Award Year: 2014

Baxter Elementary School

5546 Fairview Road
Baxter, MN, 56425-8888

(218) 454-6402

Mr. Steven J. Lundberg, Principal at time of Nomination

ISD 181

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We are committed to providing educational opportunities that engage, support, and challenge students by teaching curriculum that produces academic growth and instills lifelong learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 94%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students exploring the wonderful world of fish.

Students exploring the wonderful world of fish.

Baxter Elementary School provides education for approximately 540 students, preschool through 4th grade and strives to do what is best for kids. The school philosophy is one of shared responsibility where each well trained veteran staff are involved in various leadership roles. Along with classroom teachers, dedicated support staff are committed to the success and well-being of all students. Each year, over 200 volunteers generously share nearly 2000 hours of their time supporting teachers and students. Everyone has ownership and uses their individual strengths to achieve success at Baxter.

Baxter’s staff offers many differentiation opportunities to meet the academic needs of our students. Embedded throughout the day, Baxter offers intervention groups such as Reading Recovery and Leveled Literacy Intervention, along with enrichment opportunities including Junior Great Books and advanced math groups. Before and after school remediation and enrichment classes are available which focus on academic skills, as well as social skills.

A foundation is laid for student success starting in August with traditions such as Kindercamp and parent information nights. The year is wrapped up with Kinderfriend Day and 4th grade graduation. These and many more time-honored traditions share the joy of the milestones that students attain as they progress through Baxter. Though large in size, Baxter maintains the feeling that school is family. Staff, students, and parents are committed to each other. We have a strong academic tradition, yet relationships are at the heart of what we do.