We are high school seniors at great river school, and have been attending since 7th grade. Throughout the years we have seen the school grow in amazing and sometimes, although very rarely disappointing ways. The school is split up into 3 different levels (A1, A2, and A3) the first is the junior high (7th and 8th grade), the second being the lower class men (9th and 10th grade) while the third and the best is the upper class men (11th and 12th grade). Each level has a very different structure based on the needs of said level. In the A3, we get to create our own schedule, meaning we have certain classes we have to take, but we are in charge of what day and time we attend them. This is good practice for college, because much like college no one is forcing us to go to class, but if you don't you will become behind. A very big plus to this schedule, is that we have at least one hour of open work a day where teachers are available and willing to help you with whatever you need.It has a real community and it goes out of its way to make everyone feel accepted and comfortable! We would have not become the students let alone the people we are today without this amazing school!
What makes this school different than most? Camping trips for starters. To kick off the fall, while the 11th graders visit colleges around the midwest, the 12th graders kayaked around the Apostle Islands, and the 7-10th graders are on different camping trips. The 9-10th graders are harvesting pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes, and squash that were planted the Spring before in Western Wisconsin. I have never worked or been in a school that contributes and uses it s community like this one. Great River collaborates with local businesses and uses/helps maintain local parks. In the current dire situation of public education funding, GRS is doing everything it can to earn grants, and fund raise to make these critical experiences possible. The young adults at this school are learning the invaluable skills of questioning, having a sense of place, how to work with others, and how to lead and be active members of their community. I have worked in many school districts in this state and have never found a more dedicated group of teachers and administrator. If I had children and lived in the metro area, they would be going here. Zach Schultz, former Math Teacher at GRS
Very disappointed in every aspect of this school. The most troublesome factors are inconsistency, poor communication and persistent lack of organization by administration.
A school in which students have tons of options and have teachers that are committed to teaching them to think, to lead, to be curious and to explore. Montessori based, each students developmental needs are important.
A very creative school with positive learning experiences and great teachers. Our granddaughter loves it!
The best Montessori school in Saint Paul, and, why not, in Minnesota!
This school provides an incredible learning environment where students are engaged, responsible, and striving to become leaders.
Our son is learning at his own pace and has built-in time to do community service.
Great River School nurtures the mind, heart and spirit of every student while encouraging individuality.
Great River is a superb school and we have been pleased with all aspects of our experience there. Our son is receiving a strong academic education with many extras and benefits not seen in a traditional school. The trips and explorations, the special focus classes during May-term, the open nature of the experiences are all great. The school is well-run and has a tremendous amount of support from its parents and staff. Another area I especially appreciate is the focus on community and emotional bonding which is an integral part of the school experience. Students are expected to participate in the community as members and give back to the school community and community-at-large via volunteerism. GRS Rocks!
Great River School is a Montessouri Jr./Sr high and they strive to carry on Maria Montessori's methods and goals to become life-long learners. They have excellent staff and community - with certification as International Baccalaureate school.
Great academics, fantastic opportunities outside the classroom, a warm and caring environment for students to learn and grow. Great River is truly great!
GRS is committed to youth development, not just academic success - though they're great at that too. The staff is amazing, the key experiences make a huge difference. It's a great place!
Great River is a nurturing middle school and high school. The teachers work hard and do a great job!
Great River has turned my son from a kid who hated school to one that enjoys going everyday. The time spent out of the classroom lends an interest to the learning that keeps the students interested and focused. The academics are challenging while allowing each student to find where there strengths lie. I'm very happy I found GRS.
Great River is an amazing school. We are thankful for the respectful atmosphere of the school. It supports the teenage years in a holistic way and gives the opportunity for self esteem and confidence to the young adults. Class week long trips bond the students as a group and give them a hands on learning experience.
Innovative curriculum and a great understanding of what the jr high experience is really like.
Community engagement and Montessori critical thinking generate great students commitment with great academic performance
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