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St. Francis Elementary School

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Posted April 8, 2014

I have two children who have attended SFE and it is a fantastic school full of the most amazingly dedicated people you can imagine. The school is a MN Reward school because they focus on making sure all students achieve and work to their best potential. The staff works together to help kids who are struggling and even make individual plans for them if they need it (The do this for regular education kids instead of trying to shove them into special ed). The teachers work hard to help kids be accountable for their actions and to make good choices. The only issue I've seen is that they could use more parent volunteers because it is always the same people helping and doing things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2014

We have had a very similar experience regarding first grade this year as the previous reviewer before me has stated. This makes me believe that this is a particular teacher issue. Let me preface by saying that we had a wonderful year in kindergarten with a great teacher. Our son did so well and loved going to school. We also love the principle and the dean they are wonderful people that truly care for the students. However, ever since the beginning of this year we have had very negative interactions between us and the teacher. His teacher only contacts us with problems but could never come up with a solution when we asked & always seems to tear down the students and make them feel as though they are bad kids if they don't do things exactly as she wants them done. She even told the kids that some of them were going to be crying after conferences. I can't speak for others in her class but I do know from other parents that she has had issues with other students.The whole experience this year has really gave us a negative association with this school and we have been looking at charter schools and moving to other districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2013

I have not been happy with this school at all. I have had many problems so far. My kid has been at this school for 3 years and is currently in 1st grade. (he had to do 2 years of kindergarten) His kindergarten teachers were great. My son loved going to school. This year in first grade he has a teacher that is horrible. He had to do a worksheet with 15 math problems and you color in the circles after you get the answer. He only got 1 wrong and he was not congradulated, instead he was degraded by his coloring. Teacher looked at it and told him it's too messy. She completely is ruining my childs spirit. Another bad case was during his first year there, he tripped getting off the bus and landed head first on the sidewalk. I came ot pick him up, and the nurse let him just go to sleep following a bad head injury. When i questioned her, she said that he was tired and she didn't have time to only concentrate on one kid. Only giving this school 2 starts because of how great his teacher and year was last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

SFES is a WONDERFUL school and the majority of the staff is FANTASTIC! The principal is very hands on and the children all know who she is. SFES does a wonderful job putting on Open House for all of the students- including a separate OH for the Kindergarten students. The staff is very helpful at the begining of the year getting the students to the correct buses in a timely manner (though there will always be those kids that just don't pay attention!) I love the opportunities for parent involvement- from Open House, the Halloween Parade, the Spring Carnival, the Walk-A-Thon, Fun and Field Day, Reading and Math Nights, and more! I'm very sad to be moving out of the district soon and am having a difficult time finding a school that rates as high and that is as great as SFES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

To correct a previous reviewer - There is always an open house at every school every year! If you miss it that isn't the school's problem. As far as finding teachers they go to each bus and pick up their kids every day for the first couple of weeks. After that the kids line up and are escorted in by their teacher for a couple more weeks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2006

My children's first day of school was a very messed up one. There was no open house so they had no idea where or who there teachers were. The school was also not prepared it was not organized kids were lost teachers had no clue were to send you. I am just glade I was lucky to take the day off so i could be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2005

My son is now in first grade at St. Francis. Last year, while in kindergarten, the elementary school had the usual halloween parade, where the little ones could show off their customes. I was standing a couple of feet away from a woman, and every so often she would help keep the little ones in the parade lines, and she was loving the costumes just like the rest of us. At one point she turned to me and said, 'I have the greatest job in the world.' Being new to the area, I assumed she was a teacher. I found out a few months later that she was the principle. I knew then my son would be in good hands. The teachers I have met since have the same attitude. They truly care about our kids! Thanks so much to all the SFE Teachers.
—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 83% in 2010.

111 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

129 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Economically non-disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant84%
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 Students87%
Female93%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Economically non-disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant87%
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 Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Economically non-disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
74%
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 Students90%
Female95%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Economically non-disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant90%

Reading

All Students64%
Female64%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Economically non-disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant64%
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 Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Economically non-disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

Reading

All Students63%
Female67%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Economically non-disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant63%
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%
Female81%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant79%

Reading

All Students80%
Female90%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant80%

Science

All Students83%
Female83%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Economically non-disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant83%
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 92% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 0% 9%
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 37%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Kathy Kohnen
Fax number
  • (763) 213-8753

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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22919 St Francis Blvd
St. Francis, MN 55070
Phone: (763) 213-8670

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