About Us


    With colorful college flags and staff members proudly proclaiming where they attended college, Bruce Vento Elementary makes a strong statement that college is our goal for every student. School-wide, each class “adopts” a college or university and learns about its campus. In return, colleges and universities around the country have adopted our classrooms. For example, the University of Minnesota’s College of Design has partnered with Vento fifth graders on projects like 3D computer-aided interior design and creating the toys of the future. Students in grades 3-5 visit a local college or university each year.

    Embedded throughout the year are supports, enrichments and celebrations that honor individual and school achievements. Bruce Vento Elementary has also established a Family Resource Center where we partner with the Eastside Family Center and the Cultural Wellness Center to support our families.

    Our mission is to provide every student with the strongest possible foundation in reading, writing, math and science – to prepare them for success in middle and high school and, ultimately, college.

    Vento's academic foundation is build upon the following principles:

    • Aligned instruction grounded in an integrated system of standards, instruction and assessment in which: The standards are clearly communicated; High expectations are maintained for all students; and the standards remain the same for all students, but those who need more assistance receive additional time and different modes of instruction.
    • A student's effort and performance is what really matters, not aptitude. Teachers give students the time they need to achieve.


    • Vento's culture focuses relentlessly on the results of student work. Everything that everyone does at Vento fosters and supports high student achievement; All school administration, faculty and staff know their primary purpose and know it well - to educate children to high standards; and administrators and teachers analyze data and use the data in their planning.

    Pathway from Elementary through High School: Bruce Vento Elementary --> Washington Technology Middle School --> Washington Technology High School

At A Glance

  • Overview

    • Serving grades PreK-5
    • Enrollment 455
    • Principal: Laura Saatzer
    • Hours: 9:15 am-4:00 pm
    • Phone: 651-293-8685
    • Fax: 651-293-8688

    Students Who Identify As:

    • American Indian 0%
    • Asian American 63%
    • African American 24%
    • Hispanic American 10%
    • Caucasian American 4%

    Students Who Use:

    • Multilingual Learning 64%
    • Special Education 8%
    • Free and Reduced Lunch 96%

    2012 MCA II Student Proficiency:

    • Grade 3 reading test 39%
    • Grade 3 math test 37%
    • Grade 4 reading test 15%
    • Grade 4 math test 28%
    • Grade 5 reading test 40%
    • Grade 5 math test 20%

    Our Partnerships
    The partners that support our students and families include:

    • Eastside Family Center
    • Ramsey County
    • Various colleges
    • Big Brothers
    • Big Sisters
    • Deloitte
    • Ecolab
    • Data Recognition Corporation

    Minnesota Reading Corp
    We offer Minnesota Reading Corp tutors at our school. Learn more.