Edina School Spotlight: Countryside Elementary

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 2:25pm.

The higher home prices you’ll find within a strong school district’s boundaries are worth it when you consider that homes in these areas hold their value better than schools in poor-performing districts. Whether or not you have children, you can’t go wrong purchasing a home in the award-winning Edina Public Schools District, ISD 273. We don’t know if there’s something in the water in this district or what ― there isn’t a bad school in the bunch.

This month, we take a look at Countryside Elementary School.

Overview of Countryside Elementary

Countryside serves 588 students in grades K through 5 with 33 full time teachers. This gives the school a student/teacher ratio of 17.5:1. Parents laud the supportive teachers and staff.

In addition to the traditional curriculum, the school offers Continuous Progress, an alternative program that offers a child the opportunity to have the same teacher for the entire five year elementary school experience. Other features of the program include:

  • Multiaged classrooms and "families"
  • Process-oriented instruction
  • Cooperative educational approach

If you choose this program, your child will enter elementary school as part of a “family,” where two or three teachers and the family of students remain together over the entirety of the elementary school years.

Other Special Programs

Countryside also offers English as a Second Language classes, a program for the gifted and special education. Furthermore, the district has, on staff, a social worker, an adaptive physical education teacher, deaf/hard of hearing teacher, occupational therapist, psychologist and a speech-language pathologist.

Countryside Test Scores

Countryside Elementary School was awarded 8 out of a possible 10 stars from school ratings site GreatSchools.org and 4 out of 5 stars at SchoolDigger.com.

In 2014, 72.7 percent of Countryside’s 5th graders met or exceeded the math standards on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Series III (MCA-III). While this is lower than the district’s average (80.9), it far exceeds the state’s average of 61.8.

Fifth grade students improved on the reading portion of the MCA-III from the year before, but still lag the district.

Students at Countryside Elementary will continue their education at Valley View Middle School.

Homes near Countryside Elementary

Parents of students hoping to attend Countryside Elementary, who are looking for a nearby home, should search for homes in the area shaded in red on the map to the right.

You’ll find Countryside Elementary at 5701 Benton Ave S. in Edina. Reach the school by phone at (952) 848-4700.

 

 

Map courtesy of Edina Public Schools

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