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.
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.
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.
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.
Already fantastic school w/ so much more potential! I am fortunate to have my daughter attending.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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