Students Are Learning At Horace Mann School…
A comprehensive curriculum of reading, writing, mathematics, and social studies is taught by homeroom teachers. Vocal and instrumental music arts are taught by artists-in-residence under teacher supervision and reinforced through field trips and other experiences. Science, physical education, and visual arts are taught by teacher-specialists. Our staff challenge, engage and encourage students to exercise their creativity, to become critical thinkers, problem-solvers and skilled readers.
In addition, Horace Mann School offers...
- A schoolwide approach for students identified as Gifted & Talented
- a half-time English Language Learning specialist
- Full-day Kindergarten classes
- On-site programs and specialists for those with special needs
...And We Can Prove It
On state and district-required standardized tests, student scores from Horace Mann School are consistently among the highest in the St. Paul School District and the state of Minnesota.
The Benefits Of Being A Small School
Horace Mann School offers two or three classes per grade level (K-5). Our school's size means that every child is known by the staff and receive personalized attention on a first-name basis. Recent educational research has determined a clear, positive relationship between small school size and improved student achievement. A report released in September 2001 by the University of Minnesota Center for School Change found that "smaller schools provide many benefits -- achievement, attendance, graduate rates, and behavior all tend to be better in small schools" (Nathan and Febey, "Smaller, Safer, Saner Successful Schools," p.9).
Horace Mann School has a variety of programs to enrich its regular curriculum. For example, students have the opportunity:
- to cultivate an understanding and appreciation for art through the Art Adventure program;
- to match wits with other students in Chess Club;
- to participate in various district and statewide competitions, such as Lego Robotics or Mathmasters; and
- to cap their elementary school experience in a with a week-long character-building field trip at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center (grade 5).
Horace Mann School also offers programs serving children after the regular school day.
- Discovery Club is available on site and offers extended day programming before and after school for working families.
- Teachers provide additional academic support after school two afternoons per week through the Extended Day for Learning (EDL) program. Busing is available for those children who need it.
- Interested students may participate in Community Education classes like Legos and Engineering, Creative Arts, and languages like Spanish or Chinese.
- The school has an active PTA which sponsors community-building events, such as the Spring Carnival and Family Volunteer Service night. These events provide families a marvelous opportunity to get to know one another and have fun together.