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Burroughs Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 785 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted May 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 1, 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


Posted October 4, 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


Posted April 2, 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.


Posted October 3, 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


Posted May 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 6, 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


Posted March 1, 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


Posted October 1, 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


Posted 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


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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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

144 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

121 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learners42%
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant92%
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 Students81%
Female82%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners33%
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant81%
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 Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learners40%
Proficient in English93%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%
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 Students82%
Female81%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant82%

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant77%
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 Students84%
Female84%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant84%

Reading

All Students78%
Female81%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant78%
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%
Female75%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners27%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant75%

Reading

All Students75%
Female75%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant75%

Science

All Students73%
Female69%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant73%
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 81% 73%
Hispanic 9% 7%
Black 6% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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