Award Year: 2018

Canby Elementary School

601 4th Street West
Canby, MN, 56220-1400

(507) 223-2003

Mr. Ryan Arndt, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Canby Public School District

School Website


Educate and empower each student with the skills, attitudes, and abilities to succeed in life.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 53%
Canby Elementary doing a DEAR reading. (Drop Everything And READ)

Canby Elementary doing a DEAR reading. (Drop Everything And READ)

Canby Elementary is located in the southwest part of Minnesota approximately 30 miles from Marshall MN. Canby is primarily an agricultural community with approximately 1900 residents. Canby Elementary serves approximately 350 students at this time in grades pre-k-6. Canby Elementary pulls students in from surrounding communities from Minnesota and South Dakota.

Canby Elementary has received the status of a Reward school in Minnesota for five years in a row until 2017 when the award was not given out as a transition year. Canby Elementary has also decreased the achievement gap in math by 50% which was Minnesota’s goal by 2017. That responsibility has been carried by a dedicated teaching staff, students, parents, other members of the community, and administrative staff. Canby Elementary has an energetic staff that the students are excited and comfortable interacting with each other.

Canby Elementary is able to challenge and give extra supports to students in a variety of ways. Canby Elementary uses the Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math program provided by Renaissance. By using this program, our students are challenged by working in libraries above his/her grade level. At the same time, our teachers can differentiate teaching by allowing students to work in other libraries. Canby Elementary runs a schoolwide Title I program. Therefore, Canby Elementary has a fully implemented Response to Intervention program (RTI) in kindergarten through sixth grade in math and reading. Canby Elementary is dedicated in using effective research based instructional practices.