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1200 Broadway South
Rochester, MN 55904

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September 17, 2015
Starting with the interior part of the school, the classes are very easy to find and 3 minutes is more than enough to cross from one side of the school to the other. Despite looking small on the outside, the inside boasts a large gym, spacious classrooms, and a well stocked and peaceful library. The students all know each other and the class sizes are good. The different teachers have varying teaching styles. Some have a direct and simple approach and analyze why something important & connecting to other topics. One method that was excellent is mini projects using the iPads (most tech in the district! 1:1 tech and allowing gum teaches kids responsibility). The students are affable and teachers don't let students give up. Lastly, the lunch food promotes healthy eating and is of higher quality than more than a Few elementary schools,

- submitted by a student

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.

- submitted by a community member

February 05, 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

February 02, 2012
Friedell is a really good school. I am going there now, and I love everything about it!

- submitted by a community member

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

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

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

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!

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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
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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

May 04, 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
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March 30, 2009
I actually look forward to going to school!

- submitted by a student

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

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

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

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

June 07, 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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Friedell Middle School
1200 Broadway South, Rochester, MN  55904
(507) 328-5650
Last modified Friedell Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Friedell Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top