Because Minneapolis Public Schools extended the deadline for parents and guardians to fill out kindergarten choice forms until Feb. 28, there are a number of January and February open houses and school tours this year.
Here is a list for Southwest-area schools. One note – times sometimes change, so call the school to confirm.
Armatage Community School & Montessori School
2501 W. 56th St., 668-3180. Grades K-5.
Tours: Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. through Feb. 23. Please call 668-3180 to reserve a spot.
Open house: Thursday, Jan. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Barton Open School
4237 Colfax Ave. S., 668-3580. Grades K-8.
Tours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. through Feb. 24. Call 668-3580 to sign up.
Burroughs Community School
1501 W. 50th St., 668-3280. Grades K-5.
Tours: Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 11, 13, 18, 20 and 25; Feb. 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22 and 24; all begin at 9 a.m.
Kindergarten information night: Feb. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
Hale Community School
1220 E. 54th St. 668-3760. Grades K-4 (paired with Field, a Grade 5-8 school).
Tours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. through Feb. 24 except Jan. 27 and Feb. 10. Call 668-3760 to reserve a spot.
(Available to parents in the Kingfield and East Harriet neighborhoods, which have no designated community school.)
Interdistrict Downtown School
10 S. 10th St. Grades K-12.
(The school is part of a multidistrict consortium that includes the Minneapolis Public Schools and is open to Minneapolis kids.)
Tours: At 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday when school is in session. Please be prompt.
Jefferson Community School
1200 W. 26th St., 668-2720. Grades K-8.
Tours: Any day at 10 a.m. or noon. Call Heather Vick at 668-2749.
Note: The school would also like to invite potential newcomers to an event on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. There will be dinner, storytelling, a book fair and literature-based activities.
Kenny Community School
5720 Emerson Ave. S., 668-3340. Grades K-5.
Tours: Wednesday at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. through Feb. 24.
Open house: Tuesday, Feb. 15, time to be announced, probably 7 p.m. Call shortly before the event for exact times.
Kenwood Community School/Performing Arts Magnet
2013 Penn Ave. S., 668-2760. Grades K-5.
Tours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. through Feb. 24. Other times available; call 668-2778.
Information Night/Open House: Thursday, Feb. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lake Harriet Community School
4030 Chowen Ave. S., 668-3210. Grades K-2 (paired with upper campus, 4912 Vincent Ave. S., that has Grades 3-8).
Tours: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m. through Feb. 24. Call to sign up.
Lyndale Community School
312 W. 34th St., 668-4000. Grades K-5.
Times not set yet; call school for updated info.
Park View Montessori
(Next year, the K-6 Park View program will be housed at Bryn Mawr Community School, 252 Upton Ave. S. For now, tours take place at the current 2225 Zenith Ave. N. location in Golden Valley.)
Tours: call 763-521-9882 for information and scheduling.
Open house: Thursday, Jan. 27, 3-7 p.m., Golden Valley location.
Ramsey International Fine Arts Center
1 W. 49th St. 668-4040. Grades K-8.
Tours are done during the school day rather than at an evening open house. They happen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 24. Call 668-4040 to get on the schedule.
Whittier School for the Arts
315 W. 26th St., 668-4170. Grades K-5.
Tours: Call 668-4170 to schedule a personal tour. The school expects crowds because it is becoming a magnet school next year and adding the district’s first elementary-level International Baccalaureate program.
Open house: Thursday, Jan. 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Windom Spanish Dual Immersion/Windom Open School
5821 Wentworth Ave. S., 668-3370.
Tours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. through Feb. 24, except for Thursday, Feb. 10 tour, which will be at 10 a.m. Call
668-3370 if those dates don’t work for your schedule.
Open house: Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.