Edina School of the Month: Cornelia Elementary

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Friday, August 7th, 2015 at 11:05am.

We haven’t figured out if there’s something in the water in Edina or what, but our schools are among the best in the state. Buying a home near an ISD 273 school assures that it will hold its value better than were you to purchase a home in a poor-performing school district.

This month we highlight another of Edina Public School District’s elementary schools, Cornelia Elementary. Serving nearly 560 students in grades K through 5, Cornelia employs 42 full-time teachers, giving it the lowest student-teacher ratio in the district, about 13:1.

Ratings and Test Scores

GreatSchools.org awards Cornelia nine stars out of a possible 10 and SchoolDigger.com gives it four out of five.

2013 was the last year that Cornelia’s 5th graders bested both the state and district averages on the math portion of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Series III exams (MCAIII). In 2015, 64.6 percent of the school’s 5th graders met or exceeded the math standards compared to 80.7 percent in the state. The students did outrank the district, however, at 59.7 percent.

These students fared better in reading, with 80.2 percent meeting or exceeding the standards. The state’s average is 87.3 and the district’s is 66.7.

Parents give the school high praise for its excellent teaching staff and the inclusive atmosphere. Cornelia Elementary ranks 92nd of 806 elementary schools in Minnesota.

Student Services and Activities

Cornelia Elementary school is located on a 25-acre site and offers a playground, ball fields, tennis courts and skating rinks. The school offers the following services:

  • English as a second language
  • Special Education
  • Speech/Language specialists
  • Gifted/Talented Program
  • Social Worker

Homes for Sale near Cornelia Elementary

If you’re just moving to Edina and wish to buy a home within walking distance to Cornelia Elementary, consider looking at those along tree-lined Cornelia and Mavelle Drives. The homes on Cornelia are typically priced over $500,000 while those on Mavelle Drive are significantly less expensive.

Cornelia Elementary is holding its open house on August 27 this year, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for the kids and parents to meet the teachers, smoothing the transition from the summer break back into the school year.

Cornelia’s first day of school is August 31. Find a supply list on the school’s website.

Cornelia Elementary School is located at 7000 Cornelia Drive in Edina. Contact the school by calling (952) 848-4600.



Image courtesy of EdinaSchools.org

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