I am so sad about this. My son went to the sister school, Wenonah for k-2nd grade and we LOVED it. He moved to Keewaydin in 3rd grade and that was not great. That's too young to be in a building with middle schoolers. Now this year in 4th, he's been beaten up twice by two different kids at school and I cannot even get the principal or behavior deans to bother with a phone call back.
Reading the reviews, I thought I'd chime in, now that I've had a child there since 2012. He loves his teachers and the topics they cover in class, especially Social Studies and Language Arts. I feel informed with what he covers in class and receive check-in calls (both negative and positive--depending on the behavior of my son) fairly often. However, he is continually frustrated by a few different students in his grade. From the sounds of it, they can do whatever they want. They are sent out of the classroom, only to return the very next hour with the same behavior. In terms of building management and behavior, there's definitely something missing here.
I am amazed that there's a 5 star rating by parents, but if they've never had their kids in a school that teaches children then they wouldn't know. This school is very agreeable in terms of the building, the staff and the other parents. For the most part it's a pleasant atmosphere. It's a great place to day care your kids when you're at school HOWEVER the school doesn't start until nearly 10am. "It's a challenge for working parents", said one teacher. So only half of us work and pay extremely high taxes to make up for those who do not. This school has no academics and the test score speak for themselves. It's a glorified day care center and everyone is nice. The lunch program is horrible, especially if you pay for it. I feel terribly sorry for kids hoping to succeed in this school. I feel worse for the parents who pay taxes in the neighborhood and expect their tax money is going to an "education." We moved out of district due to the poor scholarship. I don't know what those teachers are teaching. We never figured it out. It's at least 2 years behind in instruction from those schools in the suburbs. Maybe even three.
I have two children in the school. Both are in very different places academically and I couldn't be more pleased with their education. My son has some special education requirements and the level of support he receives is wonderful. The specialists work closely with his teacher so that he doesn't miss out in important classroom instructions. The staff are very warm and supportive and my son has made great achievements with their help. My daughter is an advanced learner and is encouraged to strive for her best. I love that the students are together from k-8. It allows the students and families to develop strong bonds with others in the school. The staff do a wonderful job in transitioning the students from the lower campus and the upper campus. It was a seamless transition for both of our children. I also think the staff and principals are amazing. I love this school and highly recommend it to anyone who asked. For middle school parents the class sizes are very small and the students are very sheltered comapred to Sanford. There may not be as many extra circular activities availalbe but the atmosphere is well worth it.
Keewaydin--like its lower campus sibling, Wenonah--is a great school. The teachers are caring and talented, and the principal is awesome. The school has a nice, diverse student population, and my daughter loves it there. We moved from the suburbs, where she had attended a school that had every bell and whistle, and we were a bit apprehensive, at first, about the Lake Nokomis Community School (LNCS). But we're really happy with the education our kids are receiving. With the upcoming addition to Keewaydin, I predict that both schools will finally begin to receive the credit they have long deserved.
This little single story structure near a lake is a real gem. Top notch caring teachers. Stage zero school that has closed the achievement gap is arguably one of the best lower elementary schools in Minneapolis.
Teachers and Principal are top notch, students completely respect them. Lots of great parental involvement and a bunch of great kids. My Daughter is excelling here, with the great support of staff and extra curricular activities. Needs more sporting teams/Parent Volunteers to help coach these kids.