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About Us

A safe, welcoming place to learn

Lake Elmo is proud of its rich heritage of providing high-quality instruction to all of our students since 1920. The diversity of our student body makes Lake Elmo a unique place to grow and learn, and our talented staff have the ability to meet the needs of each child. As part of the Stillwater Area Public School District, our school is known for excellence and has a proud tradition of meeting the needs of all kids.

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9.6 of 10 fifth graders report they feel safe at school



93% of students report that they can identify their passions



94% of students report that they care about doing well in school


85% of second graders read at or above grade level


Real-World Experiences

Learning is made more relevant and engaging with things like: 

  • LEGO robotics, Dash and Dot robots and other technologies to teach coding, problem solving, math skills and more

  • Community experts working alongside students on real-world projects
  • 4Cs – Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, Creativity


Personalized Learning

Learning is personalized based on each student's strengths, passions and unique needs:

  • Exploratory experiences both in and outside the classroom
  • Hands-on projects that allow students to explore things they're interested in 
  • Digital devices and technology to help personalize teaching 

Caring Relationships

Students get to know one another and develop meaningful relationships with staff through: 

  • Small learning environments
  • Family events and activities throughout the year, like carnivals and family dances
  • Regular communication, both in person and electronically, between teachers and families
  • Strong support from intervention teachers and other staff (English learners, math/reading support and more) 

Outstanding Learning Opportunities

All Stillwater Area Public Schools focus on the 4Cs – Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking and Creativity by providing opportunities for students to solve problems through hands-on projects and real-world experiences. We consider children participants in the learning process. 

All elementary students have access to:

  • Core instruction in literacy, math, science, social studies, art, physical education, media and general music
  • Opportunities in band, orchestra and choir beginning in 5th grade
  • Responsive Classroom, where students participate in morning meetings emphasizing social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community
  • Enrichment experiences to advance learning and challenge students
  • Special Education: reading and math interventions, English Learner program and summer Targeted Services
  • Service learning and community service projects
  • Preschool for four-year-olds (fee-based; offered through Community Education) 

I absolutely love the Lake Elmo staff! I can clearly see how much the staff loves my children and it makes me so happy to know my children are safe and cared for.PARENT COMMENT

Celebrate Lake Elmo

While what we teach at Lake Elmo is similar to other schools in the district, our school has a unique culture and community all its own. We encourage you to visit our school to see if it’s the right fit for you and your child. Here are just a few ways our school is unique:

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  • Family Fun Night, school carnival and fun PTO events 
  • Artist-in-Residence, providing enrichment in visual arts 
  • Student-led all-school assemblies
  • Named a 2015 "Award School" by Minnesota Department of Education
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  • Kindergarten reading/mentor program with Stillwater Rotarians
  • Cimmaron Ice Cream Social and school supply give-away
  • Lovin' The Skin I'm In - promoting positive self-image
  • Peaceful Bus program
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  • Preschool through fifth grade 
  • Home of the district's medically-complex cluster
  • Home of the district's Spanish Immersion program
  • Diverse student body representing various cultures, abilities and experiences

Our Teachers

seventy three percent
of our teachers have a master's degree or higher
eighty three percent
of our teachers have more than 10 years of experience 
one hundred percent
of our teachers are committed to serving the whole child – academic, social, emotional.