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The Whole Learning School

Private | K-12 | 20 students

We are best known for individualized instruction.

 

Living in St. Louis Park

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $173,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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5 stars

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Posted October 18, 2013

My School is great at keeping my son Happy. My son feels accepted and has learned that he is good at alot of things. My son is being taught at his instructional level so he feels very accomplished.
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Posted October 26, 2011

This is just a wonderful school! My daughter has been attending TWLS for two years now and she finally found a place where she fits in and can be herself! The teachers are very caring and understanding to the needs of each student. My daughter is no longer "the special needs student" she is an important part of a community which has done wonders for her self esteem and confidence!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 6%
Black 13% 9%
Two or more races 13% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 7%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school public elementary
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 25% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 25% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 50% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Minnesota Life College
Ridgewater Community College
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Hip Hop
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • American sign language
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Therapeutic
Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Summer college prep programs
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Wyayn Rasmussen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (952) 767-7583

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • Standards-based
  • Therapeutic
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special ed
  • Special education
  • Special eduction
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • American sign language
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club: Hip Hop
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • School board
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Our program is more than just academics. We teach the whole student, blending academics with social skills, self-regulation, sensory awareness and the arts. We focus on each student's whole life, creating benchmarks for their achievement at school, at home and in their communities. Please feel free to contact us at info@twls.org, wrasmussen@twls.org, or 952-767-7559
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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
7
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
12
Students typically come from these schools
public elementary

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits
District IEP's

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Minnesota Life College
Ridgewater Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
Summer college prep programs
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 25%
Vocational - 25%
Workforce - 50%
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9400 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
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Phone: (952) 767-7559

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