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Como Park Senior High School

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Posted April 2, 2014

Como has been thought of as a hidden treasure in the district. In some ways it is a very plain school, but it has something very special about it. Possibly owing to it's relatively small size, Como has a well developed sense of community. There is something for everyone, and if what you want is not there, the staff is flexible about creating new clubs and classes. Known as "the AP school" of St. Paul, Como has a very diverse population, so students get to know how to function together. Some awesome things about Como? our Ultimate Frisbee Team, Girls APP group, FIRST Robotics, InspireMN Ideas Festival, and more. This year both soccer, nordic, and debate went to state. The musicals are top notch. My daughter had an excellent experience their and will be graduating from NYU Abu Dhabi. She would not be the self-confident, well-rounded young person she is without Como.


Posted May 13, 2011

An excellent school with outstanding teachers, strong academics, and hard working students. There are more AP classes (18) at this school than most of the private or public schools in the area. Other honors courses (called accelerated or pre-AP) are also of excellent quality and open to all students. High academic honors including National Merit Scholars, AP Scholars, and college scholarship recipients come from this school. The smaller school feel enables teachers to know the students, and for students to participate in a wide range of activities such as sports, academics, music, and clubs--without having to specialize. My son has been able to participate in sports, music, state and national academic competitions, and community service through Como. The students are from very diverse backgrounds, which make for a lively, enriching learning environment. My son formerly attended a private, more homogeneous school, which he found stifling. He loves the school and has thrived there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2010

Wow how sad parents don't understand what goes on in the school. Kids fight each other in the hallways. Segregation in the lunch room. Some are homophobic and some most likely to drop out. Public schools are failing our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

I have to say that going to Como Park was such a great experience. You meet so many people from all walks of life. During my time at Como I really have to say that the students as well as many staff members were better than I had imagined. Like many schools there are flaws at Como and I will be the first to say so, but over all Como Park is such a wonderful place to be. The four years I spent there really taught me a lot about myself and the world. And that is something I will take with me where ever I go and for the rest of my life. Is Como Park High School a school I would want my children to go to? YES, Absolutely YES.


Posted August 14, 2006

I graduated from Como Park and now my son is, the differences from then until now aren't very significant except in security. As much as its a relief to hear that they have high security in place its still very sad that they have to have it at all. Nothing like when I went there in mid 80's. It goes with the times I guess, which is all very disheartening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2005

This is a very good school. There is no crime at all. The kids are not bad.
—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.

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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.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

333 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. 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 66% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
40%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students70%
Female75%
Male65%
Black53%
Asian64%
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners46%
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. 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 Students44%
Female34%
Male52%
Black35%
Asian35%
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. 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

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

333 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
54%
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 52% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
28%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

350 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
32%
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

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
31%
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

Reading

All Students42%
Female43%
Male40%
Black24%
Asian29%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners4%
Proficient in English52%
Not migrant42%
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

Science

All Students25%
Female22%
Male27%
Black13%
Asian16%
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities27%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English31%
Not migrant25%
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 Students28%
Female21%
Male33%
Black18%
Asian19%
Hispanic13%
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities2%
Students without disabilities31%
English language learners4%
Proficient in English35%
Not migrant28%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 35% 6%
Black 27% 9%
White 26% 73%
Hispanic 10% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 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 72%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dan Mesick
Fax number
  • (651) 293-8806

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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740 West Rose Ave
St. Paul, MN 55117
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