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Great River School

Charter | 1-12 | 345 students

Montessori & the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

 
 

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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

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 9 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted February 14, 2014

Not helpful if you have a non traditional style of learning. Snobby and overly focused on their curriculum. Inflexible. Only one good special education teacher--and she is amazing--but the others are lame at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

As a student in the A1 I find that most of the teachers show no respect for there students, the teachers don't care about there students actual learning. The school does not seem to prepare you for the real world they only prepare you for working as a day laborer. You can only be yourself if you fit into the great river personality. finally the teachers grade you only on your ability to do busy work at ridicules rates. and if you want to be able to do anything after school you can forget it as there will sometimes be as much as 3-4 hours of homework and only an hour of it will actually ever help you. If you are unable to do this you then get locked inside a small room for lunch. Lastly the administration is clueless and irresponsible. Please do not send your children here if you care about them. -A concerned A1 student
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2014

Our son is really enjoying being a student at GR, it's his first year (9th grade) attending and we are impressed with the great teachers,just a wonderful community to be apart of. We are so proud to be apart of GR!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2014

I have gone to this school for many two years and I love it. It has been a great learning place


Posted January 16, 2014

I have attended Great River School for two years and i have found it to be a healthy and nurturing learning environment. I came from a public middle school and found Great River to be much more welcoming and community centered place than my previous school. Great River has helped me develop as a student and a person through key experiences and hands on learning. Communication between students and faculty is also very present and the faculty makes an effort to work with the students to solve problems in the community. Overall i have found it to be a lovely school.


Posted December 18, 2013

This school is terrible at working with teens. They had a policy where if you had one missing assignment you had to stay in from recess and lunch all week. Does that sound a school that understands teens? They also have 3 hour classes in which they expect us to be productive the entire time. Sounds like a teen right? When i asked my math teacher Kira Donnelly if that could be changed she said it was non negotiable because it is a montessori policy. But guess what? Montessori was developed for younger children. She than went on to ask me to essentially leave the school. Me and several other people think it is part of a power play. My MCA math score dropped ever since I started going here. Also very disorganized and only good thing about this school is the community. I would not recommend this school for anyone unless they make some serious changes. This is a student trying to show you what this school is really like. Dont be fooled by the tours


Posted September 30, 2013

We were so excited when our child won the lottery for this school for seventh grade, as we had heard so many wonderful things about the school. We were stunned, then, to be told, "We're really not very good with special needs kids. Maybe you should consider sending your child somewhere else." Sorry, but I can't give a good rating to any school that cherry picks its students in this way. Fifty years ago, maybe, but today, "for shame, Great River, for shame."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

It is the perfect school for my son. Community learning environment, small classes, and personal and continous support from teachers and staff, are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

My son graduated from Great River School where he attended from 7th grade on. He is now entering his junior year in an academically challenging college program. He has excelled in college and credits much of this to his Montessori education that taught him to be a self-directed learner. The trips and other non-traditional high school activities were also great learning experiences. He still talks about some of the things he learned from those trips. Montessori education isn't for everyone, but it works well for motivated, self-directed learners. We are happy Great River was an option for him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

We considered Great River for our child. We attended an open house and, on a separate occasion, received a tour. We found the teachers at the open house to be very impressive, and their academic program seems like an excellent option for some kids. We have been extremely unimpressed with the administrative members with whom we have had contact. They were unprofessional, and when we went on the tour, we had the distinct feeling that we were wasting their time. The person who gave the tour showed absolutely no interest in our child and was extremely slow to respond to our follow-up emails, etc. They acted like they are a private school, not the public school that they are, and they make it difficult to find enrollment targets by grade level for the upcoming year. The appearance is that they hold the information and don't want to share with people outside of the school. Board meeting minutes are vague and don't provide much information about what was actually discussed at the meetings.


Posted September 9, 2012

I am former student of GRS. It has not prepared me for college or life beyond high school. It is a horrible investment and a great waste of time. I regret going to GRS. I did not have to pay much to attend the school, but I would pay thousands to of not had the awful experience I had there.


Posted September 6, 2012

I am a PSEO student at Great River. They are super disorganized and judgmental. I showed up for orientation last week to find that I did not have a folder prepared with my MCA score and other information that a student would need. Being a PSEO student, I still need to go on the key experience trips and do CAS. I was surprised to receive no information on how to work CAS in the A3. I am very disappointed and I wish that I had gone to a real high school.


Posted August 16, 2012

I have four daughters who have attended GRS. We are grateful for the community of parents, students and teachers. The school s emphasis on acceptance and respect for all is a welcome change from other schools my daughters have attended. Junior and Senior High students, girls in particular, can treat each other disrespectfully. The GRS staff and teachers work hard to prevent this from happening. The high school program, and the IB program in particular, prepared my oldest daughter well for a challenging four year liberal arts college. She is now a college junior and has remained friends with her GRS classmates and teachers. The special ed department is well staff and caring. The individual attention given each student is a gift. My daughters have thrived socially and academically. Lastly, the Montessori junior and senior high school education model places an emphasis on student driven learning. GRS s strengths include small, multiage classes, integrated subjects, focus on mastery bench marks, and NAMTA trained teacher guides. This is a unique public junior and senior high school that has served my daughters very well and I recommended it highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

We had two children who began at GRS in 7th grade. The oldest left GRS because she was interested in the arts, the second stayed and has enjoyed and has benefit from the school in many ways. That say, I think this school is not for all students and families. it requires a self motivated student, values leadership, service, and critical thinking rather than areas of traditional schools, and a family that is open to the key experience (fall odyssey, j-term, bike trip, spring intesnsives) and is interested in being part of the GRS community. We can only say good things about the support that teachers and the community, (students, parents, staff) have given our son to make him an engaged citizen of the world. As many charters, GRS has limited resources for after school activities, but the drive the teachers give to those that exists is far beyond anyone expectation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

We have two children who began at Great River School in 7th grade and will be graduating in 2013. We could not be happier with the school. As a small school with a philosophy that relies on self motivated students it is not for everyone. No school is. Our kids each learn differently and yet the school has been excellent for them both. The teachers are very caring and capable and we have had excellent support through the years in working out problems, both academically and socially. The emphasis is on community and they continually strive to strengthen and support the community in as many ways as possible. We have no doubt our kids have a suburb education and will prosper in college because of the great foundation they have received from Great River School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

My son was in the second graduating class at Great River School, having moved from large to small school. He played basketball during his years there, and was in PSEO at the University of Minnesota (from which he just graduated) too. As a musician, he participated in small ensembles, as well as studied music theory for credit. He made wonderful friends who are still close friends, traveled with his class, and graduated knowing that he was part of a unique community of folks. Unlike the large urban high school, teachers knew just who he was and shared that knowledge in college recommendation letters. Also, my daughter came from our urban school district as a 7th grader, leaving behind long-time friends, but never looked back, instead focusing on the many opportunities for leadership (Student Council, guiding trips in high school), scholarship (creative, fun projects showcasing her learning), and friendships that formed, deepened, and remain even now. She traveled with her class every year, broadening the scope of learning beyond the school walls. And she applied to colleges that had just this same sense of community she had come to cherish from her years at Great River School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

Great River is a school of choice. We chose Great River for our son because of the non-traditional aspects. We feel there is way too much emphasis on sports at other schools and are happy to see those dollars being channeled into academic areas. There is a culture of cooperation over competition which is very appealing to our family and our values. We feel very strongly about academics and wanted the focus of our son's education on his intellectual and character development. Great River has a diverse student population representing a multi-cultural and socioeconomic spectrum. The school strives to not only teach subjects but to also teach social and environmental responsibility with a variety of unique learning opportunities from travel, farming, biking and more. Tolerance and accepting others differences is a keystone of the GRS community. Class sizes are small and students are not lost in the crowd. Our son can't wait for school to begin this fall. How many parents of a 15 year old can say that? We attribute the involved and caring staff to that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

I am a current PSEO, 3.0 plus student at Great River School with several major University acceptances. Don t let that fool you; none of this is to be accredited to Great River. It is absolutely horrible. I have had to seek outside sources for education at my own expense. It is a constant nightmare of unprofessionalism, bias and poor teaching. It is not concerned about teaching its students, but buy its teachers need to act in a punitive manner against students in order to massage their own egos. There are a few bright stars at Great River but they are overshadowed by their egotistical faculty. Plus, if you want any extra circular activates; you can just forget it! I have also been the object of ridicule because of my interest of being in the Armed Forces. Surprisingly, I am being ridiculed by the teachers and not by the students. In closing, although Great River has a few amazing teachers, it is a pathetic excuse for a place learning. The only thing I learned from Great River is the meaning of unprofessionalism.


Posted January 17, 2012

i came to this school from Crosswinds arts and science school because cw only goes till 10th grade and i came because of there comunity claims and the IB but the ib isnt one but challenging the teachers play favorites and dont appear to care and the admin plays favorites and the school is extreamly unproffessional i thought it looked like a great school on paper but then i actually went here and quickly learned this is not the case i also learned that these teachers loose your stuff all the time


Posted June 14, 2011

Very frustrated parent at this school. My son has attended for two years. Teachers are EXTREMELY incommunicative. We cannot afford the near constant donation requests. Well meaning but misdirected. Built a huge addition to the school last year, but did not bother to even allow for a gym or exercise room. NO COUNSELORS, NO NURSE, NO LUNCH PROGRAM, NO JANITOR, NO DETENTION, NO SPORTS, NO PHY ED, NO WHEELCHAIR-BOUND, AND ALMOST NO PERSONS OF COLOR. Staff are either dismissive, lazy, or both. Don't even bother expecting a email response from a teacher. Principal doing a good job at weeding out the "hangers-on" from the school's startup period. Now has more order and focus. Could be five star, but instead gets low marks because it consistently misses the point: Teach my kid to read, write, and count. Teach him to exercise his mind AND his body. Make accountable for his choices--good and bad. Don't substitute glamourous academic aspirations, with confusing pseudo-Montessori doublespeak lingo, for genuine pedagogy and results. The sooner it gets over its narcissistic fascination with its own self-proclaimed charter school exceptionalism, and instead starts teaching my kid, the better.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
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The state average for Math was 83% in 2010.

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The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

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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

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The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

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The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

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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

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The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

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The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

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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.

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The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

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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%

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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.

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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%

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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 72% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

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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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

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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.

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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

 
 
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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.

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20%

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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%
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White73%
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Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant73%

Reading

All Students73%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
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

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Non-migrantn/a

Reading

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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
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Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Non-migrant36%

Reading

All Students73%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant73%

Science

All Students64%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-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
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant20%

Reading

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-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
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant73%

Reading

All Students88%
Female82%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
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-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
Economically non-disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant61%

Reading

All Students75%
Female79%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant75%

Science

All Students49%
Female48%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Non-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%
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities90%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-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%
Economically non-disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
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

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
Economically non-disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Non-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
Economically non-disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-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
Economically non-disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-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% 74%
Asian 4% 6%
Black 4% 9%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

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.

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.

Apply

 

Our records show that the deadline was February 26, 2014, but you should contact the school in case the date has changed.

 
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Planning ahead

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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