The mission of Loring Community School is to educate children for lifelong learning in a respectful environment that supports their growth into knowledgeable, skilled, responsible and confident citizens capable of succeeding in their professional and personal life. We are a respectful, caring school where children, families, staff and community work together so all children reach their highest potential. Loring Community School is highly committed to academic achievement. We believe, and research shows, that students learn best in an environment where social skills are taught. We take great pride in being a "Responsive Classroom School" where we teach children to care about themselves, others and learning. Social skills and academics taught together result in more learning time for students. Loring Community School has been the recipient of three federal reading grants. These grants were used for intensive teacher training in research-based methods of instruction. This level of achievement is directly related to the professionalism of Loring teachers and their commitment to excellence. Our teachers have high expectations for student learning and design lessons at each child's individual skill level.
The Loring academic program places a high demand on students for thinking as they are presented a rigorous curriculum. Students are expected to raise questions, solve problems and reason. Each student receives 120 minutes a day of reading instruction and 90 minutes of math. In reading classes, students have both whole group instruction in grade level material as well as 60 minutes a day of small group instruction at their instructional level. We are privileged to have an extensive collection of instructional reading materials and supplemental texts, which are challenging and interesting. Each student's achievement and efforts are continuously evaluated and adjustments are made in curriculum and instruction as needed. Our students also utilize supplemental, computerized learning programs such as Accelerated Math, Accelerated Reading, Study Island, First in Math and the CCC lab to facilitate individual learning at their own rate
Students at Loring receive a well-balanced program of academics, technology, physical education, vocal music and band. Students with special talents and interests participate in advanced math and reading classes. General Mills Foundation recognized Loring School for its participation in the President's Active Lifestyle Award Program.
Students at Loring look forward to popular activities and experiences beyond our core curriculum. This includes the Math Masters Team, an opportunity for students eager for additional math challenges and competition with other Minneapolis Schools. Kindergarten students and their families enjoy a fall Literacy Night. Students read books such as Stone Soup, make Stone Soup, and invite their families for dinner. Third grade expands their social studies unit on communities by visiting many important historical sites in Minneapolis. The Arts for Academic Achievement brings theater into the classroom. Fourth grade students study electricity in science class followed by a trip to the Bakken Museum to expand their knowledge and complete additional hands on experiments. Fifth grade students study the Great River Excursion. They also look forward to going to Camp Audubon to study the environment and participate in team building exercises and develop personal confidence before going to middle school.
Loring Community School enthusiastically implements the MPS Wellness Policy. Students learn about nutrition and how to make healthy food choices through growing their own food and cooking. The Loring Schoolyard Garden is an award-winning learning laboratory for all students. The garden is a true community effort - organized by and supported by families, neighbors and friends for the benefit of the children. You may have seen us on Channel 11 news, read about us in the newspapers, or heard us on Minnesota Public Radio! This year Loring School has been awarded a Medica-funded grant to teach cross-country skiing and nutrition to students in grades 3, 4 and 5. Loring is in partnership with City of the Lakes Loppet, Nordic Ski Foundation and KidsCook.
The Loring Community Council is an active group of parents, community members and teachers who work together to support children's education. The Council serves as an advisory board to the school ensuring that Loring Community School reflects the values, vision and expectations of the community. The Council also provides the school community with an annual carnival, Bingo for Books and Family Fun Nights. Other partnerships with the community include support from volunteers, Cargill Financial Services, the Victory Neighborhood Association, Salem Lutheran Church, Faith Baptist Church, Minnesota Orchestra, Target Stores in Plymouth and Crystal, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Arts for Academic Achievement, Medica, City of Lakes Loppet and Nordic Ski Foundation.
♥ From the Heart ♥
"I wonder, ‘Why would anyone choose a private school?’ Loring is a small public school with a very positive learning environment. As I walk through the halls, all the staff knows my children’s names and greets them in an affirming manner. Guess what? They do the same with me! Loring approaches each student individually and works as a team to provide appropriate challenges and opportunities to ensure academic success and creative learning. Loring is truly a community school where everyone counts.”
S.Q., Loring Parent
“I want to thank you for making my son a reader. Reading has always been something he wanted to avoid. Now he is reading on his own for pleasure. Thank you.”
P.C., Loring Parent
“Loring Community School is my choice for my gifted son because they are able to adequately challenge him and keep him excited about school. The curriculum is challenging and exciting and the staff is highly trained and enthusiastic about teaching.”
K.S., Loring Parent