In the Lower School, we are committed to the development of the whole child – academically, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. Students in kindergarten through grade 5 embark on a journey that literally takes them around the world. Each grade focuses on a specific continent, where they learn about its culture, arts, society, politics, people and how that continent fits globally.
Our kindergartners begin with the basics and ease into the rhythm of the Lower School – while they still enjoy an afternoon nap! One of the highlights for our students is an opportunity to research, write and illustrate a class book on penguins. Learn more
Our first graders dive into deep math concepts of number sense and place value to give them a foundation to become independent problem solvers. Students also study the continent of Europe through speakers, art projects, readings and cap it all off with an English tea party. Learn more
Our second graders stretch themselves as communicators and creators, interviewing people who have lived in Kenya during a unit on Africa and developing games around a concept (money, time, estimation, addition, subtraction) for the Math Carnival. Learn more
Our third graders continue refining their writing skills as they create biographies that require multiple sentence structures and integration of 30+ researched facts. Our caring community is also manifested in their writing sympathy cards for others locally and globally. Learn more
Our fourth graders love exploring our community, as we partner with the Minnesota Zoo on their Sea Otter exhibit and ride bikes to learn more about Minnehaha Falls, Fort Snelling and the Lock and Dam #1. They also dive deeply into a study of North America. Learn more
Our fifth graders thrive in the many opportunities to engage in projects where they explore, create, collaborate, design, problem solve, analyze and present! Students spend the month of November crafting a novel to learn the art of long-form writing. Learn more
New Lower School Math Curriculum Video
Math in Focus
The Lower School math curriculum, Math in Focus, is based on the Singapore math approach and provides students with a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes mathematical fluency and conceptual mastery while engaging learners in higher-level problem solving skills. Learn more.
Learn about the new Park Innovation Lab
Lower School Highlights:
Specialists Your child will have teachers who specialize in Art, Music, Spanish, Media and Physical Education. In addition, private piano and string lessons are available on-site outside of school hours.
Spirituality Your child will attend a weekly chapel service for worship that features music, drama, film and speakers. Teachers also lead daily classroom devotionals and prayers.
Service Your child will have opportunities, both big and small, to serve peers, teachers and others in the Twin Cities and around the world. Operation Christmas Child, Feed My Starving Children and Congo Kids are among the organizations our community helps.
Small classes Your child will be in small classes with no more than 18 students in Kindergarten, and 18-24 in grades 1-5. The teacher and aides ensure your child gets personalized attention and opportunities to learn at his or her own pace.
After school care We provide extended day support for the school year or select days to work around your schedule. Your child will have a chance to study, play games and work on individual and group projects. Learn more
Continuity Our teachers and specialists interact to support and encourage your child during the school year but also work across grade levels so we can build on his or her skills and strengths.
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Minnehaha provides a warm and nurturing community, emphasizing academic challenge, leadership, service and a strong Christian faith.
- Bill and Carolyn, Minnehaha Parents