Minneapolis public elementary schools

In the fall of 2010, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) begins its first new school year after a major district restructuring.

A new system for elementary schools ensures every child in Minneapolis has a guaranteed seat in a community school near their home, plus access to at least three magnet schools. Those magnet schools offer specialized educational programs, like Montessori, open, language immersion, International Baccalaureate and fine arts.

Tightened attendance rules mean location has a lot to do with school choice. Families can still choose any school in the city — if there’s room — but they are only offered transportation to their attendance area options.(Attendance rules are less strict for students in special education or English Language Learner programs.)
To learn more about a specific school, visit during an open house or call to schedule a tour. The school choice fair for 2010–2011 is Jan. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

The online school choice center (schoolchoice.mpls.k12.mn.us/) was not updated at press time. To learn about new attendance boundaries, go to: mpls.k12.mn.us/Changing_School_Options.html. Program options at individual school sites may change before next fall. Check with MPS for updates in the coming months.
MPS enrollment figures were not final when the guide was assembled in October, but an effort was made to update enrollment counts with school officials.

PUBLIC COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

BRYN MAWR  
252 Upton Ave. S.
668-2500
brynmawr.mpls.k12.mn.us
Grades/Program: K–5/High Five through 5th grade
Enrollment: 350
Attendanc area: Bryn Mawr
Principal: Renee Montague
Tours: Call to schedule
School day: 7:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.
Extended day: School-age childcare on-site, after school tutoring, after school band for 4th and 5th graders.

BURROUGHS
1601 W. 50th St.
668-3280
burroughs.mpls.k12.mn.us
Grades/Program: K–5, ELL, special ed., Mpls KIDS, University Language Center, Advanced Placement
Enrollment: 700
Attendance area: Lynnhurst and Tangletown.
Principal: Tim Cadotte
Tours: Call to schedule
School day: 8:40 a.m.–2:55 p.m.
Extended day: School-age childcare on-site, afterschool classes including band, orchestra, Spanish and Lego League.

JEFFERSON
1200 W. 26th St.
668-2720
jefferson.mpls.k12.mn.us
Grades/Programs: K–8/ECSE, High Five, DCD, ASD programming
Enrollment: 550
Attendance area: All of Whittier, as well as parts of The Wedge, CARAG and Stevens Square.
Principal: Ray Aponte
Tours: Call family liaison at 668-2749 to arrange an individual tour during the school day
School day: 9:40 a.m.­–3:55 p.m.
Extended day: School-age childcare onsite; after-school activities

KENNY
5720 Emerson Ave. S.
668-3340; kenny.mpls.k12.mn.us
Grades/Programs: K–5/ECSE
Enrollment: 300
Attendance area: Armatage, Kenny and Windom.
Principal: Bill Gibbs
Tours: Call to schedule
School day: 8:05 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
Extended day: School-age childcare on-site, after-school activities on certain dates

KENWOOD
2013 Penn Ave. S.
668-2760
kenwood.mpls.k12.mn.us
Grades/Programs: K–5
Enrollment: 420
Attendance area: All of Kenwood, Lowry Hill, ECCO, CIDNA, West Calhoun and East Isles, as well as parts of CARAG, The Wedge and Stevens Square.
Principal: Susan Craig
Tours: Call the community liaison, 668-2778, for tour information
School day: 7:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.
Extended day: Rec Plus after-school daycare through Kenwood Park, Spanish program Mondays and Wednesdays
Additional notes: School stresses fine arts performance. The PTA gives grants to provide arts residencies at all grade levels. Spanish is offered as a second language through an after school program.

LAKE HARRIET
Lower Campus
4030 Chowen Ave. S.
668-3210
Upper Campus
4912 Vincent Ave. S.
668-3310
lakeharriet.mpls.k12.mn.us
Grades/Programs: K–2, special ed., Mpls KIDS at lower campus; 3–8, special ed., community ed. at upper campus.
Enrollment: 396 at lower campus, 616 at upper campus
Attendance area: Linden Hills and Fulton.
Principal: Mary Rynchek
Tours: Call 668-3210 for tour dates and to arrange an individual tour
School day: Lower campus, 9:35 a.m.–3:50 p.m.; upper campus, 9:40 a.m.–3:55 p.m.
Extended day: Spanish, other activities

LYNDALE
312 W. 34th St.
668-4000
lyndale.mpls.k12.mn.us
Grades/Programs: K–5/High Five through 5th grade, ECSE, ELL, autism
Enrollment: 417
Attendance area: All of Kingfield, East Harriet and Lyndale, as well as parts of CARAG.
Principal: Ossie James
Tours: Call to schedule
School day: 8:40 a.m.–2:55 p.m.
Extended day: After-school activities available

SOUTHWEST-AREA PUBLIC MAGNET SCHOOLS (K–5, K–8)

ARMATAGE MONTESSORI
2501 W. 56th St.
668-3180
armatage.mpls.k12.mn.us
Grades/Program: K–5 Montessori education, special ed.
Enrollment: 527
Principal: Joan Franks
Tours: Call to schedule
School day: 7:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.
Extended day: After school activities available

BARTON OPEN
4237 Colfax Ave. S.
668-3580
Grades/Program: K–8/open school magnet, ELL, Mpls KIDS
Enrollment: Around 785
Principal: Steven DeLapp
Tours: Parent-led tours start in November
School day: 7:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

EMERSON SPANISH IMMERSION LEARNING CENTER
1421 Spruce Place
(moving in 2010 to 256 Upton Ave. S.)
668-3610
Grades/Program: Full-day K–8/Dual Language Immersion
(English and Spanish), ELL
Enrollment: 560
Principal: Mark Quinn
Tours: Call Barb Berg at 668-3617
to schedule
School day: 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

FAIR SCHOOL DOWNTOWN
10 S. 10th St.
752-7100
Grades/Program: K–12/enrolls students from 11 west metro districts, utilizes best teaching practices from each, fine arts focused, all-day kindergarten
Enrollment: 490
Principal: Kevin Bennett
Tours: Call to scheduleSchool day:
8:40 a.m.–3:10 p.m. 

RAMSEY INTERNATIONAL FINE ARTS CENTER
1 W. 49th St.
668-4040
Grades/Program: K–8/International Fine Arts magnet wherein all students take Spanish, grades 1–6 play instruments, grades 6–8 have music options; autism, ELL, Mpls KIDS
Enrollment: 908
Principal: Dr. Karen Hart
Tours: Call Lisa McLean at 668-4062
School day: 9:40 a.m.–3:55 p.m.
Extended day: School-age childcare on-site.

WHITTIER INTERNATIONAL ELEMENTARY
315 W. 26th St.
668-4170
Grades/Program: K–5/High Five, IB
Enrollment: 546
Principal: Dr. Shawn Harris-Berry
Tours: Call to schedule
School day: 9:40 a.m.–3:55 p.m.
Extended day: 18-months-to-kindergarten childcare on-site. Mpls KIDS

WINDOM SPANISH DUAL IMMERSION
5821 Wentworth Ave. S.
668-3370
Grades/Program: pre-K–5/High Five, English/Spanish dual immersion
Enrollment: 472
Principal: Lucilla Yira
Tours: Call to schedule  
School day: 7:35 a.m.–1:45 p.m.