St. Louis Park Public Schools is steeped in a strong
tradition of excellence and community support. Our brand is based on five key components:
Ethnicity Breakdown (As of February 2017):
|American Indian/Alaskan Native
|Black, no Hispanic
|White, not Hispanic
Teaching & Learning Philosophy
As a District, we focus on racial equity in all we do. We
engage in dialogue that isolates race and makes intentional connections to what
is personal, local, and immediate for us and for
our learners in our classrooms
and programs every day. Most importantly, we use what we know about ourselves
to inform our work with learners.
Bundling our examination of race and instructional
practices, often referred to as adaptive and technical skills, is what makes a
difference in our classrooms and programs each and every day.
At the end of the day, we want all of our students,
especially our Black, Brown and Indigenous students, to have a personal and
academic identity that prepares them for a future of possibilities. We do this
by offering multiple pathways to college and career readiness. Our
International Baccalaureate, Immersion, Advanced Placement, Academy Classes,
and offer a large variety of learning experiences grounded in rigor and
Our goal is to close the racial achievement gap and become
the least demographically predicable public school district in Minnesota guides
our work in Teaching and Learning. We created an elementary redesign model that
systematically and systemically changes outcomes for learners beginning in
Kindergarten. Each year, we examine practices and outcomes and collaboratively
develop a plan of action. We have seen impressive academic results in the grade
levels that have gone through this redesign process. As part of this work we
have also developed a district-wide approach to reading and math intervention,
added instructional and equity coaches, and make a commitment to investing in
increasing the capacity of all of our educators and leaders.
In our secondary schools, we examine teaching practices and
student outcomes in math, science, and language arts on an ongoing basis. Again
this is done through systematic and systemic changes aligned with academic
outcomes and best practices to ensure student success. We include opportunities
for research, exploration, and inquiry across content areas to make learning
real and relevant.
In support of the District mission, we continually evaluate
student outcomes and align instruction, curriculum, and assessment in a
culturally relevant manner. We strive to create learning environments that are
nurturing, safe, and inviting each and every day.
Some facts about our students:
- Residents of St. Louis Park make up 83% of the
District’s student population, while the other 17% are open-enrolled students.
- English Language Learners make up 11% of the student
- St. Louis Park students speak 49 different home
- 36.1 percent of the student population qualifies for
free and reduced meal prices.
- 11.2 percent of the student population qualifies for
Special Education services.
- 10.1 percent of the student population participates in
the District’s Gifted and Talented Programs.
St. Louis Park Public Schools are closing the racial
achievement gap and are laser focused on ensuring that all students reach their
full college and career potential.
The District is committed to becoming the most demographically
unpredictable school district in Minnesota.
St. Louis Park High School boasts a 93% four-year graduation
rate for all students; including a 91% graduation rate for Black students and a
95% graduation rate for Hispanic students.
In order to effectively
monitor student achievement, St. Louis Park Schools uses a variety of
measurement tools. A few examples include:
- National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP) –
Results are reported for the state and not available by individual school
district. Results are used by the state to assess its performance against other
- Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) – Like other
Minnesota schools, St. Louis Park students take the MCA exams. The MCA exams
identify if students have met grade level requirements outlined in the academic
areas of math, reading, and science.
- NWEA Measures of Academic Progress – The Northwest
Evaluation Association (NWEA) assessment indicates instructional level and
measures academic growth from year to year in mathematics, reading and science
for individual students.
- WIDA for English Language Learners (EL) – World-class
Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) is a federally mandated test to
monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English language proficiency.
- St. Louis Park Public Schools also does a variety of
reading and math proficiency assessments in grades K-5, offer the ACT to all
students, and administer a variety of IB, and AP exams in the high school.
- St. Louis Park High School students consistently post
ACT scores higher than the Minnesota state average. 2016 mean scores: English
(21.3), Math (21.2), Reading (22.4), Science (21.7), and Composite (21.8).
Merit: Three St. Louis Park High School students
were named semifinalists for the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The St. Louis Park Public
Schools’ financial position remains financially sound. The District’s unreserved fund balance
is approximately 13% of unreserved expenses. The student enrollment has grown over the last few years and
is projected to grow slightly to help to maintain the district’s financial
condition. The District is very
fortunate to have a history of strong community support.
Awards & Honors
The nationally recognized and federally funded Building
Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) program got its start in St. Louis Park High School. The BARR
program is a student-centered school model aimed at ensuring 9th
grade students are on a beneficial pathway to graduation. BARR recently
received a $20 million grant to expand the model to at least 116 schools across
the country over the next five years.
St. Louis Park Public Schools is also a pioneer in
developing an Elementary Counseling Program and bringing Science to the
elementary schools through an initial grant funded by Cargill to introduce the
Engineering is Elementary program.
Historically, several St. Louis Park Public Schools have
been designated as U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools.
This past year, The Washington
ranked St. Louis Park High School as the 4th highest rated
high school in Minnesota.
St. Louis Park Public Schools has strong community ties and
is valued and trusted partner in numerous initiatives. Unique partnerships exist with:
Children First: A philosophy
that started in St. Louis Park in 1992 that focuses on positive
character-building traits; targets all St. Louis Park youth, birth through 18
years old; and calls everyone to support our young people.
Park Nicollet Foundation – Central Clinic: Located at the Central Community Center, the Central
Clinic offers healthcare to children from infancy through high school at
no-charge. The clinic also offers no-charge and low-cost dental and mental
health care. Park Nicollet Foundation funds this clinic.