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About This School

Waite Park Elementary School is a public elementary school in Minneapolis. The principal of Waite Park Elementary School is Lois J. Shapiro, whose e-mail is lois.shapiro@mpls.k12.mn.us. 435 students attend Waite Park Elementary School and identify primarily as Native American or Native Alaskan; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 63% of the 435 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Waite Park Elementary School is 18:1. St. Charles Borromeo School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native American or Native Alaskan 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 46% 30%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
Asian 3% %
Hispanic 26% 18%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 38%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 63%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Fantastic! We are now in our last year at Waite Park and our son has been served exceedingly well. He has received tremendously individualized attention every year from kindergarten through 5th grade. Our gifted & talented teacher Jamie Boardman is particularly amazing. Our son loves going to school and is always anxious for summer to end so that he can get back to his friends and teachers. Waite Park is a positive nurturing respectful and very community-minded school. I can't say enough great things about it. We will miss it next year when we transition to middle school.

  • (10 months ago)

    Great school and wonderful teachers. Supportive safe and involved community! Cannot imagine my children anywhere else!

  • (10 months ago)

    My son attended Waite Park last year for the high-5 program (pre-kindergarten). We immediately fell in love with this school. They have a very nice park and recreation center connected to the school which helps for after school activities as well as sports programs. We also were impressed with their school lunch menu which now offers healthy and organic alternatives. Waite Park school is the perfect setting for our family. One last thing is that Waite Park has a wonderful volunteer program. At the end of the year they have a small breakfast reception for those who have volunteered in the school!

  • (2 years ago)

    We love Waite Park! We have a 4th grader & 1st grader currently attending and have been consistently impressed by the dedication and quality of the teachers - their classroom teachers and the specialists (gifted & talented art music phy ed & media). They also have a superior after school program notably the theater program which involves kids 1st through 5th grade. Parent involvement is high and we too like the very diverse environment.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has it all! We considered private charter and public suburban schools and ultimately chose Waite Park for our daughter. We're so glad we did! High academic expectations and support plus time for play and personal expression. Dedicated teachers and specialists in music art gym and technology. Student body diversity with high parental involvement. Beautiful facilities with lots of natural light in every classroom. The new principal is kind thoughtful and responsive.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both my children attend Waite Park. My oldest is in 5th and my youngest in K. We are very happy with the community feel of the school. The teachers and principal know all the students by name. They run a tight ship and have high expectations for student behavior. Even with larger class sizes the teachers have a good handle on their classrooms. There seems to be good support between staff and administration with little teacher 'burn out' to speak of. I am very very happy with Waite Park!

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm very pleased with waite park my son has been attending this school for 3 yrs and is doing very well with his studies. The teachers are great parents are always welcome to join the class. Waite park has many programs/activities for the kids and lots of family events!

  • (7 years ago)

    Our daughter has attended Waite Park since kindergarten she is now in 2nd grade we love this school. It is strongly a community school although kids do come from all over the metro to attend. The community is very actively involved with the school and there are many family events and programs family reading night family math night family dinner night etc. The teachers have been excellent they push the kids without being nasty overall the teachers and principle maintain a very good level of discipline and behavior (there are always a very few exceptions) but the kids are well-behaved respectful eager to learn and have fun. The school has a great relation with Waite Park Recreational Center the buildings are joined and the Rec Center has a tremendous before and after school program and even a pre-K program. These guys are fabulous. Highly reccommended.

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