At St. Louis Park Public Schools, we want every student to access academic experiences that support the development and deepening of their brilliance. Enrichment provides students with the opportunity to be challenged, expand their perspectives and skills, and grow as learners and critical thinkers. Over the span of their school careers, students will engage in multiple forms of enrichment across their classes and coursework in St. Louis Park Public Schools.
Beginning in 2021, we made changes to the enrichment programming to significantly expand programming and access for all students in all grade-levels. We hold a belief that each student has untapped brilliance that can be fostered through gifted education. We have shifted from a focus on remediation to a focus on acceleration, as we believe this is what is needed to develop students' talents, skills and cognitive ability to engage at their highest levels. Thus, we replaced all pull-out remedial math and reading intervention programs with research-based enrichment programs, co-teaching, and coaching at the elementary level, as well as discontinued all pull-out remedial math and reading intervention programs at the secondary level.
K-12 Enrichment Highlights
- St. Louis Park Public Schools has a robust enrichment programs K-12.
- We provide gifted and talented programing 120 minutes a week to every K-5 student through STEAM (Science, Technology, Education and Human Development, the Arts, and Math) programming. We have eight fulltime enrichment teachers. Prior to our enrichment programming changes, a small portion of students received only 40 minutes of gifted programming per week.
- We offer more than 40 Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Concurrent College courses at the high school, significantly more than most Minnesota school districts.
St. Louis Park Public Schools has a robust elementary enrichment program that provides 120 minutes a week o f gifted and talented learning to every K-5 student through STEAM (Science, Technology, Education and Human Development, the Arts, and Math) programming
All students benefit from an education that provides strengths based, culturally relevant enrichment rather than one that intervenes based on deficits and provides remediation. We believe that each student has untapped brilliance that can be fostered through gifted education.
We receive an annual grant from the Minnesota Department of Education which allows us to provide eight full time enrichment teachers, two at each elementary school. In addition to teaching, they provide monthly professional development to elementary teachers around strategies for supporting the giftedness of students. Every school also has a literacy specialist who provides culturally relevant coaching and support for K-3 teachers, students, and classrooms.
At St. Louis Park Middle School, we believe every student comes into our classrooms having skills, gifts, brilliance, and knowledge. We want students to be able to develop, apply, and cultivate their brilliance and have it recognized.
Research and suggested practices support that programming that develops students is best done through enrichment-based and integrated learning opportunities. As we develop this approach, all students will have access to multiple pathways of education through identity, skills, criticality, intellect, and joy. This is done through individual student extensions and enrichments, allowing them to develop passion projects that extend their learning in multiple and interdisciplinary ways. The goal is to deepen complexity, instead of quantity, of work. At St. Louis Park Middle School, we strive for student growth and joy.
- Extension activities: learning experiences that take students’ understanding to a deeper level or on the next level of learning progression
- Enrichment projects: culturally relevant, interdisciplinary projects that may result in action
- Advisory: develop grade level themes through legacy projects, action projects, and community projects; student leadership opportunities
We have a talent development team and IB coordinator that provide professional development for the middle school on a monthly basis around supporting rigorous, relevant, and differentiated curriculum.
Students can take a proficiency test at any point in their middle school years to accelerate through their math curriculum if they show 85% mastery in the grade level subject.
- International Baccalaureate Middle Years Enrichment
- Other Enrichment Areas
- Elective Course Offerings & Clubs, Activities, and Youth Enrichment Programs
Interdisciplinary Units of Inquiry: Within each grade level, two different subject areas collaborate to provide students with learning experiences that cross courses. Through these learning experiences students develop a summative project where they showcase their learning from both courses. Current examples of these interdisciplinary projects include: 6th grade Stop Motion Video Design (through Music & Design), 7th Grade Change Makers (Language & Literature and Individuals & Societies), 8th Grade: Here Comes the Sun (Individuals & Societies & Science)
Required Courses: The MYP ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups: Arts (visual and performing), Design, Individuals & Societies, Language Acquisition, Language & Literature, Mathematics, Physical & Health Education and Science.
Rigorous Assessment Practices & Expectations: MYP assessment standards are consistent around the world. The emphasis of assessment is authentic, in which students must grapple with real world situations. Additionally, we employ a feedback cycle which includes common formative (during the unit) assessments with feedback in order to coach students to high levels of achievement on their summative (end of unit) assessments.
Grade Level Projects: The middle school years are a pivotal time of adolescent development. Each year, the students are expected to complete an enrichment project that focuses on a grade level theme. The themes and projects are: 6th Grade Theme: Identity (Legacy Project), 7th Grade Theme: Community (Advisory Action Project), 8th Grade Theme: Justice & Action (Community Project)
Talent Development: To build on the Talent Development program of St. Louis Park’s Elementary Schools, we aim to inspire learning beyond “because students have to”. This is done through classroom extensions of learning and enrichment projects.
Keystone: In this 8th grade design course, students will use critical thinking, inquiry, analysis, on a personal and communication to engage in deep conversations about race, culture, and identity in society. They will develop ideas, and create solutions; evaluating the effectiveness of these solutions to affect change. Action and inquiry are the heart of how we learn as we solve problems on a personal and global level. Just as the “keystone” supports the entire archway, the leadership and design Experiences that students have in this class will support their life as a whole.
Leadership Advisory: In 7th and 8th Grade, students may apply and interview to be a part of a Leadership Advisory. Once in a Leadership Advisory, students develop leadership skills, work collectively to identify action projects needed within the school, and apply their knowledge and skills to complete the action project.
Student Led Conferences: Over the course of the school year, students collect artifacts of learning in a portfolio. Semi-annually, students self-reflect on their portfolio and share their growth with their caregivers in a student-led conference. This reflection builds intrinsic motivation in learning.
Elective Courses: In addition to requiring eight different courses annually, St. Louis Park Middle School offers a robust array of elective courses for students. All eight subject areas offer different elective courses, which provides students with choices for enriching learning experiences based on their interests. See the below courses and the registration guide for options.
Course descriptions in their subject area section are listed in the course catalog.
- Individuals & Societies
- Language Acquisition
- Language and Literature
- Physical Education & Health
- Clubs, Activities, and Youth Enrichment Programs
We believe that each student has untapped brilliance that can be fostered through gifted education. Racially integrated classrooms align with our district mission and help students of all backgrounds gain valuable perspectives and experiences from their peers.
We offer more than 40 Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Concurrent College courses at the high school, significantly more than most Minnesota school districts. All high school students have the choice to engage in enrichment opportunities of interest to deepen their learning on summative assessments in language arts, social studies, science, and math. It is our goal to support each student to be successful in at least one Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or concurrent college course of their choice before graduation.
We have an Enrichment Coordinator at the high school and a strong principal instructional leader leading professional development on lesson planning.
- Advanced Placement
- Articulated College Credit (ACC)
- Concurrent Enrollment
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- Work Based Learning (WBL)
- Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Do you want to experience a college-level course in a content area you are passionate about? AP courses enable students to pursue college-level studies in several different content areas. There are no prerequisite courses to register for AP and students can choose to enroll based on their own areas of passion. In order to gain college credit for AP courses, students take an exam at the end of the school year through the College Board. Credit is dependent on the score a student earns on the exam.
- AP Calculus
- AP Pre-Calculus
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Statistics
- AP Environmental Science
- AP World History
- AP European History
- AP United States History
- AP Psychology
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Spanish Literature and Culture
Do you imagine yourself taking a career path after high school? Articulated courses are college courses offered at the high school, and taught by a trained high school teacher. These are offered in partnership with a college or university. Students who successfully complete these courses generate a high school credit. College credit(s) will be granted from the partnering postsecondary institution if the student receives 80% or higher as a final course grade and completes a course from the partnering institution(s).
- Business Innovations
- Business Operations & Management
- Computer Hardware & Software
- Construction Technologies
- Digital Artwork Design
- Digital Photo Editing
- Engineering I
- Engineering II
- Engineering III
- Health Care Core
- Health Professions Terminology
- Introduction to Accounting
- Introduction to Marketing
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Introduction to Graphic Design
- Nursing Assistant (CNA) with First Aid, CPR & AED Certification
- Woodworking I
- Woodworking II
Are you interested in taking a college level course for credit, but want to remain at SLPHS to do so? Concurrent enrollment courses are college courses offered at the high school, and taught by a trained high school teacher. These are offered in partnership with a college or university. Students who successfully complete these courses generate both high school and transcripted college credit from the partnering postsecondary institution. Students must meet concurrent enrollment eligibility requirements.
- Introduction to Exercise Science
- Exercise Physiology
- Introduction to Urban Education & Reflective Teaching
- Multicultural Education
- Statway Statistics
Are you interested in taking college level courses with a globally minded perspective? This internationally recognized program offers college-level coursework where students have the opportunity to earn college credit through an end of the year exam given by the IB. For some IB courses, a prerequisite course is required. Students have the option to take both Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) courses. Additionally, students have the ability to earn an IB Diploma by completing IB coursework across multiple content areas and fulfilling additional program requirements which engage students in college level writing and community service and action.
- Theory of Knowledge
- IB English Language and Literature SL
- IB English Literature HL
- IB Spanish Literature and Language SL
- IB French SL
- IB German SL
- IB Hebrew SL
- IB Spanish SL
- IB History SL
- IB History HL
- IB Biology HL
- IB Chemistry SL
- IB Physics SL
- AP/IB Pre-Calculus/IB SL Analysis Year 1
- AP Calc/IB Math HL Analysis
Are you interested in learning about a career field through hands-on experience and mentorship? WBL is a structured component of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum that integrates classroom instruction with productive, progressive, supervised, paid internships related to students’ career objectives. Students earn high school credits, industry-recognized certifications and credentials.
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Early Childhood Education
- Genesys Works
- HVAC Apprenticeship
- IT Apprenticeship
- Manufacturing/Engineering Apprenticeship
Are you an independent learner who is ready to engage in courses on a college campus? PSEO is a program that allows students in *10th, 11th and 12th grades to earn college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college courses at eligible postsecondary institutions. Students generate both college credit and high school credit by successful completion of the course. Students must meet the PSEO eligibility requirements. Use this link for additional information.
*PSEO for 10th-Graders are Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses.