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Armatage Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 523 students

 
 

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Posted October 16, 2013

We selected this school because of the "work at your own pace" philosophy, however, the work is just not challenging for above average and motivated kids. Yes the parents are involved but very cliquey. If you're not an upper middle class white family, forget about it, your views aren't welcome. God forbid you have a disability. The principal is difficult to deal with. This might be a great school if you are white, upper middle class and have kids of average abilities. Anybody else should look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

Our family has been extremely happy with Armatage! We have had 1 girl graduate and the 2nd is starting her last year. The Montessori style of education really teaches critical thinking and accountability. My eldest daughter credits her time at Armatage for her success in middle school and feels she has an edge at organizing and is confident due to the Montessori technique. The teachers are smart and caring, the parents are involved and inclusive, and the building is safe with all doors locked and a camera at the entrance. My experience with the principal, Joan Franks is that she listens, cares, and runs a "tight ship."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

I have a Kindergartener and fourth grade student in this school. I agree with the other reviewers that the teachers and parental involvement in this school is amazing and what makes it a very special place. The administration has done an excellent job in creating and nurturing a calm and creative working environment for all students. We are very fortunate to have such a great school in Southwest Minneapolis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

We have a Kindergatener at this school. The teachers are fantastic, engaged, energetic. The principal is delightful. The parental involvement with this school is amazing - nothing bad to say. Wonderful place.Montessori also allows your child to grow at their own pace and can excel past 'normal' grade level standards. Also is helpful for children who may be a bit behind in some areas because everyone is working on their own projects and work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

We are the parents of a kindergartener and so thrilled to be a part of the Montessori program. Way to go Armatage!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

My kindergartener loves to go to school every weekday morning and that says a lot. The teacher is very involved and communicates very well with me and my child. We think the principle is very involved as well, which seems good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

We've been very happy with our choice to have our children attend Armatage Montessori. All her teachers have been tremendous. The teachers are very accessible and do a great job communicating with parents and tailoring the program to your child. Parent involvement is strong. The demand for the school is booming and they were able to create two new classes this year so class sizes didn't get large. We looked at schools with 'nicer' facilities but liked the smaller class sizes, full day kindergarten, and Montessori approach. A big bonus is the in-class bathrooms/sinks. The principal has started the process to be a School of Excellence too. My daughter loves the MPLS kids after school program and begs to go there on release days. The program provides access to the computer lab, homework help, arts & crafts, nature hikes, athletics, etc. The attached community center also offers sports programs (soccer, baseball,etc.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2007

In general it is a good school, with tremendous parent involvement. The principal, Joan Franks, however is very difficult to work with. She has a poor reputation in the district for her support of special needs children and their parents. She feels that she should treat every child the same. The staff is well meaning with special needs kids but are not very experienced and there is minimal support offered. If your children have special needs I would look at a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

Armatage is a great school! I know they are working on their National School of Excellence award. The parents seem really involved. The principle is awesome! It is however, in the Mpls. public school district. They try to be diverse but, focus on the African-American culture. I have never seen my daughter come home with any info about a person in history other than Martin Luther King JR. They sang the African national anthem at a music program ( they don't sing the American National anthem ). In December the only info about holidays the kids got info on Kwanza. These are all good things for kids to learn but, focussing on African- American culture is not being diverse. Everything else is great! If I had decided to continue with the public school system ( which I'm not ), I would defiantly choose Armatage! It excels other schools in the district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

Armatage Community & Montessori K-5 offers two great programs in one school. The Community program offers an open style elementary program and the Montessori program offers a great, certified public Montessori school. Evey classroom offers a natural source of light and a bathroom. Each students also has music, art, technology, media and physical education every week. The school offers a vibrant, involved parent community and many activities for the children. Onsite, after school childcare programs are offered on site until 6pm. A Spanish program is also offered after school twice a week. Our family has been very happy with the school, it's administration and teachers and the quality of the education my children are receiving. Armatage has children from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Each child receives a great education from caring teachers and is encouraged to work up to their potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2004

I'ts a great school my son has learn alot he had a great teacher and i tink that having small class size it a great thing for students becouse they learn more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

We love the Montessori program at Armatage, although nearly every teacher in the school is committed and terrific. Parent involvement is really high and the PTA just keeps bringing in great ideas.
—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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
79%

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 69% in 2010.

59 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

56 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%
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 Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
Black71%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Economically non-disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant86%
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 Students86%
Female92%
Male78%
Black63%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Economically non-disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant86%
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 Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
Black79%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Economically non-disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Non-migrant94%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

96 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

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

79 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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
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

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Economically non-disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant83%

Reading

All Students75%
Female79%
Male72%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-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

Math

All Students71%
Female71%
Male72%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant71%

Reading

All Students70%
Female73%
Male66%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Economically non-disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-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 Students74%
Female69%
Male78%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant74%

Reading

All Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant81%

Science

All Students80%
Female81%
Male78%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 74%
Black 22% 9%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Asian 4% 6%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Joan Franks
Fax number
  • (612) 668-3190

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