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Central Park Elementary School

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Posted August 3, 2014

Terrible. My daughter went here for summer school only. My daughter, who generally likes school refused to go. After much pressing, she told me all the class did was fight, the teacher never taught, and kids bullied her. I can just imagine if she went year-round..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

I am a semi retired social worker and sub teacher who works with the Karen children. I don't have contact with the staff at Central Park. My concern is that so many of the Karen kids I know have terrible spelling and English skills! Many have been here for 5 to 6 years now. They should know the "silent e " rule for sure! A 12 year old I know quite well there, doesn't know multiplication yet! Hardly a one! He doesn't strike me as mentally disabled at all. I don't feel they should be in all Karen classes for more than 2 years after they arrive in the US. How can someone be in an English school for 5 or 6 years and say " My brother and ther friens"? Of course they speak to each other in their own language all day. They need to be divided up and held to higher standards! Why aren't more of them going to Parkview? As to parent involvement, many parents don't speak English, have younger kids at home and don't have cars.


Posted March 25, 2014

If I could give zero strars I would. My son has autism and many other disorders and was placed into this school as the district said it was the most capable to assist with his special needs. At every turn we have received resistance and they refuse to help. They state they have no other kids like ours and they will work on it. This school cannot support special needs and does not care about special needs students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

My children attended this school years ago and we always loved this school as our neighborhood school. Then three years ago my grandson started Kindergarten here and this year another grandson began kindergarten. We have had the most wonderful experience with all of the staff. The teachers and principal are some of the most caring professionals meeting the challenges of this century. As a former teacher, I volunteer at the school often and I would encourage anyone to go and visit the school or even better volunteer and you would want your child to be a part of this environment. The world is changing and this school is definitely teaching our grandchildren what it is like to live peacefully together with people of all backgrounds. It makes me sad also when gossip starts going on in neighborhoods. I think that everyone needs to think for themselves on what they want for their children. I would highly recommend this school to everyone.


Posted June 5, 2012

The reviews on here make me really sad, and could not be farther from the truth. I enrolled my daughter in Central Park knowing full well the challenges talked about in a fews of the reviews. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the staff and teachers at this school. They are passionate, hard working and genuinely care about the kids. The principal knows almost every child by name when she see s them in the halls. Yes,there is a large minority population. So what?? Welcome to life people.. the world has a big minority population. These kids are wonderful, respectful and so kind. I am on the PTA, and very involved in many aspects of this school. If you have concerns about test scores that really have no bearing on what is really happening with in the walls, go and tour the school yourself, talk to other parents whose children attend and didn't run because of a few refugees who go to school there. Look beyond the surface, and make your own opinion. Central Park Elementary is not going downhill.. it is changing for the better, and is truly a wonderful neighborhood school. I'm proud my daughter goes there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

This school has changed vastly over the past 5-10 years. When I was a student here, the majority of the teachers were enthusiastic, well-focused, and had a clear direction. As the other reviewers have shown, this is no longer the case. The school's minority population has increased a ton since I last attended. This isn't a bad thing, but as the other reviewer noted, this gives the school no clear direction. This school was once terrific, but I hear more and more horror stories mount as the years go by. Stay away.


Posted August 3, 2009

As a former student here ,I had peace of mind knowing I could send my own child to this school with great expectations of a well rounded student.Unfortanataly ,I have been disappointed time and time again with these last two years. Ranging from my child being bullied to the same problems mention in the two comment s.The problem with the bully really put me in a tailspin, as it would with any caring parent. I had a child crying minutes before school because of a bully in her class. This is going to happen sometime in their youth, I knew this, but the way it was handled from us directly talking to the teacher and principal was to simple unexcuseable.The teacher and more importantly the principal were absolutely useless . What I pulled a way from that experience was that your child is on it's own in that school.BEWARE .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2007

The Principal is divisive towards parents and the staff. There's several good teachers, but they lack motivation or direction. Central Park used to be a wonderful school, with strong participation from the teachers, staff and parents. Sadly, that's not the case anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2007

Test scores have plummeted due to a transition to a more challenging population of families. The population on free and reduced lunch and minority students has greatly increased. While a diverse population can be a rewarding experience, the challenge of educating the new students has caused a shift in the goals of the school. There are no goals to raise the scores of children who meet or exceed standards. The goals are only on bringing up the scores of children from the underachieving families. Central Park hasn t had a functional Gifted and Talented program for the past two school years. Central Park has very limited parent involvement and the PTA has little support from the school staff. Central Park talks about embracing diversity, but the school immediately bans anything they think will offend even one person.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
68%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
24%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students47%
Female51%
Male43%
Black50%
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learners15%
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant47%
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 Students62%
Female60%
Male63%
Black47%
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners45%
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant62%
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 Students60%
Female46%
Male72%
Black47%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners10%
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant60%
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 Students53%
Female55%
Male51%
Black75%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners15%
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant53%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
36%
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 57% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%
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 Students41%
Female46%
Male33%
Black71%
Asian4%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant41%

Reading

All Students32%
Female40%
Male22%
Black42%
Asian9%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities33%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English47%
Not migrant32%
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 Students38%
Female35%
Male41%
Black28%
Asian27%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities39%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English56%
Not migrant38%

Reading

All Students36%
Female32%
Male40%
Black44%
Asian20%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant36%
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 Students33%
Female33%
Male34%
Black28%
Asian27%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities33%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English43%
Not migrant33%

Reading

All Students38%
Female41%
Male32%
Black39%
Asian28%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English50%
Not migrant38%

Science

All Students36%
Female35%
Male38%
Black28%
Asian23%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English48%
Not migrant36%
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 Students23%
Female7%
Male37%
Black19%
Asian0%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities20%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English35%
Not migrant23%

Reading

All Students38%
Female32%
Male43%
Black25%
Asian21%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English55%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Not migrant38%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 34% 6%
White 26% 73%
Black 20% 9%
Hispanic 16% 7%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 75%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Florence Odegard
Fax number
  • (651) 481-7128

Resources

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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