My daughter attended Groveland from K through 2nd grade. During that time she had a couple of teachers that were fairly strong, but what I've realized, since our daughter has attended two other public schools in other states, is that the overall school experience was not as strong as it could have been. The pluses of this school were the diverse student body, the involved parents/Parent Association, and specific teachers that were both skilled and passionate. The main drawback was that the principal does not seem to be a real instructional leader or to really take a lead in setting a vibrant school climate, unlike the principals we've since experienced. Maybe her passion for the school has grown in the past couple of years, since we left the school in 2013, but it wasn't there then. When one of our neighborhood friends attended the school tour and asked Becky Pedersen why she should send her child there, her response was "Well, it's free". That friend ultimately sent her child to Capitol Hill instead.
This school is what living in the city is all about. It's great academically & prepares them for great things. There is great parental involvement, lot's school/neighborhood pride, very wholesome & extremely safe. It reminds me of going to grade school myself many years ago.
Rude teachers/ staff, their mostly bullies I feel they focus more on negstived and lack positive. Very.sad expirience , I had to switch my daughter with 5weeks of scholl left basefd on nee ance saftey concerns, very deceptive staff
Our son has special needs and I feel that Groveland has been very accommodating for him. What is surprising is the lack of bullying he has received there. Other kids are caring and treat him with dignity. Our other son is more "normal" and the teachers challenge him to learn. We're very pleased with Groveland Park Elementary in Saint Paul.
I had three children go through this school - two boys and one girl, with different interests and talents. One went to Stanford, one went to Vanderbilt, and one enters UCLA this fall 2011. The public school system has served them well, beginning with Groveland - a caring, well-run school with excellent teachers and a positive environment. Don't miss the opportunities available to students of St. Paul public schools: they will succeed academically and they will grow up in as close to a microcosm of the world as you will find.
Groveland is a great place to be! This will be our third year there and we've loved it from the first week. Teachers are exceptional and our kids are really happy there. Great neighborhood school with amazing parent involvement!
I have two children at Groveland. My older son is having issues with bullies and the school is not fixing the problem. My daugther has been in speech classes for tehe 2 years prior to Kindergarten and has a specialist in her class to help her and another child. She has not progressed this whole year. The school has changed principles 3 times in the 4 years we've been there. I feel this school could do alot better. Very nice and caring teachers but i feel this school is below average.