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Kenwood Community

Address: 2013 Penn Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 55405
Grades: K-5
Principal: Aura Wharton-Beck
Hours: 8:05 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.2760
Fax: 612.668.2770
Email: Aura.Wharton-Beck@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: kenwood.mpls.k12.mn.us
  • WE OFFER:  SMARTS + Arts • Band • Choir  Parent Involvement • Special Education • Performing Artist Residencies • Family Liaison • PTA & Site Council


  • Commitment to creating an inviting environment supporting individualized instruction where dignity and potential are at the forefront of everything we do
  • Staff commitment to professional growth through participation in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs);Focused Instruction; Advanced Learners; VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies);  Responsive Classroom
  • Curriculum enhancement: CONNECT Partnership with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Art Adventure and VTS Programs (Visual Thinking Skills) with Minneapolis Institute of Arts; participation in educational programs at Children's Theatre, The Bakken Museum, Bell Museum, Mill City Museum, Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, Ordway Theater
  • PTA-funded art residencies at every grade level: kindergarten and 1st grade: Brother Ghana's African drumming and dance; second and third grades - Story-Telling Across Cultures; fourth grade: Minnesota Center for Book Arts; 5th grade: Richardson Nature Center, photography, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Walker Arts Center
  • Enrichment opportunities: Science Fair, Spelling bee, math competition, talent development, Reading Buddies, Parents as Partners Tutoring Program, School Safety Patrol
  • Performance opportunities: Grade-level Spotlight/talent shows, band and choir concerts, Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, annual musical, classroom performances, Beatles Sing-a-long
  • Piano lab funded by donations from parents and community allows students the opportunity to learn to play music using the technology of Yamaha keyboards during music class.
  • Mentorship and social skills, (Kenwood PRIDE Program (Peace, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, Engagement), Intergenerational Volunteers)
  • Media/technology center — two computer labs
  • Fifth Grade 4 day/3 night trip to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
  • Kenwood Park and Lake of the Isles available as learning resources

EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Spanish/French language classes/Chess club/After-School Learning Community (ALC)/GEMS & GISE, MplsKids After School Childcare

PATHWAY: Anthony Middle

What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 1 % 4 %
African American 18 % 36 %
Asian American 6 % 6 %
Hispanic American 7 % 20 %
White American 68 % 34 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 4 % 24 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 25 % 63 %
Receive Special Education Services 8 % 14 %
2013 Penn Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 55405

Academic Opportunities

  • Strong arts-integrated curriculum
  • Guided Math
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Media Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Choice Board Activities for Advanced Learners

Enrichment Activities

  • Band/Instrumental Music
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Drumming
  • Music
  • Student Council
  • Theater/Performing Arts: Annual Musical

After-School World Languages

  • Spanish
  • French

Family and Student Support

  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Family Fun/Learning Nights
  • Parent Involvement Leadership
  • PRIDE Program
  • MplsKids - After School Childcare
  • Site Council
  • Student Council
  • Parents as Partners Math Tutoring


  • iPad Carts
  • 2 State-Of- The-Art Computer Labs

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