Award Year: 2014

Lowell Elementary School

704 Third Avenue Northeast
Brainerd, MN, 56401-2413

(218) 454-6650

Mr. Todd R. Sauer, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

ISD 181

School Website


To promote a positive environment where acceptance, cooperation and high expectations are supported by students, parents and staff -- enabling success and lifelong learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
First and Fourth grade children working with Lego Robotics.

First and Fourth grade children working with Lego Robotics.

Lowell Elementary provides a quality education for approximately 440 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The fabric of the student population consists of a diverse socio-economic background. What makes Lowell school different from other schools is the melding of curriculum, interventions, and an intense desire on the part of every staff member to see all children achieve. From Special Education and Title I programming for students that struggle academically to the Area Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE) program for students with high academic abilities, every child is educated at his/her own developmental level. Through this approach students enjoy learning and make tremendous educational growth.

In order to do this, teachers participate in team meetings several times a year that focus on data to drive instruction that is differentiated for each child. Teachers then implement new strategies with the support of various coaching models and learning communities. Literacy and peer coaches initiate new teacher acclimation; provide constructive feedback; and present Best Practice methods for continued growth for all teachers. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) bring staff together to problem solve and discuss ideas to better meet the needs of students.

Creating the "Lowell family" is at the heart of the school’s success and takes staff beyond simply teaching. It is every staff member’s passion and dedication to teaching the whole child, as well as LOVE for each of them, that instills a confidence that their kids will succeed.