Award Year: 2016

Parker Elementary School

500 School Street
Elk River, MN, 55330-1341

(763) 241-3500

Mr. Scott Lempka, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Elk River Area School District #728

School Website


Parker's mission is to create respectful, lifelong learners and thinkers.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Parker students and staff celebrate their Minnesota Reward School status.

Parker students and staff celebrate their Minnesota "Reward School" status.

Parker Elementary serves approximately 525 students in the city of Elk River, an area 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis. At Parker, we are committed to creating respectful, lifelong learners and thinkers! We take pride in forming strong partnerships between staff, students and families to help our students shape their futures, accomplish their dreams and contribute to our local and global communities.

Parker was recently identified as a "Reward School" by the Minnesota Department of Education in 2015 and again in 2016. We feel strongly that our academic success is made possible by the strong relationships and positive culture among staff, students and families.

Parker staff are committed to deep implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). We leverage these PLCs to provide all learners with high-quality instruction supported by tiered interventions and enrichments for students who need them. We work to establish strong academic partnerships with the families we serve through family Math and family Literacy after school events.

Our strong school community is supported by our Parent Advisory Council who works with us to plan popular community events including our Fall Carnival and Spring Family Night. At Parker Elementary School, our students and staff have "Puma Pride" and commit to respecting self, others, property and community in all we do.