Award Year: 2018
To increase student achievement by providing a positive, safe learning environment where dedicated teachers have high expectations, provide rigorous academic instruction and support the development of the whole child.
- Black/African American: 1%
- White: 83%
- Hispanic: 2%
- Native American: 12%
- Two or more races: 2%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 71%
Vandyke Elementary School is located in rural, northern Minnesota. Vandyke serves students in grades k-4 with a free and reduced rate of 67%. The Vandyke school vision is to increase student achievement by providing a positive learning environment to inspire and nurture positive attitudes, self-worth and creative life-long learners.
Vandyke is known locally as the "school by the lake" because it is situated on the shores of beautiful Trout Lake. This unique location aids Vandyke in carrying out the vision by providing students with endless opportunities for environmental education in outdoor learning laboratories- along the lakeshore, in the forest and the school garden.
Vandyke Elementary staff believe that all students can learn at high levels. The staff recognize that not all learners are the same. They collaborate to differentiate for each student's academic, social and emotional needs. This allows each student to work toward their unique goal, gain success as a learner and create a drive for continued learning.
Vandyke staff and students have embraced Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and follow the 3'R's (Readiness, Respect, and Responsibility). In addition to PBIS, staff implements Responsive Classroom strategies to foster relationships within the classroom and school community.
Vandyke Elementary students consistently perform at a rate higher than the state of Minnesota average on math and reading accountability tests. Vandyke school has a long history of recognition for student achievement, awarded a Blue Ribbon in 2009, and Minnesota School of Excellence in 1996, 2005, and 2018. The Greenway School District is proud of the achievements sought and obtained by its youngest learners.