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Friedell Middle School

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Posted August 22, 2014

Friedell is a nice environment for kids that are socially "awkward" but not for bullies. Bullying is taken very seriously in this school but it is somewhat unfair to those who joke around about those kind of things. The counselors are horrible, the teachers are okay, and the principal is awesome ! The education is fantastic for smart kids but somewhat unfair to those who struggle in school . This school could improve but overall it okay. P.S. kids that go here get bullied for going to friedell by kids that go to different middle schools. NOT OKAY.


Posted February 5, 2014

The teachers and counselors stay in touch with me and let me know what Matt has due and if he has any missing assignments. They are great about checking in with my son, but also expect him to be a responsible student and to take initiative to do what is expected of him that is within the parameters of his abilities. He has significant ADHD and executive functioning challenges with co-existing depression/anxiety. It may be beneficial to have organization and planning small groups for those children who struggle with executive functioning skills. Other than that, I have no recommendations as to how to improve, I have confidence in the skills they have as professionals and the genuine desire they have to help students grow and learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

This school is going to be harder and harder to get into given it's excellent and well deserved reputation. I would recommend this be a model for other middle schools that are struggling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

Friedell is a really good school. I am going there now, and I love everything about it!


Posted January 30, 2012

I had one child go three years at this school and it was a good experience for him. No-it is not perfect but no schools are. I now have two other kids attending this school. This is their 2nd year and so far it has been nothing but wonderful. Great Principal and great staff. So glad I chose this school for all of my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

Think twice and really do your homework. Communication Poor. Many parents have concerns but do not want to say anything. It is hard to get direct answers. Some teachers do what they want and the rules change and when I ask we are told to ask our child. It seems like a run-a-round and confusing. In the books there is swearing and violence and some books describe blood events in details. Maybe we should say something, but maybe just count the days until it (school) is over. I don't know, but it seems like the principal has little leadership and the teachers control the school. The positive is that some teachers like to teach and like their job. I would think again about this option. My friends say that other middle schools in town are not like this and that teachers are open to everyone's questions and want to the students to succeed, that rules and expectations are clear and positive. Some teachers here are like this, but most not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

Not up to par with the expectations of a highly gifted school. No transparency. Teachers can and do change rules and expectations at will. Parents need to stay on top of assignments and search for information as it may or may not be readily available. Conferences-everyone meets in gym and waits in line to talk to teachers. The message is that the students/parents are here for the teachers instead of the teachers being here for the students. Teachers not like being questioned. A lot of weird reading material and many hours spent on topics such as racism and prejudice. Books and movies have a negative twist and dark themes. Some teachers rude and "edgy", disrespectful to students. You get a check mark if you forget a book. At random, it was changed to a check writing system. If you get caught, you MAY have to write a check. If the teacher does not catch you or wants to overlook it, you do not get a check. Seems unfair, like some kids get caught a lot and others rarely do. What is this teaching the students? Parents need to communicate to administration about these things. Incoming 6th grade, Beware! Be involved. Ask questions.Stand for no more gore, violence, profanity. Act!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

We have had kids at Friedell for 3 years now and I can't say enough good things about it. The small size and family atmosphere set it apart for the others. Not to mention the principal, teachers, and academics. I would not hesitate to recommend this school. We tried Willow Creek first and it was miserable for my son. We LOVE Friedell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

I absolutely LOVE this school. I have learned so much and have had so many friends and such fun times. I wish i could stay here AFTER 8th grade. It's the best I've ever been to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2009

My son has been going to this school for one year. I do believe the teachers are very good. They are willing to help the students after school. As far as your child having a 504 or IEP you will have to stay on top of things. It is totally different from elementary as far as getting them to follow the 504 or IEP. My son has done very well socially because of the smallness of this school. I am glad we made this choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2009

I am currently a student of Friedell Middle School, and I feel that changing from a regular, easy-going elementary school to a challenging middle school is a great step, but the staff and teachers help you from where you need improvement. It is like taking steps upstairs, except they let you leap instead of walk.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2009

I actually look forward to going to school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2008

My student has been very happy at Friedell. The smaller size of the school contributes to a friendly and tight-knit atmosphere. The teachers, staff, and administration are caring and dedicated. I am so happy that we're not at a large middle school where a student can simply get lost in the crowd. Each student is an individual and is important. The teachers at Friedell have been trained in differentiated instruction to meet the needs of students at all levels -- especially those who need more challenge. If you need to be convinced, come and visit the school at the end of the day when class is letting out and watch the teachers line up and wave good-bye to the students as the buses drive away!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

I have had a son in Friedell for 3 years and it has been a great struggle to get the school to communicate with me when issues arise. Conversations with teachers and the principles have not yielded any results. As a father of a child growing up in a split family it makes me sad so see how the role of the father in a childs upbringing is minimized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

Small is good. My children really know the other children and the teachers and vice versa. I sense there is a little less than average negative behavior because it cannot be anonymous in such a setting. The staff is incredibly dedicated. They are willing to take on extra education and tasks to meet the needs of the students. The school has a new gifted school-with-a-school program that I have high hopes for. They are doing a nice job of both challenging those students while not isolating them. Even though middle school parent involvement is typically lower than grade school, I think a fair number of parents are involved at school with some aspect of volunteering. Being smaller, there might be fewer extra-curriculars but they still have chess, ski club, a play, jazz band, a drumming group, are forming an art club and maybe more not on my radar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

The teachers on staff are amazing and dedicated to their craft. They took on the task of developing a curriculmn for students that are 1.5+ above their grade level. The school is known throughout the district for its small commumity atmosphere, resources for students with special needs and open minded thinking on how students learn. The art, music, chess and math clubs are wildly attended by students. Sport teams are organized each year with high student participation. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer in many areas of the school. The school office and maintenance staff are just as dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2004

If your child is at or above grade level in all subjects, this school is adequate. If your child needs any special help or assistance with any subject, I do not recommend this school! Our child has learning disabilities in math and science and has truly suffered for lack of support and attention. She has been regularly told she is not working hard enough, when she is really confused about the subject matter. It has been a very difficult experience for her and for us. Efforts on my part to communicate with her teachers has been frustrating at best. Offers to volunteer or help at the school have been ignored. We are disappointed in all respects with Friedell.
—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 69% in 2010.

143 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

158 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
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 64% in 2010.

127 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

143 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%
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 59% in 2010.

91 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

141 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

128 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
Black50%
Hispanic92%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners58%
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant86%
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 Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
Black52%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant86%
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 Students85%
Female86%
Male85%
Black68%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant85%
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 57% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
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 56% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%
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 59% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%
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 Students78%
Female84%
Male71%
Black58%
Asian89%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant78%

Reading

All Students81%
Female85%
Male75%
Black74%
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Not migrant81%
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 Students79%
Female76%
Male82%
Black46%
Asian83%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners40%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant79%

Reading

All Students73%
Female71%
Male74%
Black39%
Asian87%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners10%
Proficient in English77%
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

Math

All Students76%
Female75%
Male77%
Black42%
Asian90%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners10%
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant76%

Reading

All Students77%
Female85%
Male68%
Black32%
Asian90%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant77%

Science

All Students67%
Female61%
Male74%
Black30%
Asian80%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant67%
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 62% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 6%
Black 10% 9%
Hispanic 8% 7%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 27%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Gifted specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

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  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

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  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Monica Bowler
Fax number
  • (507) 328-5635

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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