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Matoska International

Public | K-5 | 529 students

 

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Posted February 7, 2014

We have two kids at Matoska International. We have generally had a very positive experience here. While every family has their own experience and relationship with their child's teacher, we have loved nearly every teacher our kids have had. The arts program is top notch, the more recent attention to science and technology (regular use of Google drive and math and reading apps on new laptops, for example) is trending positive, and we appreciate the focus on character development and the 'whole child' that an IB focus brings. It's true that older families (like ours) may reminisce about the Centerpoint days. It's true it's not entirely parent choice as Centerpoint was. There are kids for whom this is their neighborhood school. We don't view that as a bad thing. We have been very active with this school, have put a lot of volunteer energy into the success of the kids and programs, and we have gotten out of it what we have put in. Our kids have grown academically and socially, have been nurtured and loved by a great group of teachers, specialists, and staff, and we have never felt anything but safe. Communication is strong, and you won't find a more involved group of parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

Unfortunately, this school has huge problems with behavior and feeling like a safe environment for their students. They also struggle with testing scores, but always seem to have "excuses" as to why their scores are lower. It once was a fantastic school, and K-1 are excellent. The problems begin with 2-5. Students are NOT challenged at their level and parents have taken their time to go in and teach their higher learners in the hallways. Technology is also not a priority within the entire district. They have a 5 year plan, but it's too little, too late. They are behind in technology, bragging that a SmartBoard in every classroom is their answer. Sadly, disappointed parent. Had REALLY high hopes in the first couple of years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

This school is amazing. The staff is amazing. The kids are amazing. The school is going through tremendous transitions, with the whole community pitching in and making strides to creating a safe, nurturing environments for young minds to expand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The staff are dedicated< approachable< brilliant and hardworking. They are very welcoming to families and go above and beyond to reach every child and teach them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2008

I really enjoy Parkview. My kids get the extra help they need it when they need it. I think the Kindergarten needs a little help to be less like Centerpoint and more like Parkview. I have three kids in Parkview right now. Becky Peterson is an excellent school coordinator. The Parkview PTO is awesome. Some of the teachers that I think excel at their jobs are Mrs. Walzinski and Mr. Pai. Your kid will get the attention they need here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

I have been a Parkview parent for 5 1/2 years and I couldn't be more pleased with my children's accomplishments. The Parkview staff is highly motivated to educate and shape the students into positive learners and responsible cizitens. While no school is perfect, Parkview teachers and staff are constantly striving to find ways to improve. Some examples include reaching out to community senior groups for mentors and working with local organizations, like the YMCA, to offer swimming lessons and after school programs. Kids are encouraged to become active in their community and to be good role models for the younger students. They take these jobs very seriously and are proud of their accomplishments. I have no doubt my children will be happy, succesful, and confident individuals. Thank you Parkview staff! Job well done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2006

After a month of kindergarten for my little girl, I am becoming very disgruntled about Parkview (this is not Centerpoint; even though they are in the same building, there should be separate entries here). We have made an active effort to educate our girl long before she started kindergarten. She can read and write, do basic math, knows basic zoological classifications, astronomy, geography, etc. When I inquire about how Parkview evaluates and places children according to ability, the answer was basically, 'by age'. There is little, if any, outreach by the school (and this is district wide) to the parents, beyond registration and requiring medical records and emergency contacts. All they do in kindergarten is color and paint and play. They have not even started teaching the letters of the alphabet, much less reading. There are five computers in the class, but they are not allowed to use them. My
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2005

My children attend Centerpoint, the district-wide parent choice school within a school at the Parkview building. Centerpoint is an outstanding program because the teachers deal with students as individuals, parent involvement is extremely high, and the teachers are constantly striving to improve education for all students. Parent input is not only allowed, it is an integral part of the Centerpoint program. Parent volunteers lead book and writing clubs, K-5 family groups, art enrichment, and publish students' written stories. Curiosity is nurtured, literacy is paramount, and students are treated as whole individuals. My son loves school. Even after nearly three years, he still runs excitedly to the bus stop every morning. There is no greater gift that a school can give its students than that love of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2003

Our children went to a catholic grade school last year, then to Parkview. I found that this school is about a full year behind the catholic school in most all subjects! The combining of grades, such as 3&4, and 5&6 for various classes is not fair to brighter students and holds the learning process back for average students. The teaching of certain subjects, such as science for only half the school year, then switching to another subject stinks also. I found the attitude of the Principal, as one of strict authority and parents were not particularly welcome to mention any positive ways to improve learning for their kids, that the teachers and principal have it all under control, and that there is no room for improvement. If I were to rate this school overall, I would give it a 'D-.'
—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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
35%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male71%
Black9%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Economically non-disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant75%
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 Students75%
Female80%
Male71%
Black10%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant75%
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 Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant87%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

92 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 60% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%
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 Students78%
Female78%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Economically non-disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant78%

Reading

All Students56%
Female56%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Economically non-disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant56%
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 Students65%
Female67%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Economically non-disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant65%

Reading

All Students57%
Female57%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Economically non-disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Non-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 Students63%
Female74%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Economically non-disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Non-migrant63%

Reading

All Students69%
Female80%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Economically non-disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant69%

Science

All Students72%
Female77%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Economically non-disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant72%
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
White 78% 74%
Black 8% 9%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian 2% 6%
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 32%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • John Leininger
Fax number
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White Bear Lake, MN 55110
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