Edina School of the Month: Normandale Elementary

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 10:10am.

 

One thing that Edina-ites are proud of is their schools – there’s not a stinker in the bunch. This month we salute Normandale Elementary School, serving more than 650 students in grades K through 5. Normandale employs 32 full-time teachers so the school has a student-teacher ratio of about 20:1.

Student Services and Activities

Normandale Elementary is a French immersion school so although the curriculum is identical to other elementary schools in Edina, the students are taught in French.

The school also offers the Junior Great Books and Math Olympiads programs.

Rankings and Test Scores

GreatSchools.org awards Normandale its highest distinction, 10 out of 10 stars. The school also garners SchoolDigger.com’s highest honor of five out of five stars. SchoolDigger.com ranks Normandale 38 of 820 public elementary schools in Minnesota.

Normandale students do amazingly well on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Series III exams (MCAIII). This year, 84 percent of the school’s 5th graders met or exceeded the math standards compared to 80.7 percent in the district and 59.7 percent in the state.

These students did even better on the reading portion of the tests with 96 percent meeting or exceeding the standard. The average for the district is 87.3 percent and for the state it’s 66.7 percent.

Parents give the school high praise for its active PTO and excellent teaching staff.

Homes for Sale near Normandale Elementary

If you’ll be buying a house in Edina and want to be able to walk to Normandale Elementary, view the homes for sale between Concord Avenue and Ashcroft or those between School Rd. and W. 60th.

Homes in the area range in age from vintage to new but they are a bit pricey. For instance, in August a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home on Ashcroft sold for $400,000, a home on the west side of the street sold last January for $790,000 (4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 4,486 square feet of living space).

Prices of houses for sale in Edina may be a bit lower south of Normandale Elementary, on School Road. In May of this year a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home sold for $285,000, but most are selling in the $400,000 range. Look at the older homes for sale near Normandale Elementary for the best prices.

Normandale students have no school the week of November 23 and then they break for the winter holiday the week of December 21.

Normandale Elementary School is located at 5701 Normandale Road in Edina. Contact the school by calling (952) 848-4100.

 

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