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Garlough Elementary School

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Posted December 3, 2013

My son started first grade at Garlough this year. We are outside of the district and we toured several schools before deciding on GEMS. I am glad we went with our gut and sent him here. We have been extremely happy with the level of dedication the teachers show--the principal is very talented--the school is orderly, clean, and warm. I have volunteered numerous times--and the kids always seem calm, happy and well behaved! I love the diversity and I love the focus of the school. I should also mention that the front desk staff are kind and friendly and have gone out of their way to help. Also, Mrs. Zimmel, the gym teacher is a favorite. Lots of great teachers that we are only beginning to know--we are glad to plant roots here through our two boys' elementary years. I was compelled to write this today because as I dropped off my son, a teacher was playing piano in the hallway and people were stopping over and singing with her. When we started in the fall, the teachers were lined up outside the school singing to us as we entered. A happy, fun school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2013

We love Garlough!! I have 3 boys at the school. In making the transition from homeschooling to school, we were looking for a safe, friendly environment where their creativity and varying abilitiy levels would be nutured. I have been so impressed with the testing that was done at the beginning of the year to see where they were at acedemically. In areas where they excel, they are continuing to be challenged and in areas where they can use extra support, that is also provided. They are continually excited about learning, never bored! I also wanted a place where their high energy would be seen as an asset rather than a problem. Garlough has so many opportunities for hands on, exploratory learning, and fostering their natural curiosity. For my boys, the best part is how much they get to move: Going outside to sketch the clouds, moving in the classroom (dancing/stretching) while they review concepts, roller blading in gym. They are active all day long! For me, tne best thing about Garlough is how connected and proud they feel about their school. They know that they are cared about by their teachers, counselors and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2013

I went "against the grain" in choosing Garlough Environmental and have nothing but positive things to say about this school! It has a very dedicated staff, diverse student population of students, pets in every room, therapy dogs, and a playground that promotes creative learning. The school is surrounded by trails and forest not to mention the partnership with Dodge Nature Center. These kids are learning measurements by reaching their hands into a frozen lake. They are grasping the importance of local and organic farming by growing their own vegetables and cooking with them. My child is so happy! She is learning difficult math an science concepts and enjoying every moment. The school really stresses kindness and acceptance. This is something you can sense when you walk in the school and observe students. Don't let some of the scores fool you. I worried about that too. It should also be mentioned that one of their K teachers(Ms Saatzer) was chosen as one of 15 primary teachers in the US to recieve an outstanding award from Obama. Take a tour! You'll see! A++++!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

Great School! The staff, The Principal and families are wonderful. A great education is guaranteed!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

Don't be fooled by the lower Great Schools rating for Garlough - this school is truly a gem! Many of the children are bilingual - of course they will not score as high (on MCA tests) as those who only speak one language. My third grader received the education he needed to meet and exceed the MCA standards. My kindergartener is reading like a champ and loves going to school. Both boys favorite day is when they have a class with one of the naturalists from Dodge Nature Center. The curriculum is engaging and pulls the children into the learning process. The principal knows every child in the school by name and is tireless in her efforts. The teachers are all dedicated and really care about the kids. This is an awesome school. Jill Walsh, parent
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Posted April 2, 2008

Garlough Elementary school this year has transitioned into an environmental magnet schoool and is now Garlough Environmental Magnet School or G.E.M.S. It is remodeled with a new computer lab and library. Ratings in previous years do not reflect the energy, effort of all staff to fully integrate students in the new curriculum in conjunction with with Dodge Nature Center and its staff. As a parent of a first grader the school provides a caring positive environment often missing from many schools. Any sceptecism I had about the value of having my 7 year old at Garlough has been eliminated by experiencing the work of the principal, teachers and staff, first hand and in particular the quality of after school care provided. As the environmental curriculum is implemented in the next few years more positive ratings will result from the schools new environmental mission. Simply see for yourself. Tim McCarthy
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Posted July 4, 2006

My girls goto garlough 1 in 2nd grade grade the other one is going to 5th and i am very happy with the progress that they both have. I am also happy with the way they treat the kids and the way that they greet the parents and the shows they do when they start the school year and at the end of the school year. They also have a very through followup when a kid is absent from school. Thanks for the education that you have giving my girls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2003

My son is in Kindergarten at Garlough. I like that he is learning about other cultures and that they are teaching him Spanish. He loves to come home and tell me what he learned at school.
—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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students59%
Female61%
Male57%
Black80%
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners28%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students51%
Female53%
Male50%
Black50%
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners23%
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant51%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%
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 Students71%
Female64%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners48%
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant71%

Reading

All Students57%
Female49%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners35%
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant57%
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 Students66%
Female68%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners43%
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant66%

Reading

All Students49%
Female63%
Male33%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners23%
Proficient in English68%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 48% 7%
White 36% 73%
Black 10% 9%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 66%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Susan Powell
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  • (651) 403-8110

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1740 Charlton St
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