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Nerstrand Elementary School

Updated Jun 8, 2016
205 S 2nd Street - Nerstrand MN - 55053
Type of autonomy arrangement: school charter/bylaws
Basic Profile

Opened In

1999

Grades

K through 5

Environment

Rural

Type

Chartered
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure
Teachers are the majority on the board and have final decision making authority as written into their charter. Nerstrand uses a collaborative decision making process at their school site.

About the Learning Program

Nerstrand has strong programs in reading, language arts, and mathematics that help students realize success in the curricular areas of science, social studies, and technology—just to name a few. They also embrace a strong commitment to the teaching and appreciation of the visual arts. There are many special programs embraced by Nerstrand Elementary School. Three for which they take special pride include their daily instruction in physical education and music by certified teachers and their all day kindergarten program. These programmatic elements have been a part of Nerstrand since they chartered in 1999 and they continue to be programs that help to define them today.

Extending service to Nerstrand’s greater community and within their school community, students understand the importance of serving others and recognize that significant learning results from those experiences. Students participate in a number of Youth Boards where they can put service into practice and teachers look for opportunities to weave service into projects they carry out throughout the year. Service Learning has been woven into the fabric of the school over a long period of time.