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Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School

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Posted April 24, 2013

PSI is a school that is very culturally diverse and draws from the entire Saint Louis Park Community. It is a school that promotes diversity and teaches the whole child. The teaching staff is very dedicated and works hard to ensure the learning of EVERY student. My experience of a parent of a child that went through K-5th grade, was nothing short of exceptional! The PSI Community values not only the education of their child, but of all those in attendance. The language immersion piece is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

allows and condones discrimination against students of color. Uses unfair practices amongst children without correction even after they recognize the problem. Bullying is allowed if the victim is a child of color. Children of color are only seen as the aggressors at psi even if they are being jumped 3 to 1.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

In response to the writer who is complaining of a staff of no African Americans at PSI...may want to do some research before speaking. How many african american spanish speaking applicants have they had? We had a terrific teacher, african american, who actually won teacher of the year while at the school and then decided to leave. There is a teacher from cuba, although don't know her ethnic background, don't care, she is an incredible teacher. The rest of the staff has been around for a long time, not a lot of turnover. That is a more important statistic. The school gave my children an incredible education. They have continued with their spanish and maintain straight A's in middle and high school. I wouldn't care if their teachers, janitors, secretaries, librarians were white, black, grey or purple, I want a good, solid education for them and that is what we got!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2012

I loved this school! When I went to that school my principle greeted me in the morning, the teachers where absolutely lovely, I got some of the best grades in ENGLISH, and I am now fluent in Spanish. The first time I had discussed our past teachers with my fellow students at the junior high, I was surprised at how much they disliked them! I loved all of teachers at PSI, including the ones I didn't have! I will always remember all of the memories that I have enjoyed at this school, and to all of the teachers at the school: Thank you for being some of the greatest influences in my life!


Posted June 21, 2012

I was part of PSI's first graduating class, and from a former student's perspective, I think PSI is an excellent school that provided a great and unique academic and cultural experience. Every teacher I had at PSI was fantastic and the Spanish language skills I learned are invaluable. For me and my peers, PSI was more than just an elementary education; it still effects our lives today. The majority of my graduating class has studied abroad in Spanish speaking countries and/or are majoring in Spanish or Latin American Studies. Many of us --including myself--will use Spanish as a critical tool in our careers after graduating college next year.


Posted June 10, 2009

PSI has a long-standing reputation as an excellent Spanish immersion school. The teachers and administration have high standards, and it shows in the achievement and behavior of the students. Parents are very active in their child's education, and it shows through the multitude of volunteers in the school, and the tireless hours that they put into fund-raising and serving on school committees. I have two children attending PSI, and they have always received the individual attention and kind words of encouragement from their teachers and the principal. The school really has a community feel to it, and I've been amazed at how well everyone watches out for each other. As a teacher in another district for many years, I would highly recommend PSI for those seeking an immersion school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

Very disorganized! The children learn spanish well only! I wanted more for my child, she was waaaay behind in math, spelling, social studies and every other area except spanish (speaking only! They don't do well teaching grammar/spelling!). They kept me hanging on for 3 yrs. claiming that students are caught up with their peers from other shools by the 4th grade...BALONEY! I switched my daughter to Peter Holbert and it's ridiculous how far behind she was. I got a Spanish tutor so that she can keep up w/the language and put her at a school that takes pride in teaching more than just Spanish. Also, the prinical did a very poor job disciplining students fairly. I give this school a D+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

I think the school wants little Stepford children. (Robots who are perfect) So if you have a student who is creative, has a mind of their own and has a personality this might not be the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

I think my school is really cool and fun to be at. The teachers are awesome, and everyday I leave feeling accomplished.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2007

This school has a great K-2 program. During these primary years the teachers do a great job of nurturing the whole child. They are in a positive structured environment that teaches them social skills along with academics - not to mention Spanish! Once the children hit 3rd grade, social teaching goes out the window in lieu of preparation soley for stadardized testing. Respect is a major theme of the school however the principal has had difficulty leading parents and students by example.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2007

We have had two children at PSI for five years. Speaking for my own family, PSI has definitely not been the perfect school we thought it would be. Prospective parents must really consider whether the immersion method will work for their child. Every year several students leave the school because of this and it is so hard on the children. Don't only listen to the glowing PR from the school. I would caution prospective parents even more strongly, however, about a school climate I would describe as high-pressure and clique-y. The school climate reflects the control-oriented management style of the Principal. My children have received a good education, but it was much more of a struggle than it should have been.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2006

We happened upon PSI in one of its first years. Our own parents, as former teachers,questioned our decision to send our children to a language immersion school. Foreign language has always opened up the world and its people to me, so we took the chance. We now have a child in 5th grade and one in 6th at PSI and have found the experience amazing. The academic excellence, the great leadership from a principal that cares enough to keep impeccable standards for her teachers and students, teachers filled with love and care for each and every student and amazing, welcoming, globally aware and active families have made this a first rate choice for our family. Our children have received a true Blue Ribbon education in our local public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

This is a wonderful school with very high standards and a great program that includes all learners. The lunches are terrible so pack your own. The principle leaves a bad taste in my daughters mouth but I think that she has good old-fashioned standards. Amazing art and music program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

PSI has been a great experience for my child our family. The opportunity offered to my child to learn a second language in an immersion setting is fantastic. We have found the teaching staff and administration to be very open to parental feedback. The PTO is very strong in not just organizing social events, but by also being actively involved in curriculum selection and changes. PSI staff and faculty seem to understand that a quality education requires the cooperation of all involved parties. This school in St. Louis Park treats the students and parents like they are part of the village. As a parent I hope to return the favor by making education a top priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

As a student in one of the first classes, I believe that the staff is great, the idea is great and the money is going toward great things. I learned a lot there. However, The principal can't make commitments to students and was dissapointing to me.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 6, 2005

Absolutely a dream school for new-to-this parents and the feeling of community has astounded us, thank you PSI!
—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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

79 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

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

Reading

All Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Hispanic100%
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities92%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Non-migrant98%
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 Students95%
Female100%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant95%
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 Students94%
Female98%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant94%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%
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 Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant84%

Reading

All Students79%
Female85%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant79%
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%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant79%

Reading

All Students74%
Female78%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%
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 Students73%
Female69%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant73%

Reading

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

Science

All Students81%
Female77%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 73%
Hispanic 13% 7%
Black 7% 9%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
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 15%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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St. Louis Park, MN 55416
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