Kindergarten families have three options: Neighborhood school, French Immersion, and Continuous Progress. Continuous Progress does not begin until first grade even though you apply for it in kindergarten.
French Immersion is an option for families which began in 1991. Students learn the basic skills but are taught in the French language. Because of the advancing skill level of students, entrance to the program is in kindergarten. It is located in the Edina Community Center and is called Normandale Elementary School. The program is run on a cost-neutral basis (i.e. no additional costs).
Students may enter Continuous Progress (CP) beginning in first grade. Students work in multi-age families and stay with a teacher for up to three years. It is possible to enter the program at any grade level. The program is located at both Countryside and Highlands Schools.
Each school has several opportunities for parent involvement. You will begin to receive some of this information at Kindergarten Registration Day.
Parents often have specific questions about their neighborhood school. These questions are answered during the orientation session or in a family handbook. Visit a school website using links on our Contact Us page.
For additional information, please contact Mary Manderfeld, Director of Equity & Enrollment at 952-848-4961, or a building principal.