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Armatage Montessori

Address: 2501 W. 56th St.
Minneapolis, 55410
Grades: K-5
Principal: Joan Franks
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.3180
Fax: 612.668.3190
Email: Joan.Franks@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: armatage.mpls.k12.mn.us

MAGNET FOCUS: Based on the theories and practices developed by Maria Montessori, this school uses an individualized, self-directed approach that supports students progressing at their own rate. We create a learning environment that fosters academic achievement, a love for learning and respect for self, others and our world.

WE OFFER: Parent-Involved Leadership • Special Education • Theater • "Peaceful Playground" • Art Adventure • Tuition Based Pre - kindergarten classroom


  • Curriculum moves from concrete to abstract in all subject areas
  • Curriculum uses specifically designed materials for all subject areas
  • Individualized instruction and curriculum to meet unique learning needs and allow students to progress at their own pace
  • Test scores that exceed district averages as well as individual student growth rates that are among some of the highest in the city
  • Hands-on curriculum; multi-age classrooms
  • Principal selected as Minnesota's National Distinguished Principal
  • Outstanding teachers who have received formal training in Montessori education from an accredited university or college in addition to their elementary license
  • Staff members are trained in Second Step strategies that teach students respect, listening skills and self-expression
  • Program specialists in music, art, physical education, band, media, science and technology
  • Upgraded computers in the media center and the adjacent eMac computer lab; classrooms with internet access; weekly lessons in computer technology
  • Students participate in physical education one to two times per week in a state-of-the-art gym and in the Armatage Park fields adjacent to the school
  • The "Peaceful Playground" with a "KaBOOM" playground structure was funded through a grant and built by volunteers from Home Depot, Toro, City Church, parents and community members
  • Students participate in a multi-cultural and multi-media art experience including the use of a kiln and "Art Adventure"
  • The Accelerated Reader program provides immediate feedback regarding students' reading progress and goals
  • The active Armatage parent community provides support to students through tutoring programs, works as a unified and cohesive PTA and helps set school direction with representation on the site council


EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Minneapolis Kids child care, basic skills and academic support, Spanish language and culture, art, school musical, sports (flag football, soccer, tennis), and Rec Plus child care in the attached parkboard facility

PATHWAY: Anthony Middle


What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 0 % 4 %
African American 21 % 36 %
Asian American 4 % 6 %
Hispanic American 6 % 20 %
White American 69 % 34 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 13 % 24 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 26 % 63 %
Receive Special Education Services 6 % 14 %
2501 W. 56th St.
Minneapolis, 55410

School Summary

Magnet Schools

  • Montessori

English Language Learner Programs

  • Somali

Academic Opportunities

  • Accelerated Math
  • Accelerated Reading
  • Arts
  • English Language Learner Program
  • Media Arts
  • Physical Education

After-school Activities

  • Art Club
  • Red-Cross babysitting class
  • Community Education Classes
  • Cooking
  • Double Dutch/Rope Power
  • Drama
  • Sports
  • Lego League Robotics
  • RecPlus
  • Rocketry Club
  • Sports
  • University Language Center

 After School Care

  • Minneapolis Kids

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Band/Instrumental Music
  • Music
  • Science Fair
  • Student Council
  • Theatre/Performing Arts
  • Robotics

World Languages

  • Spanish

Kindergarten Options

  • Guaranteed All Day Kindergarten

Family and Student Support

  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Family Fun/Learning Nights
  • Parent Involvement Leadership
  • Site Council
  • Tutoring

School Information

  • Computer Lab(s)
  • Internet Connection in Every Classroom
  • Renovated Playground
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Science Lab
  • Promethean Boards in Every Classroom

Please contact Nagashia.Jackson@mpls.k12.mn.us, Web Site Administrator,
for any questions/concerns you have about information posted on this site.