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St. Paul, MN
Students enrolled: 379

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1700 Saunders Ave
St. Paul, MN 55116

(651) 293-8770
(651) 293-8983
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October 01, 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
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
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
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
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
May 13, 2010
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no rating 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
April 19, 2010
International Baccalaureate school. Embraces and celebrates cultural diversity!

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2009
There is a wonderful team of dedicated, caring and innovative teachers and staff.

- submitted by a community member
no rating 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
July 02, 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
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
September 27, 2005
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August 29, 2005
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January 06, 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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Highland Park Elementary School
1700 Saunders Ave, St. Paul, MN  55116
(651) 293-8770
Last modified Highland Park Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Highland Park Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top