Award Year: 2017

Gordon Bailey Elementary School

4125 Woodlane Drive
Woodbury, MN, 55129-2530

(651) 425-4803

Ms. Candy M Hofstad, Principal at time of Nomination

South Washington County School District

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The mission of Bailey Elementary School is to increase student achievement by cultivating caring relationships between staff, parents and students and proactively teaching students to work hard, respect self and others and make everyone feel like they belong.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 67%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 46%
Bailey Staff - First Day of School 2016

Bailey Staff - First Day of School 2016

Gordon Bailey Elementary School strives to meet the needs of ALL students. Our school consists of 600 Prek -5th grade students and 100 staff members. At Bailey we cultivate caring relationships between staff, students, and families to increase student achievement. We teach students how to work hard, respect others and make everyone feel like they belong.

Quality instruction and building a solid foundation in the areas of literacy and math are always in the forefront of our planning. Building this foundation is necessary for students to be successful in other academic areas throughout their school careers. We also use data to identify students who may need remediation and/or enrichment. Close collaboration with colleagues is vital to the success of students.

Bailey staff focus on personalized instruction which is also part of our District 833 Strategic Plan. We strive to engage, motivate, and empower each student through personal instruction creating shared ownership of learning. One way we provide this type of instruction is utilizing project based learning opportunities for our students. Allowing students to work in small groups and cooperatively with peers prepares them for the future.

In addition to our emphasis on personalized instruction, Bailey Elementary also ensures a safe and inclusive environment for staff, students and families. Building relationships is an important aspect of creating a positive climate. Our focus on relationships has reminded the staff "WHY" we do what we do each and every day. It's all about the students. We ignite a passion for lifelong learning.