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Horace Mann School

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Posted January 8, 2014

I love the Horace Mann community! My daughter is in a looping class here, which means her teacher, Ms. Rice, will remain with her for Kindergarten and 1st grade. Ms. Rice is a spectacular teacher, she is enthusiastic, accessible, caring, and has high expectations for the kiddos. My daughter loves going to school here and I have seen her academically and socially grow so much since she started. The students are fabulous and their parents and guardians are very involved. Jim Litwin is a great principal, he is a very visible figure in the school and he seems to know every child by name. Horace Mann has the charm and friendliness of a small town school in the big city of Saint Paul:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

We have been very happy at Horace Mann. The students all seem to get along and the teachers there are quite willing to meet and discuss any issue with parents. Parent involvement is high. Following up on a previous post, parents in this neighborhood interested in flaunting their status would most likely choose the many private school options in the area rather than choose urban public schooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I can't say enough about this school. We have two children at Horace Mann now and they both really love it. I read a review earlier that said the children don't learn "empathy or other desirable personality traits"? That's just such a strange comment. First because I don't look to a school to form my child's personality but even so the school has such a community feel, the children ARE nice to one another and there is a total LACK of status, which is exactly why we love this school. The school partially achieves this by having morning meetings in the classrooms. Each morning the kids sit down together and talk about anything on their minds, they learn to respect one another's views and really get to know one another. My kids consider every one of their classmates a friend. Which can make things difficult when you're trying to send birthday party invitations :) But otherwise it's fantastic. The teachers we have had are great and the principal is really involved. I think he works to create an environment where all the children feel welcomed, the parents like being involved in activities and the teachers feel appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2013

Horace Mann has some good things going for it. But the kids are not nice to one another. There is a distinct lack of empathy that I haven't seen in any other elementary school. There is a great deal of unchecked privilege. If you're solely interested in academics and social status, this school will be just what you're looking for, but if you want your child to learn empathy and other desirable personality traits, look elsewhere.


Posted September 17, 2011

A traditional neighborhood school like in the 50's, where the principle and teachers knows the name of nearly every student and the teachers welcome parent interactions and involvement. The school is simply amazing and offers activities I have not seen in other elementary schools. My 1st grader was involved in Chess Club and learned social interactions as well as sportsmanship, also how to play the game. This school is more of a community than a school. Horace Mann delivers the quality education typically found in a private school. If you live in Highland Park, you have to send your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2010

Horace Mann is a wonderful school - we have had great kindergarten and first grade teachers. The other parents are very friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

The neighborhood is wonderful, the teachers so friendly and caring. Our whole family felt connected with the school and my child left there with a very solid, nurtured base for his next stage of education in Jr High/middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2004

This school is a gem! The teachers know each student and are welcoming to all parent interactions and involvement. Lots of parents volunteer at the school in various ways. The kids are kind to each other, behave respectfully, and feel really engaged, valued and safe at the school. There are tutoring programs to help kids who are behind in subjects, and additional enrichment programming both in the classroom and in special additional classes for kids who are advanced. There are parent-led art and music programs, in addition to the vocal music instruction and band program which are led by faculty. The principal is approachable, responsive and much loved by all the kids. This school is a little gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2004

We love Horace Mann Elementary! This is a traditional neighborhood school nestled right in the heart of an idyllic St Paul residential area. Neighborhood children walk to school while students in the attendance area who live more than a mile away are bused to and from the building daily. Core curriculum subjects are taught by an exceptional teaching staff resulting in among the highest test scores in the district. A gifted and talented program of distinction assists in challenging students and helping them further develop academically. The caring and supportive environment nutures all aspects of the childrens' social growth. This truly is 'A small learning community where every teacher knows every child.'
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

60 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students91%
Female87%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%
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 Students81%
Female71%
Male90%
Black46%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Economically non-disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant81%
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 Students88%
Female89%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Economically non-disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant88%
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 Students83%
Female83%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant83%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%
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 57% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%
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 Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Economically non-disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant88%

Reading

All Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Economically non-disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant73%
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 Students90%
Female86%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant90%

Reading

All Students76%
Female74%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant76%
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 Students68%
Female52%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Economically non-disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant68%

Reading

All Students69%
Female45%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Economically non-disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant69%

Science

All Students67%
Female55%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Economically non-disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant67%
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 Students71%
Female59%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant71%

Reading

All Students78%
Female85%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Economically non-disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-migrant78%
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 76% 73%
Black 12% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hispanic 4% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Two or more races 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 20%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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St. Paul, MN 55116
Phone: (651) 293-8965

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