Welcome to Waite Park!

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!

ReadingCorps Positions Available @ Waite Park!

Serve to grow. One year. This year.

Now is the time to apply for 2014-15 positions that begin August 10, 2014. For more information and to apply, visit:


Experience life-changing growth. Become a Minnesota Reading Corps or Minnesota Math Corps tutor.

Whether you’re looking to explore a new career in education, reenter the workforce or simply want to work with kids, you’re ready for the next thing. Become a Minnesota Reading Corps or Minnesota Math Corps tutor at Waite Park and start creating meaningful growth.

We are looking for people who are dedicated to our community. By joining Minnesota Reading Corps or Minnesota Math Corps, you can be one of more than 1,000 trained tutors placed in schools across the state. Tutors are parents, grandparents, recent college grads, and mid-career professionals. You will guide students toward becoming successful readers by third grade or proficient in math by the end of eighth grade. You’ll also see real results and make a lasting impact in our students’ lives, as well as in your own career. You’ll not only tutor students who need extra support; you’ll also make a meaningful connection with the school and our community.

During your eleven month of service as a full-time Minnesota Reading Corps tutor or full-time Minnesota Math Corps tutor, you’ll receive extensive training, support and professional development opportunities. In addition, you’ll receive a living stipend of about $484 biweekly (full-time) and an education award of  $5,645 (full-time .) All necessary training is provided and no licensure is necessary.

Pass the word on to a friend or family member! Learn more and apply at www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or www.MinnesotaMathCorps.org Strong preference is given to tutors who can start serving August 10, 2014. Send questions to recruitment@servemnaction.org or call 866-859-2825.

For more information about literacy tutor positions available at Waite Park Community School, please contact:

Roxanne Beasley, Roxanne.beasley@mpls.k12.mn.us