2011 School Guide
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When it comes to choosing the right school, one size doesn’t fit all. Some students thrive in large schools, where they’re able to enjoy a wide variety of class selections, student organizations, and social options. Other students prefer a small school, where they’ll receive more individual attention, lower student-to-teacher ratios, and opportunities to work closely with the same group of classmates. Some schools are liberal; others are conservative. Some are more diverse than others. Students should not only look at tuition, but whether or not a school meets their varied interests, values, and goals. We provide a snapshot of some of the best schools around—both K-12 and post-secondary—to help you narrow your search.
Ages of Kinderberry Hill children: 6 weeks to 5 years
2011-12 tuition: Varies by location and age group
Application deadline: Rolling
Locations: Six locations (Eden Prairie, Woodbury, Roseville, Edina, Plymouth, and downtown Minneapolis).
Unique programs: The SEEDS of School Readiness emergent literacy program is incorporated into the Kinderberry Hill curriculum for infants through pre-kindergarteners.
We encourage our students to... learn through participation in a wide variety of carefully planned activities, customized to meet the unique needs of each child enrolled in the Kinderberry Hill program.
Our school is unique because... we are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC), the “gold standard” for the assessment of quality in an early childhood learning program.
Lake Country School
Who we are: An independent Montessori school located in south Minneapolis. Founded in 1976, we currently serve approximately 300 children between the ages of 3 and 15.
Our graduates are:
• Passionate and engaged in the world. They are enthusiastic!
• Productive. They know how to work and how to get work done.
• Self-reliant and independent. They know how to initiate and how to follow through.
• Knowledgeable. They can bring a variety of experiences to bear on a problem.
• Problem solvers. They know how to look for solutions.
• Curious and interested in everything. They are lifelong learners.
• Compassionate. They care about others and have a strong sense of justice and responsibility.
• Dreamers who can set and achieve goals. They know how to articulate a dream and make a plan.
• Independent thinkers who aren’t afraid to ask hard questions.
• Seekers who have the confidence and curiosity to go after what they need to know.
Collaborative. They know how to work with others and how to live well in a diverse community.
• Self-confident, sometimes quietly so.
www.lakecountryschool.org • Minneapolis • 612-827-3707
The International School of Minnesota
2011-12 tuition: Varies from $8,450 (half-day preschool) to $16,450 (grades 9-12).
Application deadline: Rolling
Who we are: A private, non-denominational, college-preparatory school for students age 3-18.
Unique programs: World language: Spanish and French are an intrinsic part of the daily curriculum, starting in preschool. Chinese is offered as an elective.
We encourage our students to... participate in a multitude of opportunities. ISM students are encouraged to take part in athletics, performing arts, robotics, debate team, math team, community service, and travel ventures (just to name a few).
Our school is unique because... we are part of the SABIS® School Network; one of 75 schools worldwide whose roots date back to 125 years. We are steeped in a legacy of rigorous academics and multicultural diversity.
One more thing: ISM test scores are consistently higher than local and national averages.
www.internationalschoolmn.com • Eden Prairie • 952-918-1800
2011-12 tuition: $12,000 - $15,000
Our educational philosophy: We are a college preparatory school committed to high quality education, integrating Christian faith and learning. We encourage our students to achieve the highest of academic standards, while discovering and developing their God given talents and gifts.
How does your philosophy shape the daily curriculum and activities? Faith is a vibrant and visible part of life at Minnehaha Academy throughout the curriculum, service learning, athletics, fine arts, and clubs, in addition to being the strongest component in shaping student character. We allow students to ask questions and explore ideas as they grow in their faith.
How is learning encouraged? Recognizing that there are many different ways to learn, we provide activities for auditory, visual, tactile and kinesthetic learners. Small-class sizes allow for students to be individually challenged and encouraged. Each classroom has multiple types of interactive technology, including iPads.
Unique programs: Classroom technology - interactive whiteboards at all age levels; award-winning AP program covering 21 subject exams—chosen as the top school in the state for our advanced placement math and science program 2007-2009; week-long cultural immersion experience program for grades 9-11, Senior Capstone—senior level course examining important matters that integrate academics and faith; elementary school specialists teach Spanish, computer, music, art and physical education; advisory program to support middle school students academically, socially and emotionally; extended day and summer programs.
How does a parent best prepare his/her child for your school? Parents should promote reading and writing activities as much as possible, as they are major focuses throughout all of the grades at Minnehaha Academy. Parents should also encourage students to seek opportunities that emphasize group collaboration and develop independent thinking skills.
www.minnehahaacademy.net • Minneapolis • 612-728-7756
Minnetonka Public Schools
Total full-time enrollment: 8,500
Average class sizes: 22 - elementary and 26 - secondary
Open enrollment: The application deadline for open enrollment is January 15 of each year. The application is available in November.
Unique programs: Rigorous advanced placement courses and a college counselor at the high school help 92 percent of students advance onto college. The middle school is one of the few schools in the state that offers accelerated courses in every core subject. And Chinese or Spanish immersion is offered on the elementary level along with the Navigators program for the exceptionally gifted beginning in third grade.
We encourage our students to... find and pursue their passion for excellence.
Our schools are unique because... we’re a national leader in using technology to accelerate learning and the results are clear.
One more thing: we know that each child is unique and we know that every parent wants the best education for their child. So do we.
Step By Step Montessori
Who we are: We started out in 1991 as a group of Montessori schools and child care centers with four locations. Since then we have grown to include four additional schools and eight locations in the Minneapolis metro.
Ages of Step by Step children: 6 weeks to 6 years
Locations: Brooklyn Park, Chaska, Corcoran, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Southdale, St. Anthony, and Wayzata
We believe in… using Montessori materials to allow children to explore practical life, sensory perception, reading and writing abilities, mathematical skills, geographical areas, and elements of botany and zoology as well as enrichment programs in music and foreign language. We believe fine arts are a part of the classroom curriculum and this strengthens the child’s awareness of their own creativity and the diversity of others.
Unique programs: In addition to the regular school day, families may elect to have their children participate in dance, computer, or field trips.
www.stepbystepmontessori.com • 763-557-6777