The Eden Prairie School District is committed to the academic success of all students. We know you have entrusted your student’s education to us, and we promise to work as hard as possible to educate each child in a caring, safe environment.
Homework/study time policies vary from grade to grade, among the teachers, and from subject to subject. Literacy is the foundation of all student achievement; it is our expectation that all students spend at least 15 minutes each day reading. Occasionally, parents misunderstand the difference between homework and “unfinished work” or “make-up work”. Unfinished work and make-up work are not considered to be homework/study time by the school. Rather they are an individual responsibility that the student is expected to complete on his/her own time.
Learning at Home: Research supports that families are the earliest and the most significant teachers in a child’s life. A child’s value of education and lifelong learning is also impacted by teachers, caregivers, and outside influences. Families know their child best, and can help foster learning by linking current and past experiences, by asking questions that help the child reflect, and by supporting the child’s growing knowledge of self and what works best for him or her. More information about how families can take an active role in their students’ education can be found at www.edenpr.org.
Student Support Services
- English Language Services: Specialized English language instruction and support is available at each school for English Learners. Instruction is directed at acquiring both social and academic language. In addition to specialized services, enrichment occurs within the classroom through teacher differentiation of curriculum and instruction for our multi-language learners.
- Extended Day Math and Reading Program (Targeted Services): Before- or after-school math and reading programs are offered at each elementary school. Teachers work with students who are not yet proficient in reading and mathematics.
- Psychologist: Each elementary school has available the services of a school psychologist. This individual is involved with children, families, and school teams to support students and their educational programming needs.
- Instructional Specialists: These content specialists support students and staff to ensure high-quality instruction and student achievement in the areas of reading and/or math.
- Social Worker: Each elementary school has available the services of a school social worker whose role is to support the emotional/social growth of children. The school social worker works with families, teachers, and other staff to address concerns about student achievement, behavior,etc., and facilitates connections to needed social and mental health services.
- Special Education: Special Education services are available to any student eligible for specific disability services as defined by state and federal law. Disability areas include speech/language, emotional behavioral disorders, other health disabilities, physically impaired, traumatic brain injury, visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, visually impaired, cognitive disabilities, and severely multiply impaired. A student may also be eligible for services because of a specific developmental delay through age seven. Students may be referred for a Special Education assessment by parents or teachers. Parents will be involved in a review of the evaluation and the decisions regarding eligibility and services. Services are described through the development of an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Students are served in accordance with district, state, and federal guidelines.
- Assessments: During all testing, please ensure that your child gets plenty of rest and a nourishing breakfast. District-wide, these assessments are used to evaluate curriculum and instructional effectiveness. Individually, the tests are used to evaluate each student’s progress. Test results are shared with parents after each testing period.
- Fast (FastBridge Learning) assessments are administered to K-6th grade student in the fall, winter and spring.
- F&P (Fountas & Pinnell) are administered to K-6th grade students in fall, winter and spring.
- MCA-III (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) in Math and Reading are given to all 3-6 grade students in the spring. Science MCA assessment are given to 5th grade students in the spring.
- CogAt 7 assessments will be administered to all students, grades 2 and 4 in October.
- Fast and F&P as well as other assessments may be administered to some students at other times of the year in order to monitor progress.
Gifted and Talented Services
KEY is a program for gifted and talented students in second through sixth grade. KEY students engage in activities utilizing problem solving, higher level thinking skills and advanced topics. Parents or teachers may recommend a child for these KEY services. When this occurs, students are assessed using multiple criteria. A district team then reviews and evaluates the data to determine whether this child will benefit from inclusion in the program. In addition to specialized services, enrichment occurs within the classroom through teacher differentiation of curriculum and instruction. The KEY program is separate from the Mosaic program. The district also has an acceleration policy for core subjects in those rare instances where subject or grade acceleration best meets the student’s educational needs.
Level Four: MOSAIC - Full Day Program for Highly Gifted Learners
Elementary Eden Prairie Schools has implemented MOSAIC, a full-day classroom program for highly gifted students, with 4 classrooms at Eden Lake Elementary and 4 classrooms at Prairie View Elementary. This program will provide challenging curriculum at an accelerated pace while meeting the unique academic and social/emotional needs of highly gifted learners in a supportive educational environment. Currently these classrooms are serving qualifying students in grades 3 through 6 from across the district. There is an application process and criteria for entrance to the Mosaic program.