Award Year: 2016

Birchview Elementary School

425 Ranchview Lane North
Plymouth, MN, 55447

(763) 745-5310

Mr. Sam Clayton Fredrickson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Wayzata Public Schools

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The Mission of Birchview Elementary School is to ensure a world-class education that prepares each and every student to thrive today and excel tomorrow in an ever-changing global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 63%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 19%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Birchview 1st Graders with our Bobcat and PBIS Logos.

Birchview 1st Graders with our Bobcat and PBIS Logos.

Relationships and academics flourish at Birchview Elementary School, home of the Bobcats. As a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) school, we focus on the "4 Cs": striving to be a Community of learners inspiring Compassion, cultivating Commitment and creating Curiosity.

Our diverse community of learners offers students a chance to interact with many students of different cultures and ethnicities. We believe this gives each student a chance to work with others who not only look different, but also think differently too. We offer targeted instruction through WIN (What I Need) Time - a focused instructional period of the day where each and every student receives personalized instruction. Personalized instruction is also supported as part of the Wayzata Public Schools' MyWay initiative. MyWay is the name given to the district's innovative approach to preparing students for life in the 21st Century that is enhanced through technology.

In addition to our emphasis on personalized learning, Birchview Elementary has a unique architecture that helps to provide an excellent learning experience for each and every student. Instead of the traditional classrooms found in many schools, Birchview is organized into "pods" throughout the building. A pod is a large room with several classrooms inside of it. This open classroom setting increases collaboration and adds to the community feel of our school. Our architecture not only brings students closer together, but has also helped create strong connections between staff members that, in turn, extend to our strong, supportive parent community.