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Minneapolis, MN
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1601 West 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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April 13, 2015
I have two children at Burroughs and I could not be more thrilled. One of my children had been struggling academically at another school and once they got to Burroughs they flourished. The teachers are fantastic! They look for the strengths each child has and then use those to build on areas where they may struggle. They are also teaching to give back with community service projects. The teachers and administration are very effective with dealing with behaviors and guiding the children to make good choices. In past experiences I had found that some other schools in the district have so much behavior that the teaching can lose focus and struggling children end up getting all the attention. This is not the case at Burroughs. They have high expectations for their students both socially and academically, and the students live up to those expectations. A top-notch school all around!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2015
Excellent school. I have 2 daughters that attended. My oldest in in college now and the discipline she started to develop at Burroughs has made her college transition a breeze. Tim Cadotte, the Principal, has established a clear vision and this school sets high standards. It is not a school for children (or parents) that do not believe in, or are unable to, put time into projects that need to accomplished outside of school. Luckily, there are several great schools in the area that provide that type of environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2014
My experience at Burroughs was horrific. I was bullied to an extreme but the school couldn't care less. In fact some teachers even made it worse by enabling the students. The administration was the worst part I was threatened on more then one occasion that I they would make it so I wouldn't be able to go to school anywhere. The teaching methods are just flawed they focus on test scores. They don't nurture the students intelligence in fact they suppress it. Don't send your children here and don't listen to other reviews they are just controlling parents. Which are another big drawback of the school.

- submitted by a community member
October 22, 2014
Who gives a low rating for a school that is too "academic based". I dont send my child to school to play or to be babied. I play with and baby my son at home. I crave a school that challenges my child academically, teaches my child to walk silently though the halls, to line up his wet boots in the hallway. Who doesnt want their child to be taught that they are held to a high standard. If this is what Burroughs is then I am glad that this is my first choice school for my son next year.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2014
Burroughs Elementary is a great school for upper middle class kids who have parents who want to push them beyond what's necessary or helpful in early elementary school. Long worksheets and pages and pages of homework most every night seem a bit ridiculous in early grades. Young kids actually learn quite a bit just by playing and interacting with other kids. There is very little time for even a break during the day at Burroughs. The rigidity suits the administration and similarly inclined parents there, but if you want your child to have a learning experience that is more balanced, wholistic, thinking-based instead of rigid rote learning-based experience, then Burroughs is NOT for you.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
great school for upper middle class white kids with a stay-at-home parent who can volunteer every week. Way too rigid and NO focus on the individual child. they are strict about teaching kids how to test well. it has made my child really stressed and frustrated. i am so disappointed. I feel bad for the teachers because I think many of them are great, but can't step outside the "program" and help each child learn to their own abilities. and the parents.... YIKES! So much pressure and over-indulging. Let the teachers do their jobs and shut up already. The school has more money than 2 other schools in MPLS combined. Enough with the fundraising! Jeez.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
We have 1st and 3rd Grade boys at Burroughs and couldn't be happier. The teachers are committed and sincerely care about the children. The parent community is amazing and very invested in the success of the school. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
I am extremely dissatisfied with this school. The staff was completely unresponsive and not well-versed at working with children as unique individuals. Conformity is good to a degree, but not when it belittles, betrays trust, and creates defiance and hostility. I felt this school was not equipped to reach my child, and that this past school year was a waste of time for everyone involved. We will not be returning in the fall, and I would not recommend this school if you are searching for a place that nurtures, respects, and fosters growth in learning.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2011
Burroughs has been a wonderful school for our twin boys for the past five years. Tim Cadotte, the principal, provides top-notch leadership and really cares about educating the kids. The teachers are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2010
My child is in 1st grade and I have to say I am really impressed. There is a traditional academic base, but with a lot of emphasis on creativity. There is a willingness to work with parents, in fact parents are expected to get involved. This is a very fun and open school, and what a gorgeous building! The only downside is that classes are very large in the lower grades, but my child's teacher has no problems with it. After a few years of the recent changes that may change. My child loves going to school!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
Highly focused on academics, but I've never seen a stressful atmosphere as described. Great teachers, great principal, and a lot of parent involvement make this school wonderful. We couldn't imagine sending out children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2010
Burroughs school has an outwardly "open" environment, but once you are inside, it is entirely different. Stressful atmosphere for my child; boots must be lined up perfectly in the hallways, children must walk silently in the hallways, and an overwhelming focus on academics. If your child is different, especially academically or emotionally, this is not the right school.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
Huge academic focus. Strong principal leadersip. Very strong parental involvement - some teachers may lament 'too strong'. The specialty programs are first rate. This is a private school education at a public school price.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
The teachers make learning fun and who else has their music teaching playing the accordion in the lobby every morning when they come to school. Rock and roll at the end of the year!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
I am a grand parent who is very involved with my grand children. I have been very impressed with every aspect of our grandson's experience at Burroughs. He was having some problems at a private school and has advanced in several subjects. We are very impressed with his growth and development through his experience at burroughs.

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2008
This school is phenominal. We have been delighted and amazed by the quality of teachers, the facility, the curriculum, and the overall feeling of community and involvement of parents. We can't imagine a better place for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
I must take issue with the previous submission. I have had children in the school since 1995 to the present, and one of the things my wife and I have always appreciated is the safe, all inclusive environment created for all kids regardless of race, religion, economic status, or where the children live. Our experience with the teachers has been simply extraordinary in every situation. All kids are treated with care and respect, and those that need more personalized attention will receive it. I can attest to this because my child has benefitted from this. My personal opinion is that it is a gift that will pay dividends for a lifetime for the kids that are able to attend Burroughs.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
Burroughs is a great school for upper middle class white kids. Unfortunately, the school and community are not very tolerant or supportive of different races, religions, or sexual preferences (see previous posting.) From an academic standpoint, there is a huge focus on reading and math. Anything to increase those scores! Socially, I wam looking for a more open- minded environment in the next school we choose. ces/ religions/ sexual prefernces.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2008
Why does principal Tim Cadotte want to expose our young children to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) curriculam that Hale school is considering and possibly implementing? Is this a necessary program and worth tax payer dollars? I would rather see money spent on better programs.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
I went there in the 80's and my daughter goes there now. There's no better school as far as I'm concerned. GREAT Principal in Tim Cadotte!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2008
This is a fabulous school! Oftentimes I walk my 3rd grader to her class, and we are immediately greeted by music played the music teacher on various instruments on different days. All through the school teachers are stationed in specific spots in hallways to greet the students. The kids get a very positive experience 1st thing in the morning. I always come away from there with a smile on my face. I have had interaction with the pricipal for many years now, and I can say he is an intelligent, very caring individual, whose primary concern is the well being of all the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 01, 2007
I am a Burroughs parent of children both of which have educational issues. They don't fit what some people may consider the 'average'. I have found the administration, teachers and support staff overwhelmingly adaptable. The many accommodations that have created have been above and beyond what any family could expect. Burroughs holds high expectations for the peace, safety and nurturing environment. All of the teachers are of the highest professional quality. I am grateful we have a school in our neighborhood that feels like a family for our third child. Thank you Burroughs staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2007
Burroughs has not disappointed me. Ii is a wonderful school with great leadership and teachers. My daughter has Mr. Sam larsen in 2nd grade- she calls him magical. He truly upholds his class to high academic standards. I hope we have teachers of his quality all thorugh her school years. Unfortunately, due to overall reduced funding to schools in the City of Minneapolis class sizes and extra-curricular activities have taken a hit.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2005
Burroughs is a very good school with great parent involvement. Many parents in the area have the option to send their kids to private schools, yet choose to send them to Burroughs. If the class sizes were kept under better control, I would give an even higher rating.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2005
My child is entering the fifth grade this fall. So far our experience at Burroughs has been good. Our teachers have been good to outstanding. The facility is beautiful, and the parent community is strong and active. One of the best public elementary schools in Minneapolis.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Burroughs is a great school! I have had three children there the past eleven years and I couldn't be happier with their elementary education. We have never pushed for any certain teachers for our children and have been delighted with every one of our childrens' teachers. The style of teaching is fairly traditional with a classroom orientation, however teachers do work in teams to teach certain areas where the children move to different classrooms. There is tremendous parental involvement which enriches the school with additional arts, music and other programs. Test scores are high and our children have been prepared well for middle school and high school. This is probably why students have transferred into Burroughs from surrounding private schools and suburban schools. If you desire a school that stresses basic elementary education along with art, music and phy ed you will most likely love Burroughs Community School.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
Burroughs has a beautiful new building and three terrific teachers, Mrs. Fee, Mr. Janssen, Mr. Peterson, with the rest being average to awful. School has lots of parent involvement and is not a bad school. I would strongly caution any parents who are not looking for a very traditional, rigid environment, because that's what you get at Burroughs. And if your child has any learning difficulties (not requiring special ed, but some difficulties) Burroughs will not be particularly helpful. There are many other schools where creativity and flexibility are more valued than at Burroughs!

- submitted by a parent

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Burroughs Elementary School
1601 West 50th St, Minneapolis, MN  55419
(612) 668-3280
Last modified Burroughs Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Burroughs Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top