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Ramsey Middle School

Address: 1 W. 49th St.
Minneapolis, 55419
Grades: 6-8
Principal: Erin Rathke
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.4040
Fax: 612.668.4050
Email: Erin.Rathke@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: rms.mpls.k12.mn.us

WE OFFER: Rigorous Study in Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies • 1:1 iPad Initiative • Choir, Band, Orchestra and Visual Arts • Physical Education • Theater • Spanish and Arabic • Student Leadership Opportunities • Special Education, Autism Program, DCD and Student Support Classes • Parent Involvement: PTA, Site Council and Volunteer Opportunities


  • Inquiry-based curriculum: Through exposure to important and relevant content anchored in academic standards, students develop and explore questions that lead them to solve real-world problems
  • Project-based curriculum: Students create projects or products that represent their understanding of challenging content and provide solutions to relevant, real-world problems; Ramsey offers a project-based intersession between semesters
  • Integration across academic disciplines: Students study challenging, real-world problems through integration of two or more content disciplines
  • Delivering a challenging curriculum using arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) provides a unique window for students to gain content knowledge, solve problems through the creative design process and build critical skills
  • Through the use of simulated global challenges, students utilize the engineering design process, scientific inquiry and mathematical skills (STEM skills) to solve problems
  • Our arts integration specialist collaborates with classroom teachers identifying core content learning targets that could be taught and enhanced through visual, spatial, kinesthetic and creative exploration; arts integration lessons periodically take place during the core content classes and are designed to access students' prior knowledge in that subject area while promoting creativity, individual expression and interdisciplinary connections
  • Social-emotional support includes a daily advisory with the Circle of Power and Respect, teaching pathways to self-control, explicit social skills instruction through the Second Step curriculum, and fostering a culture of trust among students and adults.

MIDDLE SCHOOL: Strong grade-level interdisciplinary teams comprised of math, English language arts, social studies, science teachers and our deans, counselor and social workers work together to support the needs of our adolescent learners. Elective and advisory teachers work closely with the team to coordinate work and address student concerns. Parents receive grade reports four times a year and many teachers also provide weekly feedback through the classroom webpage. Parents may access student grades on the Parent Portal, which is just one more way we increase communication between home and school. Parent involvement is a priority.

EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Minneapolis Kids child care with middle school programming; academic support programs; student council; Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS); Guys in Science and Engineering (GISE); athletics (volleyball, soccer, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball)

What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 1 % 4 %
African American 23 % 36 %
Asian American 4 % 6 %
Hispanic American 22 % 20 %
White American 50 % 34 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 22 % 24 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 42 % 63 %
Receive Special Education Services 13 % 14 %
1 W. 49th St.
Minneapolis, 55419

Academic Opportunities

  • 1:1 iPads
  • Accelerated Math
  • Arts
  • English Language Learner Program
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Physical Education
  • Support Math and Literacy
  • Literacy
  • AVID
  • Visual Arts
  • World Languages (Spanish and Arabic)

After-school Activities

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Jazz Band
  • School newspaper
  • Sports
  • STEP team
  • Latino student group

Before and After School Care

  • Minneapolis Kids

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Girls in Engineering Math and Science (GEMS)
  • Guys in Engineering Math and Science (GISE)
  • Jazz Band
  • Science Fair
  • STEP team
  • Student Council
  • Theatre/Performing Arts
  • Sports

World Languages

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Family and Student Support

  • Home Visits
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Family Fun/Learning Nights
  • Parent Community Collaborative Council
  • Site Council
  • Student Leadership

School Information

  • Computer Lab(s)
  • Internet Connection in Every Classroom
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Promethean Boards in Every Classroom
  • Audio Enhancement System
  • 1:1 iPads

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