful and such a positive person. It is easy to see that she truly loves her job and the children. The test scores just prove how great the staff is doing. It is also nice to see so many parents volunteering and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2011

I've been an elementary school teacher for 19 years and have had many opportunities to work in schools both here and abroad. We are so grateful that our daughter is able to attend Somerset Elementary. We are constantly in awe of the attention, care, and high expectations of all the teachers and staff. The students, in turn, achieve highly in this kind of nurturing and supportive environment. Thank you, Somerset!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2011

I will have 3 kids at Somerset in the 2011-2012 school year. We are so pleased with the close community feeling, the fantastic teachers, the awesome principal, the many opportunities for academic, musical, and physical fitness growth for our children, and the personal care each member of the staff gives to our children. Thank you Somerset!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

I LOVE this School and everyone in it. Principal and Teachers are always there and make you feel like your child/children are #1. I am a parent volunteer and I no longer have a child that attends Somerset but I still Volunteer there, and I live out of District. Very Welcoming School. I LOVE this place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2003

Great principal and first rate teachers--especially for Special Ed. Small, cute school and all the parents I know are thrilled with the school, too.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
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

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students97%
Female94%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Not migrant97%
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%
Female91%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
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

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%
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 Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant90%

Reading

All Students71%
Female67%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant71%
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 Students88%
Female84%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant88%

Reading

All Students75%
Female76%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant75%
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 78% 73%
Hispanic 14% 7%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 1% 9%
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 16%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1355 Dodd Rd
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
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