Greenwood Elementary School

18005 Medina Rd, Plymouth, MN 55447
(763) 745-5500
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 682 students 17 students/teacher (MN avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

78%
86%
72%
72%
76%
58%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Wayzata Public School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
90%
70%
76%
80%
55%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Wayzata Public School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
83%
62%
85%
87%
68%
81%
82%
61%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2013-2014 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Wayzata Public School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Greenwood Elementary School is a public elementary school in Medina. The principal of Greenwood Elementary School is Brad Gustafson and can be contacted at brad.gustafson@wayzata.k12.mn.us. 682 students attend Greenwood Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 5% of the 682 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Greenwood Elementary School is 17:1. Kimberly Lane Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% 75%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 8%
Multiracial 2% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 12%
Asian 13% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5% 16%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We moved our kids from a college-prep school to GW and couldn't be happier with our decision. We left based on cost and that our children weren't challenged. We are very impressed with the teachers and how they adapt the classroom curriculum to the classrooms varying capabilities. We agree that not all the teachers are equal in capabilities however the worst at GW is as good or better than the average teacher at the prep school we had previously attended. The gifted program is also a nice plus (Vision 21) with the new teacher taking a great program and improving on it. In short all of our children are challenged and thriving. It was interesting to read the posts that were critical of the principal. Our interactions have been very positive and we find him very open and approachable. Our kids love him and how he eats with them at lunch or plays with them during recess. We couldn't imagine a better environment for our family.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have only good thing to say about this school. very happy with Mrs. Hampre for 2nd grade

  • (1 year ago)

    We had a problem with one of the teachers not returning our emails or phone calls and approached the Principal Brad Gustafson. He not only didn't listen to us he disagreed with us about our issue. We heard how great this school was when moving here but we have quickly become discouraged with this school and the leadership. We have had some trouble with a few teachers but most have been good if not great. If I could I would rate a zero star on the Principal leadership.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers are hit or miss. One of the Kindergarten teachers is awful. Pretty sure she doesn't even like children. She should've retired years ago.

  • (2 years ago)

    Most of the teachers at Greenwood are excellent. We have had a wonderful experience over the past 3 years at Greenwood.

  • (2 years ago)

    Not up to Wayzata district standards. The principal is nice but not very good at running the school. He is new but in my opinion not up to the job. The teacher quality has decreased since he took over and nothing is being done about the incompetent teachers. I agree with previous posts most of the teachers are EXCELLENT but there a few bad apples one of them just moved from a part time position last year to a full time classroom just this year. This school also fails advanced students.

  • (3 years ago)

    I moved to this city just for the school and was greatly disappointed. The year after we came to this school the principal retired and they hired someone who could not stand up to bullies and protect the innocent children. As soon as a bully gave him trouble he backed down and decided that no bullying had ever occured. After almost two years we gave up and moved my daughter to a private school. Not worth the trouble! They should hire someone that can stand up to a 10 year old!

  • (3 years ago)

    I totally agree. We moved into this school district on purpose to get a great education. My son's 2nd grade teacher is a total waste. He loved school in K and 1st. Now every day is a total mess. At first we thought it was us (at home). Then we did some digging. Our son was well liked in his previous school his coaches like him and his after school program likes him his camp counselor from summer day camp liked him. Evey the lunch ladies take me aside to tell me this kid is nice. Yep rotten ROTTEN teacher. The other dads and moms think she is a complete joke. Everyone says that you simple have to survive her and get to the better teachers later. Let's hope so. Otherwise I REALLY made a mistake in moving into this district. Yuck.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a great school. Mrs Bradsher - the Vision 21 teacher- is excellent. She goes above and beyond and does what ever is necessary to help my child learn. The school has changed since there was leadership switch .. I am hopeful that things will continue to grow but I am nervous about the principal.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a third grader and a K student at Greenwood. We lived in the city before our kids went to school and choose between Edina and Wayzata school districts. We just happen to find a house in Wayzata District. I have been very happy with Greenwood. I feel some teachers are excellent and some are good. We have yet to have a teacher that I don't like. There is a TON of parent involvement and the school is VERY welcoming to parents that want to help in the classroom or eat lunch with their kids. I was an elementary teacher before staying at home and I think I have high standards for my kids school experience. I am very happy with Greenwood.

  • (5 years ago)

    Greenwood Elementary is a great school for your children. The principal helps to direct the staff in positive ways and communicates well with faculty and parents. The parent group is bigger than most schools and works to form a school community. I had 2 children attend Greenwood from K thru 5 and the staff was always willing to discuss how my children were doing. More over my neighbor's child had minor learning problems that the staff and parenting involvement helped turn into an honor student at Wayzata West Middle School. Greenwood Elementary did very well by my children and those in my neighborhood.

  • (5 years ago)

    we used to be in the osseo school district and moved to the area just for this school. the parent involvement is tremendous! every single teacher is spectacular! and the kids are excited to go to school. i would recommend GW to anyone in a heart beat!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    When we moved to Minnesota we chose our school district first and are very happy with the Wayzata schools. My kids have attended Plymouth Creek Kimberly Lane and Greenwood. We have been extremely happy with Greenwood. The principal is wonderful my children have had amazing teachers and the parents and families at this school are involved and welcoming.

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved to Plymouth more than a year ago and we are more than happy with the school. Many parent volunteers great teachers excellent school staff.

  • (6 years ago)

    I had 2 kids at Greenwood; one has mild LD yet very intelligent and was poorly served by our tax dollars at Greenwood. I did surprise visits to find him at a computer riding an exerbike struggling to read a book or playing ball with Down Syndrome kids---definitely not working with what my child actually needed. As a result I now have a h.s. student who thinks very little of himself assumes all his assignments will be 'modfied' instead of a student who works hard instead of a student who actually learned how to accomplish what he needs to succeed despite his very very mild learning differences. My other child at this school is a good mainstream learner and is doing about average. If I had the $$$$ and could turn the clock back I'd go private in a flash.

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