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Highland Park Elementary School

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Posted October 1, 2012

I appreciated reading the review of February 22, 2012, as it also captures our experience. Active boys are seen as a problem and the atmosphere at times can be hostile. There is a lack of male teachers who could serve as role models for active, intelligent boys.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

This school touts its International Baccalaureate program, but few teachers are practicing it. Inquiry based learning is not evident in the classroom, there is chalk & talk, but little hands on learning besides residencies. Creativity is stifled and viewed as studio arts rather than applied to everyday learning and critical thinking. Math is not a focus, only reading. There seems to be a lack of collaboration between teachers. There are several older teachers who are "old school." Most teachers appear disgruntled. The principal seems to have no time for parents and their concerns. School hallways are quiet and doors closed. I rarely see students engaged in their learning or see the joy of learning. This school has feminized education, there is only 1 male teacher and 1 male specialist. Active boys are not championed at this school, but treated as a problem. Gifted boy learners are not championed. In terms of a global perspective, the student body is diverse, but there is a lack of cultural diversity and sensitivity with the staff. There are no celebrations for African, African American or Hmong holidays and these groups make up a majority of the population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

The intentions are good, a few teachers are spectacular, but as a whole the school misses the mark on valuing academics. The big all school events - the carnival, the rhymic movement program -- are fine, but there are few parallels that promote classroom achievement. The reward for particpating in the read-a-thon was a "no homework pass." ???? really?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2011

Perhaps, this school should consider limiting classes to kindergarten thru second grade. After second grade the quality declines significantly. Perhaps, because there is little support for the average learner. My experience this year is beyond disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2010

I went to highland park elemantry And it was wonderful my duaghter loves it! she just loves there park and her friends there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

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Posted April 27, 2010

Its our community....I love it that the 5th grade teachers made it a priority to know my kids in kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

International Baccalaureate school. Embraces and celebrates cultural diversity!


Posted October 3, 2009

There is a wonderful team of dedicated, caring and innovative teachers and staff.


Posted May 19, 2008

What a great environment for my daughter!. This school is dynamic, parent involvement is fantastic and my daughter is challenged every day. Her self esteem blooms every day. I love the atmosphere just walking in the door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

I have had children at Highland Park Elementary continuously for the past 14 years. I have found the quality of the administration, staff, and parents to be extremely high. The curriculum has always been first-rate. For me the proof lies in the outcome. My children have done well as they have moved on to junior high, high school, and college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2005

I think this school is need of improvement the teachers there are not real concerned about hte children. The kids are passing on to higher grades and are not able to do basic grade level work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2005

My daughter was deemed eligible to attend a gifted magnet. We talked it over and decided that she would not obtain a better education. The commitment of the teachers here, the International Baccalaureate approach, the focus on combining knowledge with attitudes all contribute to a school that is both challenging and diverse. It is a real testament that many extracurricular activities are student lead. At Highland Park she receives a high quality education with a highly diverse student body and she sees the potential of her fellow students to tap into their individual talents and to lead in the areas they are passionate. I could not have made a better choice.
—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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

55 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

51 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
47%
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 Students73%
Female72%
Male75%
Black55%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners75%
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%
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 Students70%
Female68%
Male72%
Black50%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant70%
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 Students70%
Female66%
Male73%
Black45%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learners33%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant70%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
44%
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 Students63%
Female62%
Male65%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners32%
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant63%

Reading

All Students56%
Female62%
Male45%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners26%
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant56%
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 Students61%
Female51%
Male73%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant61%

Reading

All Students54%
Female51%
Male58%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant54%
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 Students65%
Female70%
Male61%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant65%

Reading

All Students55%
Female48%
Male61%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant55%

Science

All Students49%
Female44%
Male54%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Not migrant49%
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 45% 73%
Black 32% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 6%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 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 49%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Teresa Ciccarelli
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  • (651) 293-8983

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1700 Saunders Ave
St. Paul, MN 55116
Phone: (651) 293-8770

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