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Bryn Mawr Community

Address: 252 Upton Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 55405
Grades: Pre-K-5
Principal: Kristi Ward
Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.2500
Fax: 612.668.2510
Email: Kristi.Ward@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: brynmawr.mpls.k12.mn.us

WE OFFER: All-day Kindergarten • High Five- Morning & Afternoon •ECSE- Morning & Afternoon • ECSE Buddy Program  Special Education Settings 1, 2 and 3 • Band • English Learner Services •  Parent-involved Leadership • Physical Education • Visual Arts • Vocal Music • Extended Learning • Technology • PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • High expectations in a rigorous academic program
  • Responsive Classroom-
  • Community school with strong community support and participation
  • Highly qualified, multi-award winning staff experienced in working with diverse students to challenge each child’s individual needs. Awards include: Teacher of the Year, Beating the Odds, Art Teacher of the Year, Fox 9 Top Teacher
  • Standards Based Instruction
  • Math Workshop designed to engage students in making sense of mathematical ideas; materials provide a coherent, carefully sequenced core of content for students
  • Balanced Literacy (120 minutes): A Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop and Word Study framework is used to encourage students to read at their independent and instructional levels
  • High expectations centered around; I Am Respectful, I Am Responsible, I Am Safe,  which teach students cooperation and respect while ensuring we maintain a safe and nurturing learning environment
  • Theodore Wirth Park is tucked away in our backyard and provides a natural resource for students to be active outdoors year-round
  • Computerized ST Math program (KGN through fifth grades): game-based instructional software designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning.
  • Co-teaching for literacy and math within several grade levels
  • Specialist classes include art, music, physical education, media and technology
  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra CONNECT program providing artist visits, performance and field trips
  • Little Kids Rock – Modern Music Curriculum
  • Field trips are designed to expand children's learning experience
  • Advanced Differention program helps students develop their strengths and talents through integrated and expanded curriculum
  • GEMS and GISE for third through fifth grades and Jr. GEMS and Jr. GISE Jr. for first and second grades: nationally organized robotics program inspires and engages girls and boys in hands-on science and technology; programs are aimed at inspiring students and fostering an interest in math, science and engineering which can lead to higher academic achievement and to a possible future career in these areas
  • Band program for beginning and advanced musicians in fourth and fifth grades
  • Active PTA that provides funding for field trips, foreign language, materials for student use and general school support
  • Minnesota Reading Corps: Reading tutors who work one-on-one with students in kindergarten through third grade and our with High Five classrooms
  • Minnesota Math Corps: Math tutor who works with small groups of students in fourth and fifth grades
  • Two Mac labs, mobile laptops, iPads
  • 30 minute daily enrichment/intervention blocks for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade


Special Highlights

  • We have three annual family celebrations: Spaghetti Dinner Night, National African-American Parent Involvement Day and Family Fun Night.
  • School Wellness Program – Alliance for a Healthier Generation/Simply Good Eating – U of M.
  • Bid Buddy/Little Buddy Program -a Kindergarten and Fifth grade Student Partnership
  • Spelling Bee and Math Competition representation through MPS student activities
  • Family Open Gym Night
  • School Patrol
  • Yum Power-Recognized on “Twin Cities Live” for our participation
  • STARBASE Minnesota, a S.T.E.M., five day program at the Minnesota Air Guard which gives all 4th and 5th graders time to imagine a future as scientists and engineers – fully funded by many corporate sponsors
  • Bell Museum/University of Minnesota Partnership with Bryn Mawr for Honey Bee Environmental Unit funded through the MPS Equity Grant
  • K-3rd Math Night – Parent information and student games from Twin Cities Public Television
  • The Sheridan Story
  • Bryn Mawr Buddies Inclusion Program – Preschool opporunity for community 3 & 4 year olds to join in our inclusion program 2 afternoons a week
  • Children’s Dental Services – On site dental support for students
  • Children's Eye Servides - On site eye health support for students 
  • Fuel Up to Play 60 – Currently ranked in the top 10 for the state of Minnesota and 69th in the nation (December 2014)
  • STEM Pathways- Science,Technoloyg, Engineering and Math programming support by 8 metro organizations that provide on-site programming and off site field trips to expand 4th and 5th grade students exposure to real world STEM.



EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Minneapolis Kids child care;  Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science (GEMS) and Guys in Science and Engineering (GISE) programs


What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 2 % 4 %
African American 56 % 36 %
Asian American 23 % 6 %
Hispanic American 6 % 20 %
White American 13 % 34 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 24 % 24 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 85 % 63 %
Receive Special Education Services 15 % 14 %
252 Upton Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 55405

Academic Opportunities

  • English Language Learner Program
  • Telescope Math for Advanced Learners 
  • Advanced Differentiation
  • Media Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Band/Instrumental Music

After-school Activities


After School Care

  • Minneapolis Kids

Pre-Kindergarten Programs

  • High Five
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  • Bryn Mawr Buddies – 2 day a week collaborative inclusion preschool opportunity

Kindergarten Options

  • All Day Kindergarten

Family and Student Support

  • Flu Shot Clinic
  • Childrens Dental
  • Home Visits
  • Continuous Learning Plans
  • Kindergarten Parent Workshops
  • Family Fun
  • Family Math Night
  • Student Leadership
  • Parent Teacher Association – PTA
  • Washburn Mental Health Collaborative
  • Bryn Mawr Site Council

School Information

  • 2 Mac Computer Lab(s)
  • Promethean Boards/Smart Boards in Every Classroom
  • iPad Carts for curriculum enhancement
  • Classroom Audio Enhancement Systems
  • Located Adjacent to the scenic Theodore Wirth Park 

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