Award Year 2015
Exemplary High Performing Schools
Friedell Middle School
1200 South Broadway
Rochester, MN, 55904-3821
Mr. Oscar Uribe Mardones, Principal at time of Nominiation
Rochester Public Schools
Our school's mission is "academic growth in a supportive environment."
- Black/African American: 9%
- White: 65%
- Hispanic: 6%
- Asian: 19%
- ELL: 4%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 22%
Friedell Middle School is nestled snugly between Dennys and the Super 8 at the intersection of two busy highways in an old furniture store in the shadow of a giant corncob-shaped water tower. Many people drive by and do not notice that there is a school here. Friedell was born in 1997 out of necessity, as a means of reducing the crowding at the other middle schools. We are a small district-wide school with approximately 450 students. Friedells appeal is not physical. It is something else. When people walk in for the first time or visit years later they remark that they feel a sense of warmth and caring. Historically, Friedell has enjoyed one of the highest percentages of racial diversity among the district middle schools. Students are diverse in many other ways as well: language, socioeconomic status, interests, beliefs, and family structure. Some students are twice exceptional; they are gifted and have a disability. Friedell is a place where students can be themselves and where parents can be assured that their children will be watched over carefully and loved. Friedells staff strives each day to fulfill the district mission: to inspire, challenge, and empower all students with the knowledge and skills required to reach their full potential, to contribute to future generations, and to become involved members of a global community. We work hard to provide students with a rich school experience that prepares them not only for high school, but for life.