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Great River School

Charter | 1-12 | 345 students

Montessori & the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

 
 

Living in St. Paul

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $185,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 9 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted January 27, 2011

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!


Posted December 3, 2010

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
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 8, 2009

Very disappointed in every aspect of this school. The most troublesome factors are inconsistency, poor communication and persistent lack of organization by administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

A very creative school with positive learning experiences and great teachers. Our granddaughter loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

The best Montessori school in Saint Paul, and, why not, in Minnesota!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

This school provides an incredible learning environment where students are engaged, responsible, and striving to become leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Our son is learning at his own pace and has built-in time to do community service.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Great River School nurtures the mind, heart and spirit of every student while encouraging individuality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

The sense of community is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Great academics, fantastic opportunities outside the classroom, a warm and caring environment for students to learn and grow. Great River is truly great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Great River is a nurturing middle school and high school. The teachers work hard and do a great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Innovative curriculum and a great understanding of what the jr high experience is really like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Cool Teachers and an awesome curriculum makes GRS the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Community engagement and Montessori critical thinking generate great students commitment with great academic performance
—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.

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

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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.

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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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.

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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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 64% in 2010.

46 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
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 59% in 2010.

48 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

45 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
67%
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 77% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
n/a
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 72% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

11 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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
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.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
n/a
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.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%
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 56% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
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 59% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
62%
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

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
n/a
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 Students73%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%

Reading

All Students73%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not 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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a
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 Students36%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Not migrant36%

Reading

All Students73%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant73%

Science

All Students64%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant64%
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 Students20%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant20%

Reading

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Not migrant50%
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 Students74%
Female65%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant73%

Reading

All Students88%
Female82%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant88%
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%
Female68%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant61%

Reading

All Students75%
Female79%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant75%

Science

All Students49%
Female48%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
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

Reading

All Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities90%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant86%
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 Students73%
Female78%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not 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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students94%
Female97%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Not migrant94%
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 Students78%
Female77%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant78%
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 Students71%
Female65%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 73%
Black 4% 9%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 17%N/A37%
Female 56%N/A49%
Male 44%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Christina Beck
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (651) 305-2781

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • St. Paul bus route
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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1326 Energy Park Dr
St. Paul, MN 55108
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Phone: (651) 305-2780

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