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Andersen United Community School

1098 Andersen Lane
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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Grades: Pre-K-8
Principal: Denise Wells
Enrollment: 1111
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.4200
Fax: 612.668.4210
Email: denise.wells@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: andersenunitedcommunity.mpls.k12.mn.us/

WE OFFER:  ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) • High Five (a.m. and p.m.) • Spanish Bilingual Language Development Program  •  English as a Second Language Instruction Schoolwide • Gifted/Talented Program • Special Education • Physical Education • Technology Lab • Music • Art • Environmental Learning Camp Participation (fifth grade) • STARBASE Participation (fourth and fifth grades) • Anti-Bullying Program • Science Content Classes • School Uniforms • Somali Culture and Language Support


  • Reduced class sizes for kindergarten through fifth grade
  • Technology used as a tool for learning with computers in all classrooms; our inventory includes a technology lab and a wireless computer lab for classroom technology; Promethean boards in most classrooms; and writing instruction
  • Cultural programs that reflect our school community
  • Attendance program and monthly student recognition programs
  • Developmental bilingual program choice or English language development choice
  • Monthly Family Fun Nights support families with a family dinner, parent workshops and fun student activities
  • Kindergarten parent workshops provide parents and children the opportunity to make learning games for home use
  • Andersen Family Resource Center provides dental, mental health and support services for families
  • We work with volunteers and volunteer organizations to provide one-to-one and small-group academic support to our students
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes are provided for middle school students
  • Social skills classes provided by a behavior support team, friendship and focus groups through the school social worker, homework support, advisory class where students check in for the day, participation in Responsive Classroom morning meeting components, once-a-week extended class that focuses on the Second Step social skills curriculum
  • Focus/Explore classes for sixth through eighth grades, culminating in History Day
  • Students in prekindergarten through fourth grade wear navy tops and khaki bottoms. Students in fifth through eighth grades wear black tops and khaki bottoms

MIDDLE SCHOOL: Andersen United Community School’s middle school is designed to prepare students for high school and beyond, academically, socially and emotionally. Our middle school is specifically designed with grade-level learning teams. Each team has a teaching expert in reading, social studies, English language arts, math, science, English as a Second Language (ESL) and special education services. Students in grades 6-7 can choose a bilingual social studies class. Extra attention is paid to literacy. The school offers girls volleyball, boys baseball, girls softball and both boys and girls basketball. We have developed an outdoor environmental classroom where middle school students can study a variety of academic subjects. Our after-school debate team, sponsored by Augsburg College, competes within and outside the school district.

EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: After-school and Saturday youth activities in areas such as arts, computers, life skills and sports; Math Masters; evening Community Education; extracurricular sports including volleyball, flag football, boys/girls basketball, softball and baseball

What we look like
Student Race School District
Native American 4% 4%
African American 24% 35%
Asian American 2% 6%
Hispanic American 68% 20%
White American 2% 34%

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 69% 26%
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 97% 65%
Receive Special Education Services 13% 14%

For more information, see the School Progress Report
School Summary
All Minneapolis Public Schools (K-8)
  • K - 8 Schools
English Language Learner Programs
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Dual Language
  • Native Language Literacy - Spanish
Academic Opportunities
  • Arts
  • English Language Learner Program
  • Gifted and Talented Program
  • History Day
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Language Immersion
  • Media Arts
  • Native American Cultural Activities
  • Physical Education
  • Service Learning
  • Support Math
  • Visual Arts
After-school Activities
  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Education Classes
  • Dance
  • Debate Team
  • Media/Technology
  • Reading Classes
  • School newspaper
  • Sports
  • Tutoring
  • Yearbook
Extra-curricular Activities
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Student Council
  • Wolf Ridge Environmental Program
  • Middle School Sports
Pre-Kindergarten Programs
  • High Five
  • Minneapolis Early Reading First (MERF) Program
Kindergarten Options
  • All Day Kindergarten
  • Guaranteed All Day Kindergarten
Family and Student Support
  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
  • Family Involvement Program
  • Family Resource Center
  • Home Visits
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Kindergarten Parent Workshops
  • Family Fun/Learning Nights
  • Parent Involvement Leadership
  • Peer Mediation
  • Site Council
  • Student Leadership
  • Tutoring
School Information
  • Computer Lab(s)
  • Internet Connection in Every Classroom
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Science Lab
  • School Uniforms Required
  • Promethean Boards in Every Classroom
  • Audio Enhancement System