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Anwatin Middle Community

Address: 256 Upton Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 55405
Grades: 6-8
Principal: Ellen Shulman
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.2450
Fax: 612.668.2460
Email: Ellen.Shulman@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: anwatin.mpls.k12.mn.us

MAGNET FOCUS: Anwatin Middle School merges two instructionally sound programs that prepare students for the 21st century by providing academic rigor and promoting global citizenship. The IB Middle Years Programme provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

WE OFFER: International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) • Dual Spanish Immersion • Physical Education • Visual Arts • Technology (Design Process) • Four Computer Labs • Four Mobile Computer Labs • World Languages (Japanese, French, Spanish) • Vocal Music • Music Exploration • Band • Theater Arts • Spring School Musical • Site Council • Peace Council • Student Council • Middle Grades Athletic Program • ALC • AVID Program


  • Project SUCCESS works within English (Language A) classes to help students think about career aspirations through the use of drama. They provide direction for a schoolwide musical at the end of the year that is student-driven and fantastic
  • RBC Wealth Management is our generous business partner that provides classroom support, mini-grants for teachers, tutoring and a $10,000 academic college scholarship for an eligible eighth-grade student at the end of each year
  • Students participate in local, state and national spelling and geography bees, History Day competitions and Model UN in Spanish and English
  • Family events build understanding and generate opportunities for students to share what they are learning, such as portfolio night, a community garden and the Taste of Anwatin, which includes the Anwatin Community Arts and Crafts Fair, Empty Bowls choir and band concerts, soups and games night and more
  • Anwatin offers engaging after-school academic activities such as math and Wii, Mathalicious (sixth grade), Chick Lit and Chatter, chess club, cross country skiing, soccer, jazz band (in the morning), Rocketry Space, Cafe Mocha school newspaper, yoga, Ultimate Frisbee, mural project, tutoring and more.
  • AVID classes help students prepare for college; we support them by teaching organization skills, college readiness and preparation for advanced courses
  • We have a new partnership with Metro State University and their Urban Education program. We will have student teachers who are dedicated to urban education working with our skilled staff to help with academics.
  • Our eighth-grade humanities teacher was named Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Junior Achievement organization for the 2010-11 school year


The IB MYP Programme: ?Encourages international-mindedness in IB students, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture ?• Encourages a positive attitude toward learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness and participate actively in their communities? • Reflects real life by providing a framework that allows students to see the connections among the subjects themselves and between the subjects and real issues ?• Supports the development of communication skills to encourage inquiry, understanding, language acquisition and to allow student reflection and expression? • Emphasizes, through the learner profile, the development of the whole student: physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

Dual Immersion (DI) program: Proven effective for a wide variety of students • Research studies indicate that the achievement of high levels of functional proficiency in a second language, associated with DI instruction, yields the following benefits for all students: Enhanced levels of meta-linguistic awareness (i.e., knowledge of how language works), which has proven to be important to reading acquisition • Improved performance compared to monolingual students on tasks that call for divergent thinking, pattern recognition and problem solving • Additional knowledge and understanding of one’s native language • Greater understanding, tolerance, appreciation and respect for other languages and cultures • Ability to communicate with other ethnic and cultural groups • Ability to take advantage of opportunities that are available only in other languages • Enhanced employment opportunities once school is completed

All Anwatin students are taught using the IB MYP framework. Students who are in the Spanish Dual Immersion program receive part of their instruction in Spanish and part of their instruction in English, while all other students receive all of their instruction in English.? All Anwatin teachers undergo continuous IB training and the Dual Immersion teachers also continue their professional development in Dual Immersion research and teaching strategies. Curriculum used and developed by teachers is based on MPS standards and the Minnesota state standards for all subject areas.

EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Anwatin offers engaging after school academic activities such as Math and Wii, Mathalicious (grade 6) Chick Lit and Chatter, Chess Club, Cross country skiing, soccer, Jazz Band (in the morning), Rocketry Space, Cafe Mocha, School Newspaper, Yoga, Ultimate Frisbee, Mural Project, tutoring and more.


What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 2 % 4 %
African American 50 % 36 %
Asian American 9 % 6 %
Hispanic American 26 % 20 %
White American 13 % 34 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 23 % 24 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 79 % 63 %
Receive Special Education Services 20 % 14 %
256 Upton Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 55405

School Summary

Magnet Schools

  • Spanish Immersion
  • Middle School International Baccalaureate (MYP)

English Language Learner Programs

  • English as a Second Language - General
  • Hmong
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Dual Language

Academic Opportunities

  • English Language Learner Program
  • Gifted and Talented Program
  • History Day
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Language Immersion
  • Media Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Service Learning
  • Support Math
  • Visual Arts
  • World Languages

After-school Activities

  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Education Classes
  • Cooking
  • Drama
  • Jazz Band
  • Media/Technology
  • Rocketry Club
  • Reading Classes
  • Spanish Homework Help
  • Sports
  • Tutoring
  • Yearbook
  • Youth in Government

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Band/Instrumental Music
  • Choir
  • Girls in Engineering Math and Science (GEMS)
  • Music
  • School Newspaper
  • Science Fair
  • Student Council
  • Theatre/Performing Arts
  • Robotics
  • Middle School Sports

World Languages

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Family and Student Support

  • Family Involvement Program
  • Home Visits
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Family Fun/Learning Nights
  • Parent Involvement Leadership
  • Site Council
  • Student Leadership
  • Tutoring

School Information

  • Computer Lab(s)
  • Internet Connection in Every Classroom
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Science Lab
  • Audio Enhancement System

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