Minneapolis School Finder

From school climate and culture to curriculum…  

Find a school that meets all of your child’s needs

Great schools help students feel more connected to school, learn more and have a sense of ownership of their school experience. Many local schools have the academics and culture in place to meet students’ needs (and sadly, many schools fall short year after year).

These tools, in addition to Minneapolis School Finder, can help your family find – or deepen your relationship at – your best-fit school.

 

  • 4Fams via The 74 Million – a site that helps parents better understand, appreciate and engage with their child’s school

 

  • Useful tips and resources for families, brought to you by EdNavigator – our friends in New Orleans publish parents’ rights, how to advocate which teacher your child gets as well as on other

  • Learning Heroes offers fun (and free) activities designed to help support your child's learning, including how well they're prepared for the next grade level.

And through engaging nearly 100 families, advocates and researchers, we’ve compiled the following questions and items to weigh when exploring schools or needing some helping advocating within a school where your child is enrolled.  

In great schools, teacher-student relationships matter. They’re also positive and healthy.

Questions to ask:

  1. Do students feel connected to school, including teachers and school policies? In what ways?

  2. How does the school reflect my family’s culture (e.g., overall environment, teachers of color, text books)? If they don’t, are they willing to do so?

Some ideas of what to look for or ask further about:

  • Teacher-student relationships are positive
  • Teachers have say in what & how they teach – and like how learning is measured

  • Students feel attracted to/excited by offered and content learned

Great schools demonstrate that all kids can learn and thrive.

Questions to ask schools:

  1. How do you communicate academic and non-academic goals to families throughout the school year?

  2. Are students making adequate progress? Does learning integrate academics, cultural understanding and social emotional learning?  

Some ideas of what to look for:

  • Learning focuses on real-world experiences – like social justice or present-day jobs

  • Students learn things of interest to them – passions or hobbies related to their dreams/goals

  • Social emotional learning – managing emotions, healthy relationships, empathy – and cultural understanding are integrated into all learning – and measured

In great schools, educators can make important decisions that best meet the needs of students at their school.

Questions to ask schools:

  1. Do students have a voice in their education? How?
  2. Is learning constructed together, between teachers, students and families?

Some ideas of what to look for or ask further about:

  • Students and families help create the school’s mission, norms and policies
  • Students and families have input into decisions about what is taught, how it’s taught and how learning is measured

  • Teachers have the ability to select curriculum – and decide what and how students learn