Welcome to Waite Park!
Kindergarten investigations

What Is a Community School?

A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. 

Waite Park is committed to helping our students achieve excellence by offering challenging curriculum for Pre-K through 5th grade students. At Waite Park, our mission is to assist students in meeting academic goals in the areas of Math, Language Arts, Science, and Technology.  Our staff is devoted to providing a caring and encouraging environment, and clear rules and consequences.  We will actively engage students in learning, model positive and responsible behavior, and encourage students to read for pleasure!

Celebration School Status!
Six MPS sites receive state Celebration designation

Six Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) sites were among 48 schools statewide to be designated as Celebration schools by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on Dec. 16. Anthony Middle School, Kenny Community School, Marcy Open School, Northrop Community School, Pratt Community School and Waite Park Community School were chosen from 166 Celebration-eligible schools across Minnesota based on their ability to effectively document best practices that have led to student success.

The Celebration school designation is part of Minnesota’s federal accountability system that replaces No Child Left Behind. Under Minnesota’s program, schools are assigned a Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) based on students’ proficiency and growth, as well as a school’s progress toward reducing achievement gaps and increasing graduation rates. The state’s Title I schools – those serving racially and ethnically diverse student populations with high levels of poverty – qualify for designations if they are top performers.


School Tours

You are welcome to tour Waite Park throughout the school year.  Tours can be scheduled through our Family Liaison, Amanda Muenzner, by calling our main office at 612-668-1600.  Visit our classrooms, media center, auditorium, and the Waite Park Rec Center.  Meet some fellow prospective Waite Park families, our friendly office staff, and some Waite Park teachers.  We look forward to meeting you and your child!

Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:30 PM

@ Edison High School (700 22nd Avenue)

Buses from Waite Park School every 15 minutes to the BBQ during Waite Park's Open House (6 - 8 pm)!

Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:00 PM

Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year! Meet your teachers, learn about how to get involved at Waite Park, and enjoy frozen treats thanks to the Waite Park PTA!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome back! Hope you had a great summer and are ready to LEARN!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome to Waite Park! We're excited to get to know you!

Monday, September 01, 2014