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Whittier International

Address: 315 W. 26th St.
Minneapolis, 55404
Grades: K-5
Principal: Norma Gibbs
Hours: 9:40 a.m. - 4:10 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.4170
Fax: 612.668.4180
Email: Norma.Gibbs@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: whittier.mpls.k12.mn.us

MAGNET FOCUS: The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is coupled with rich cross curricular  programming for all students. Whittier's prestigious IB PYP is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning through which students become inquirers, critical thinkers and communicators.  Beginning in kindergarten, students are introduced to the Spanish language and  a variety of cultures.  

WE OFFER: IB Primary Years Programme • MacPhail Piano and Violin Lessons • Arts Integration • English Learner (EL) Program • Heritage Language Programming • World Language: Spanish • Resource Special Education • Inclusion model of a MPS Citywide Special Education Program for EBD • On-site Counseling Services • Parent-Involved Leadership • After-School Programs  and Community Education classes• Minneapolis Kids


  • Educational learning environment where state standards are aligned to Units of Inquiry within the IB PYP curriculum
  • IB PYP model develops the individual talents of young people and helps them relate experiences inside the classroom to the realities of the world outside the classroom encouraging action and citizenship
  • Schoolwide PYP end-of-unit celebrations
  • Fifth-graders present a final exhibition illustrating their cumulative learning as IB students
  • Arts integration provides a variety of ways to learn and supports academic achievement through theater, language arts, social studies, music and math
  • Third- through fifth-grade MacPhail small group piano and violin spring recital
  • Kindergarten through second-grade MacPhail music program opportunities
  • MPS Talent Development Level 1, 2 and 3 services model beginning in third grade
  • Active PTA,  family curriculum night and a host of parent and community member volunteers
  • Daily baby grand piano performance in school's atrium before and after school sponsored by Plymouth Congregational Church

EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Minneapolis Kids child care, Community Education and Area Learning Center (ALC) programming, JumpStart, Target Mentors program, Homework and Hoops through our partnership with Bethlehem Community Center

PATHWAY: Anwatin Middle

What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 2 % 4 %
African American 41 % 36 %
Asian American 2 % 6 %
Hispanic American 30 % 20 %
White American 25 % 34 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 38 % 24 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 71 % 63 %
Receive Special Education Services 11 % 14 %
315 W. 26th St.
Minneapolis, 55404

Magnet Schools

  • Elementary International Baccalaureate PYP

English Language Learner Programs

  • English as a Second Language - General
  • Somali
  • Spanish

Academic Opportunities

  • Arts
  • English Language Learner Program
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Macphail School of Music lessons
  • Physical Education
  • Visual Arts
  • World Language Spanish

After-school Activities

  • Chess Club
  • Community Education Classes
  • Lego League Robotics
  • Math Masters/Math Counts
  • Piano Lessons
  • Student Leadership Opportunities

Before and After School Care

  • Minneapolis Kids

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Engineering Math and Science (GEMS/GISE)
  • Music
  • Strings

World Languages

  • Spanish

Kindergarten Options

  • All Day Kindergarten
  • Guaranteed All Day Kindergarten

Family and Student Support

  • Family Involvement Program
  • Family Resource Center
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Family Fun/Learning Nights
  • Parent Involvement Leadership
  • Site Council
  • Student Leadership
  • Tutoring

School Information

  • Computer Lab(s)
  • Internet Connection in Every Classroom
  • Responsive Classroom
  • 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.