Pratt is dedicated to the need of their children. The staff goes above and beyond to make student's successful!
Best Social Worker Ever!!!! The staff really cares about the students! I love what Pratt does!
Pratt community school is trusted throughout a very diverse community. Pratt care's about the community, families, student's and every aspect that affects their students success.
My son attended Pratt from kindergarten through fifth grade. During those years, the school changed from a tiny, very affluent school to a still small, but larger, much more diverse school. This is the best thing that could have happened for my son and the other privileged students at Pratt. He gained so much understanding, compassion and poise from learning with kids from such different backgrounds, and being part of such a close-knit community. Academically, he was able to skip to advanced seventh grade math when he started middle school this year, and placed into the g&t reading and Arabic program as well. I always appreciated how much challenge his excellent teachers were able to provide for my son and the other students who were ahead of the curve. Homework was never an issue-he spent his time in school learning and his time after school playing, which is what is best for elementary age students. I teach AP history at a high school in the suburbs that was named one of the top schools in the nation by Newsweek. I KNOW that my son got a great education at Pratt. He will be well prepared for AP classes in high school. More importantly, he is happy, confident, & socially savvy.
Pratt School has been wonderful for our family. I have two kids in this school now and one who will start in a year. The teachers are top notch, the parents are active and strong, and the student body is richly diverse. Many neighborhood families choose this school and reap the benefits of living in a community lucky enough to have one of the smallest schools in the district. Others choose to drive their kids here to have a small school, diverse educational experience. One of the best schools in MPS!
We have one graduate of Pratt and one child still there. Both attended since kindergarten. The current principal is wonderful. She has attracted, and kept, a wonderful group of teachers. Test scores are very good, when measured against students of similar backgrounds. Our children have been afforded a great academic, cultural, and arts education. Our first child, who has moved on to middle school, tested a grade level ahead in math and into advanced writing in large part because of the instruction and confidence building at Pratt. Our second child is also doing very well. Pratt is a wonderful place where children of all backgrounds learn, play and nurture each other. Our children have received a wonderful multifaceted education.
Clearly the two recent reviews were not from very recent experiences. The school certainly has its share of FRL and ELL, but we love being part of a diverse school. And if we must judge a school on test results my kids are a testament to excellent instruction as they both (current 2nd and 4th) exceed the standards by a huge margin. Every teacher my kids have had has been extremely dedicated, and the principal is a fabulous leader. I can't say enough good things about this school. My kids are getting a high quality education in a school of only 200 students, and at the same time they are learning that not everyone in this world comes from the same culture as they do. Pratt school is a wonderful, nurturing environment in the center of a community that strongly supports it. The classes that have historically had trouble in this school have a direct correlation with the years that MPS has threatened to close it due to it's small size. Those threats resulted in some white flight. Luckily the strong dedicated parents and neighborhood community prevailed and we are well past that threat as the school continues to grow and kids thrive. I highly recommend this school to anyone!
REALLY enjoyed walking to school & connecting with very caring neighbors. Unfortunately, we transferred out in 4th with several neighbors which was gut wrenching & sad! Our 2nd/3rd math was never on level with our MPS peers. Those years are fundamental for math facts as foundation (& reading). Our homework was largely drawing "zinglots" - completing animals from partially provided line drawings. 1/2+ of our daughter's class was not at state standard in math or reading (WPM) and we saw virtually no quantitative measures mid year or specialist intervention. Behavior also needed much improvement! So much that we could identify a Pratt kid. Our daughter is again straight As as she was before and after Pratt. She's also gifted & talented. But it was a long and tough haul emotionally & financially with hard work & determination :) on her part (with SAP math specialist & Dad) to dig her out of partially proficient status The $ cost to us was real in terms of both summer tutors and eventually, alternative private school for middle school years to maintain her confidence. Every transfer should get an exit interview. We never considered Pratt for our 2nd who is highly gifted
Test scores aren't everything. But initially Pratt rivaled Lk Harriet & to date hasn't recovered in scores or GS rating. The 2011 MCAs are welcome sign reaching close to state ave. Unfortunately, Pratt was frought with a passive aggressive principal/vice for many years & thrown into a whirlwind of uncertainty/risk with only the well connected neighborhood to advocate for it. This is its strength & continues to be palpable with strong sense of community. For us the widely variable stats that started to manifest a few years after Pratt opened, as well as comparatively crippled resources,extracurricular and enrichment, had us go right outside the neighborhood to school. There was a very tough period with behavior that the school found itself due to past admin. To make ours sit through that without gauruntee of their education, was not acceptable & ultimately was unfair. Our Pratt experience in 2nd and 3rd put us way behind, & required several hard years getting up to speed as foundation for accelerating math concepts. Hopefully the community will continue pull it through as is its strength. Unfortunately, the cost of inconsistency to our family is much too high.
We moved our son from the Twin Cities German Immersion School to Pratt and we couldn't be happier with our decision. Our son is thriving because he has experienced teachers who know how to challenge him and a warm and loving environment which is largely due to the amazing leadership of the principal Anne Wade and her fantastic staff and teachers who treat children positively by rewarding them for their hard work not with negative consequences under the guise of "Responsive Classroom."
We have a first grader at Pratt and our daughter is learning very well, enjoying the learning, and feels VERY much a part of the Pratt community. This is her school and she is truly part of something special at Pratt. Her teachers have all been very skilled and love all their students. The rest of the staff is responsive and every single person know the kids and watch out for them; we're very happy with our choice.
I am a Pratt alumni and now attend Sanford Middle School. When I started there, I was already over prepared and have made it onto the A honor role every quarter. I think that what led to my success in middle school has been my time at Pratt. All the teachers were caring and challenged my greatly. I would recommend Pratt as a number 1 choice to any parent with an elementary school age child.
I am a parent who has a child in first grade and in our observation, Pratt teachers are extremely caring and involved with the kids. Our child comes home happy and excited about things he learns on any given day. Staff appears to know every single kid by name and general environment at the school is very warm and happy. This is a gem of a school which caters to kids from different socio-economic background and diverse racial profiles. Test scores are a really poor way of deciding on the school if you don't pay attention to the kids being served and how (in many cases dramatically) they may improve over the time spent with excellent, well-qualified and caring teachers at this school. I strongly encourage prospective parents to pay a visit. Pratt is located in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city and gets great support from it.
I hardly ever look at these sites, so kind of funny I saw the latest 2 reviews. I have an alum of Pratt. I think both Sept 23 and one immediately after are true. Prospect Park in general has a great community feeling and that IS reflected in its jewel -Pratt. I think after 8 years or so of running things, though, there can be a good hard look at what works and what doesn't. Alls I can say is after enrolling in another school, my daughter really suffered setback from all the lack of things mentioned in Sept. 23. The neighborhood component IS great, but spartan resources/comaprable programs and behavior issues does leave some to be desired. I don't think Pratt knows how rich it could be! I do agree, past prinicpal was damaging to neighborhood and school, and new one pulled in. Everyone wants the best for Pratt.
The post from Sept. 23, 2008 seems curious given that Pratt has a new principal this year. The principal has shown great leadership in the short time she has been in place. I am a parent of a first grader. From my perspective, this year is going very well. We have a great new art teacher, and our music program, which is being provided by an artist-in-residence, is fabulous. My child has a science educator coming to her classroom every week. The teaching staff is strong at all grade levels. Pratt remains a small school with a great community feeling.
My son came as a first grader and is now in fifth. Our daughter is in second. The kids know each other across grade levels and adults (many parents in the school at drop-off and pick-up, as well as staff) know the kids' names, even ones who are not in class with yours. Encouragement and 'be nice' reminders give an overall sense of caring watchfulness.
It's an outstanding school -- our daughter has been very, very happy there and its academic credentials are some of the best in the state.
Pratt school is a wonderful, close-knit neighborhood school. Our 2 kids have extremely caring and professional teachers and specialists (music, art, gym, etc.). I appreciate how the teachers challenge my kids, tailoring work to meet their level of academic achievement.
Pratt is a great elementary school with a highly involved community, dedicated staff, and rigorous academic standards. And their afterschool program is wonderful!
If you are looking for a Minneapolis Public School where your child will get individual attention and won't be lost in a crowd this is the school for you. Pratt's small student body means smaller class sizes and a very involved staff and faculty. I'm amazed when I bring my kindergartner to school and all the staff and teachers we meet in the hall greet her individually by name. Pratt has a wonderful community feel to it, and you can't beat the high academic test scores - higher than nearly every other MPS.
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