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Lucy Craft Laney Community

Address: 3333 Penn Ave. N.
Minneapolis, 55412
Grades: Pre-K-5
Principal: Mauri Melander
Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.2200
Fax: 612.668.2210
Email: Mauri.Melander@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: lucylaney.mpls.k12.mn.us

WE OFFER: High Five (1 am, 1 pm, 1 full day section) • Extended Learning (3:15-5:15 p.m.)  • Music • Visual Arts 


  • Rigorous instruction at all grade levels by highly qualified teachers
  • Safety Nets extended learning day program focused on the unique needs of every student.
  • Balanced Literacy program that includes a strong core curriculum focused on improving vocabulary and comprehension
  • Students have meaningful homework; curriculum asks your child to take his/her learning to a deeper level of understanding
  • Full inclusion SPED model.
  • Co-teaching model is implented at every grade level.
  • One-to-one and small-group settings support and accelerate student academic growth and achievement in reading
  • Technology integration provides computers in each classroom and Promethean Boards in most classrooms
  • Assessment for all students in kindergarten through fifth grade to provide targeted instruction
  • Support services encourage students to participate in positive schoolwide activities that build school community and promote self-esteem and skills to make healthy choices
  • Mentoring program: students needing additional adult support and attention are provided an adult mentor in the building
  • Extensive community support and volunteering programs: Assistance League of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Beacons, Community Education, Hope United CDC Partnership, Experience Corps volunteers, YWCA, AmeriCorps volunteers, AVID, Cleveland Neighborhood Association, Minnesota Reading Corps volunteers, Way to Grow.
  • Ongoing family involvement activities; Family Night Activities/Dinner (showcasing student work, celebrating our school community, etc.), Fun Runs, Bring Your Grown Up to School Days, Music Concerts, Carnivals and Game Nights
  • Visual arts and music programming
  • Student leadership opportunities including student council and peer mediation
  • EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Academic program; Extended-Day Exploration that includes Lead Peace service learning, debate, Beats and Rhymes, cooking classes, chess and other rigorous enriching educational clubs and classes; Community Education site offering adult evening classes and programs
What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 3 % 4 %
African American 88 % 36 %
Asian American 2 % 6 %
Hispanic American 2 % 20 %
White American 5 % 34 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 14 % 24 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 97 % 63 %
Receive Special Education Services 18 % 14 %
3333 Penn Ave. N.
Minneapolis, 55412

Academic Opportunities

  • Accelerated Reading
  • Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Media Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Service Learning
  • Support Math
  • Visual Arts
  • Full inclusion SPED programming

After-school Activities

  • Beacons
  • Chess Club
  • Community Education Classes
  • Cooking
  • Dance
  • Debate Team
  • Double Dutch/Rope Power
  • Lego League Robotics
  • Media/Technology
  • Reading Classes
  • School newspaper
  • Scout Program
  • Sports
  • Tutoring
  • Youth in Government

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Music
  • Science Fair
  • Student Council
  • Robotics
  • Choir


  • Pre-Kindergarten Programs
  • High Five

Kindergarten Options

  • All Day Kindergarten
  • Guaranteed All Day Kindergarten

Family and Student Support

  • Family Involvement Program
  • Home Visits
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Kindergarten Parent Workshops
  • Family Fun/Learning Nights
  • Parent Community Collaborative Council
  • Parent Involvement Leadership
  • Peer Mediation
  • Restorative Justice Circles and Mediation
  • Site Council
  • Student Leadership
  • Tutoring
  • Youth Coordinator/Mediator

School Information

  • Computer Lab(s)
  • Internet Connection in Every Classroom
  • New School Building
  • Science Lab
  • School Uniforms Required
  • Promethean Boards in Every Classroom
  • Audio Enhancement System

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