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Sanford Middle School

Address: 3524 - 42nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 55406
Grades: 6-8
Principal: Amy Nelson
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.4900
Fax: 612.668.4910
Email: amy.nelson@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: sanford.mpls.k12.mn.us

WE OFFER: Rigorous Course of Study via IB Requirements:  Arts (Band, Drama, Choir, Visual Arts) • Design (Computer Coding/STEM, PLTW Engineering, Design) • Individuals & Societies (Social Studies) • Language & Literature (English) • Language Acquisition (Arabic, Spanish, Ojibwe, ESL) • Mathematics (Standards-Level Math, Advanced Math (2 levels), Focus Math) • Physical Education/Health • Sciences


  • Our three-year curriculum offers a rigorous academic program with differentiation for advanced learners built into all team classes
  • All students learn a World Language: Arabic, Spanish or Ojibwe
  • Math and reading offerings from gifted/advanced to remediation programs, including Read 180, Reader's Workshop and Focus Math
  • Three computer labs, five portable laptop/iPad carts, Promethean boards and document cameras in every classroom
  • Experiential learning emphasis includes multiple field trips in every grade, with an overnight trip to the Wolf Ridge Environmental Center for all seventh-grade students and an international trip option for eighth-grade students.
  • School plays and music concerts in the fall and spring, including Project SUCCESS
  • Arts integration through artist-in-residence programs incorporated into academic instruction
  • Dedicated and experienced teachers and staff work collaboratively as part of interdisciplinary teams and professional learning communities (PLC's)
  • Student leadership and service learning opportunities include Student Council, Student Ambassadors, Hawks Team, and Dare 2 B Real

MIDDLE SCHOOL: Sanford Middle School is committed to doing whatever it takes to provide a supportive and academically challenging experience for all students. Sanford parents are active and supportive members of our school community. Students loop on a team with the same group of students throughout their three years at Sanford. Looping builds strong and caring relationships within teams that include four teachers (English, Math, Science and Social Studies). English and Social Studies teachers loop all 3 years with students. Arts, World Language, PE/Health and Design are an integral part of our curriculum, providing a solid foundation for college-preparatory high school programs, including Roosevelt High School's International Baccalaureate (IB) program and South High School's Liberal Arts program.

EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Following are just some of the activities we have offered after school. Options change according to student interest:  Video game creation, cheerleading, Anime, science exploration, Everyday Leaders, Improv, band studio, world video, chess, homework help, program assistant, coffee cart business, glee club, Inside/ Out Dance, Global Quest. Real Men Read,San0frd Architects, boys group, Intergeneration Drama, soccer, yoga, biking, LAti@s Unid@s, oking, Job Corps, college mentoring, Art Adventures, yearbook, knitting, Mathcounts, debate, American Indian Freedom School. step team, Girls INC., circle, creative writing, GISE/ GEMS, GSA, Lego Robotics, and basketball.


What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 9 % 4 %
African American 31 % 36 %
Asian American 5 % 6 %
Hispanic American 16 % 20 %
White American 39 % 34 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 20 % 24 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 63 % 63 %
Receive Special Education Services 15 % 14 %
3524 - 42nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 55406

Magnet Schools

  • Sanford serves all of MPS Area B/Zone 2 students in grades 6-8

English Language Learner Programs

  • Discovery Team: Beginning English learners from all home languages - WIDA levels 1, 2
  • Mainstream Support for ESL students at WIDA levels 3+
  • Heritage Spanish classes

Academic Opportunities

  • Accelerated Math - one or two years beyond grade-level standards
  • Computer Coding in 6th grade; Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering courses in 7th & 8th
  • Arts in every grade: Drama, Visual Art, Guitar, Choir or Band
  • Gifted and Talented identification and differentiated support across all classes
  • Co-Teaching offered to support ESL and Special Ed students in mainstream classrooms
  • History Day and other project-based learning opportunities
  • Interdisciplinary connections among the Core classes: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • World Languages for all students: Arabic, Spanish or Ojibwe
  • Physical Education and Health in all 3 grades
  • Service Learning for all students + Community Service project for all 8th graders

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Community Ed: 40+ options for students after school (M-Th) from Improv to Step Team to Knitting
  • ALC: Academic support & fun, including GEMS/GISE, Chess, etc.
  • American Indian Freedom School (CDF) - academic support with a Native lens - open to all students
  • Athletics: Soccer and Basketball for boys & girls
  • City or Metro championships in Chess, Step, Debate and Soccer in 2016-17!

World Languages

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Ojibwe

Family and Student Support

  • Site Council
  • Sanford Parent Group (SPG) monthly - open to all
  • 3 Family Liaisons: English, Spanish, Somali
  • Family Fun/Learning Nights, Parent Workshops
  • Restorative Justice Program
  • Student Leadership Groups
  • Tutoring available before and after school
  • Home Visits when extra support is needed

School Information

  • Special Ed programs include ASD, DCD, EBD, POHI
  • Service for ESL students at all levels
  • $20 million expansion complete in 2016 added new high-school sized gym, 14 new classrooms and new HVAC = air conditioning!
  • Sanford hosts summer school for Area B
  • Tours are available! Call 612-668-4914

If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.3700 or 612.668.1840. 

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