DuluthRealEstate.com’s spotlight for October lands on Homecroft Elementary School in Duluth. It serves slightly more than 400 students in grades Pre-K through 5 with 16 full-time teachers. Yes, the school’s student/teacher ratio is quite high, at 25:1, but it doesn’t seem to hamper the students’ ability to learn as you’ll see when we get to the test scores.
Homecroft Elementary offers the following programs:
- Free all-day Kingergarten
- Physical education
- Advanced academic opportunities
- Parent and community partnerships to support education
Rankings and Test Scores
School ratings website GreatSchools.org awards Homecroft seven out of a possible 10 stars while SchoolDigger.com gives it three out of five stars and ranks it 275 out of 820 Minnesota public elementary schools.
Homecroft parents beam with pride over their students’ performance on the 2015 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment exams. The school’s fifth graders excelled on the math exams, with 82.3 percent of them meeting or exceeding the state standard while only 64.6 percent of the district and 59.7 percent of the state’s fifth graders did the same.
These same fifth graders bested the district and state averages on the reading exams as well, with 77.8 percent meeting or exceeding the standard against 67.3 percent of the district’s fifth graders and 66.7 percent of the state’s.
There is no school on October 15 and 16 (Staff Development Day) and then next month students will be off school Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, for Thanksgiving. Holiday break in December is from the 24th to the 31st, with children returning to school January 4.
You’ll find Homecroft Elementary School at 4784 Howard Gnesen Rd. in Duluth. Reach the school by phone at (218) 336-8865.