We have been so pleased with Norman Binkley! It is a wonderful school full of dedicated teachers. The school building itself has been newly renovated and is a lovely environment for learning. Each child is tested when they arrive for kindergarten and is placed in a reading group with kids on the same level. Our son started kindergarten reading CVC words and is already at an end of kindergarten/first grade level after the first semester. The test scores reported on this website are not so good (and I think they make parents worry that this is not a great school!) but I really feel that these test scores are a simply reflection of a large population of English Language learners and are not a good measure of the quality of the education. Norman Binkley is very diverse and we have found this to be a tremendous asset and wonderful learning environment for our son. I encourage every parent to take a tour!
As a parent, I am grateful my son has such wonderful friends from diverse backgrounds. He is academically challenged-- I cannot believe how much he has learned in just one year of Kindergarten! He is already at the reading level the state standards say he should be at by the end of the year and it is only February. The teachers here are so dedicated and compassionate--truly challenge students and nurture them socially and emotionally. Take a tour-- it's a beautiful environment!
My daughter just completed Kindergarten at Norman Binkley. As most parents are, we weren't sure what to expect in the first year. The faculty is wonderful! They provide a safe and fun atmosphere which facilitates learning. The teachers will challenge their students as needed, or work with them in any problem area. The school also hosts many family-oriented activities, such as movie nights, a carnival, a fun run, Dads and Doughnuts, Moms and Muffins, as well as holiday centered programs. We could not be more pleased with this elementary school!
Norman Binkley Elementary School is a great place to learn and grow! We are pleased to offer our students an outstanding group of talented educators, an MNPS model Media Center and 21st century technology in every classroom. We welcome you to stop by to tour our beautiful facility.
I had so many concerns about sending our son to this neighborhood school. Now, I can't imagine him anywhere else. A true gem in our neighborhood. I just wish more parents would give it a chance. Fabulous teachers and administration.