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Whittier International

Public | K-5 | 638 students

 

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Posted September 12, 2013

I am a tutor at Whittier and have always been positively impressed with the capabilities and dedication of the staff. The students are lucky to be able to attend this school.


Posted September 11, 2013

Whittier is a fantastic school - don't let the 2/10 rating scare you from considering this school for your child. My kids are getting a rigorous education and surrounded by diversity and global thinkers. They are taught to question - not memorize. Great PTA and parents care and engage. Promotes tolerance and that there is more than one way to approach life - Whittier is a gem in MPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2013

I can't believe GreatSchools gives Whittier a 2/10. That is ridiculous. This school has stolen my heart. My kindergartner loves to go to school every day and has really thrived in the IB environment that focuses on the "why" behind what they learn. I'd choose it over the "good" schools like Lake Harriet and Burroughs again in a heart beat. It does not have the high-powered PTA of those other schools with so many parents with extra time and money, but there is a strong PTA and an excellent school-family liaison on staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

Fantastic school, supportive teachers and active parent community. Don't let the Great Schools rating worry you - this school is amazing and the IB curriculum is a huge win. My kids are learning to be critical thinkers - not just memorizing for the tests. Super open-minded environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Already fantastic school w/ so much more potential! I am fortunate to have my daughter attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Great school with a majority of the teachers having pride in their craft, multicultural student body, and parents that are interested in their children and school. The IB curriculum is a plus which not only makes parents and kids stay on their toes, but teachers too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Great teachers and staff, great program, great parent support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

It is a multi-cultural school with multi-lingual kids and staff that does a great job of keeping the kids learning about our world.


Posted May 28, 2009

Whittier is one of the only truely diverse schools in the Minneapolis School district with a primary IB program that offers student a world view to teach them to learn and become world citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

We are very happy having our first-grader at Whittier (she also had an excellent kindergarden teacher). The inquiry-based IB curriculum is a real asset, and allows students to see the world differently. The teachers are great, and the student body is very diverse, a real plus for us. They also have Spanish-speaking interns and a strong art and music connection to local organizations such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Children's Theater, and MacPhail Center for the Arts. The building is big, open, and sunny too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

My son is in kindergarten at Whittier, and we just love it. The sense of community that the school fosters is appreciated by myself and all the families, and the IB approach is rigorous and sensitive at the same time. I love the diversity of the school as well. I'm really excited about having my children go to Whittier for many years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

I have one going into 3rd grade ane one going into Kindergarten. I love that there is an African American female principal and also teachers of color - I think it is great for students to see people of color in positive leadership roles. I love the diversity, the free after school programs and the emphasis on teaching the WHOLE child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2004

I have a 3rd and 1st grader at this school. I really enjoy the school alot because of there programs. My 3rd grader loves playing the piano and the idea of this school having this piano program available to them at a young age is great because it strengthen there abilities in learning and a person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2003

I am a parent of a first grader, and so far I am very impressed. I think this is a wonderful school that caters to children of all backgrounds! I Like the emphasis on the Arts, and how it is incorporated into the daily activities. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I have a 4th and a 2nd Grader in this School this year. Both my children just love this school, and so do I.The teachers are just wonderful.
—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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
8%
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 Students58%
Female48%
Male67%
Black49%
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners42%
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant58%
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 Students45%
Female54%
Male37%
Black41%
Hispanic22%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English63%
Not migrant45%
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 Students58%
Female54%
Male63%
Black54%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant58%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
30%
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 Students62%
Female54%
Male71%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners43%
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant62%

Reading

All Students48%
Female43%
Male52%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant48%
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 Students34%
Female33%
Male35%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities40%
English language learners18%
Proficient in English46%
Not migrant34%

Reading

All Students37%
Female36%
Male38%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners17%
Proficient in English50%
Not migrant37%
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 Students42%
Female45%
Male38%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners15%
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant42%

Reading

All Students44%
Female49%
Male39%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners16%
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant44%

Science

All Students28%
Female31%
Male26%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic6%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities35%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English50%
Not migrant28%
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
Black 35% 9%
White 31% 73%
Hispanic 28% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Two or more races 1% 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 64%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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315 West 26th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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