Burroughs Community School becomes first elementary school to team with College Board

Burroughs Community School in the Lynnhurst neighborhood has become the first elementary school in the country to form a partnership with the College Board, a national organization devoted to preparing students for college.

Its most recognizable programs are the SAT and PSAT tests and Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, which it administers.

As part of the partnership, school staff members received several days of training last month on a special curriculum that delivers high-level thinking skills including problem-solving and advanced math and reading analysis that usually would be taught in later grades, said Burroughs Principal Tim Cadotte.

Typically, the College Board provides support to secondary schools through programs and services related to college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, teaching and learning, according to its website at www.collegeboard.com.

Cadotte said he sought to team with the board because it’s aligned with the school’s student body. “Students who attend Burroughs are hungry for deeper and broader things, and they want to know more,” he said.

It also reflects the school’s mission for academic excellence and focus on advanced placement opportunities.

“It’s never too early to start talking to children about attending college,” he said.

The College Board encourages focusing on teaching students how to be better problem solvers and critical thinkers with advanced skills in reading and math.

Burroughs has an AP program in grades 3-5 and a pre-AP program in the earlier grades. The pre-AP classes are open to everyone while the more rigorous AP instruction is based on strict criteria.

For more information about Burroughs Community School, check out www.mpls.k12.mn.us. To learn more about the College Board, visit www.collegeboard.com.