Hamline Elementary: A Collaborative Learning University School

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  • We are Hamline.

    Imagine a school where learning is connected to the lives of students and their community.

    A place where students are encouraged to wonder and direct their own learning by asking questions, investigating, and collaborating to create meaning.

    A place where instruction and curriculum cultivate student interest and strengths.

    A place that values students for who they are and believes all students can achieve excellence. A place where staff receive ongoing, personalized professional development and support so they are learners, too.

    A place where students, teachers, families and community members are co-creators of an exceptional educational experience that prepares students for the 21st Century.

    Welcome to Hamline Elementary.

    Hamline Elementary is a racially, culturally, and economically diverse community of learners in the heart of Saint Paul's Hamline Midway neighborhood. Our families come from many Saint Paul communities and from all over the world. Our talented and spirited staff bring decades of experience to the classroom; they also bring kind, generous, and joyful hearts. Specialists in physical education, creator space, and science create engaging opportunties for discovery and self-expression. And from the front office, to the cafeteria, to everywhere in between, Hamline is positively filled with caring adults and good vibes.

    With a variety of spaces to encourage inquiry, movement, and community building - including a bright and engaging library, a gymnasium, a cafeteria - complete with performance stage, a creator space, sensory room, outdoor classroom, and community gardens - Hamline students have many spaces in which to explore, create, and connect. Outside Hamline's doors is an active, colorful, and generous neighborhood. And whether it's nearby Hancock Recreation Center with its afterschool programs and family-friendly events and activities, or a vibrant public library a block away, Hamline students and families are never far from opportunities to make community connections. 

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    Two campuses. One community.

    Hamline Elementary enjoys a robust, dynamic, and one-of-a-kind partnership with Hamline University, our neighbor across Snelling Avenue. The Hamline to Hamline Collaboration provides unique school-day and after-school programs, brings more than 100 university student tutors and mentors into our building every week, and coordinates academic department pairings in many areas of study including mathematics, theater, anthropology, and law. Elementary students make their first campus visit in kindergarten and return frequently for academic enrichment, rich cultural experiences including author readings, musical performances, and a variety of special events.

    In 2018, Hamline Elementary and Hamline University enthusiastically agreed to expand their long-time partnership and create an innovative elementary program that brings best practices in education theory and research directly into the classroom. This program redesign provides university support and professional investment at a level unparalleled in the state of Minnesota.

    What is a lab school?

    Funding from the Bush Foundation allowed Hamline Elementary and Hamline University to expand their partnership with the “lab school” designation.

    A “lab school” is an elementary or secondary school operated in association with a university, college, or other teacher-education institution to apply the most effective and progressive research-based methods for teaching children.


    Full Service Community School

    Hamline Elementary is a full-service community school, integrating high-quality academics with health and social services for all members of our school community. With a dedicated Family Room and a team of staff and community members working together to coordinate purposeful partnerships, our school can streamline access to important services and resources, remove barriers, provide empowering and compassionate support, and build a foundation for students to thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Hamline

  • Our Mission

    Empower children to become critical thinkers, co-creators in their learning experiences, and to discover and explore their passions.

     

    Our Vision

    We are dedicated to being a school where learning is connected to the lives of students and their community. A place where students wonder, ask questions, investigate, and collaborate to create meaning. A place where instruction and curriculum cultivate student interest and strengths, and values students for who they are. Our commitment to creating equitable outcomes for every learner gives each student the tools they need to succeed within, and beyond, the classroom.

     

  • Core Competencies

    At Hamline Elementary, we want our students to leave fifth grade with more than enough knowledge and skills in order to be successful in their future academic careers and individual life paths.

    Our Hamline Elementary team worked together and developed five core competencies that we believe are essential in supporting our students in their lives. These five competencies are incorporated throughout each day and thoughtfully aligned within our curriculum.

     

    Hamline Huskies are:

    1. Communicators

    2. Collaborators

    3. Creators

    4. Critical Thinkers

    5. Self & Community Aware