Award Year: 2022

Lowell Elementary School

704 Third Avenue Northeast
Brainerd, MN, 56401-2465

(218) 454-6550

Mr. Todd Sauer, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Kathryn Ann Johnson, Current Principal

Title I School

Brainerd Public School District

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A place where we are valued, we are critical thinkers, and we are always learning. Lowell School promotes a positive environment where acceptance, diversity, cooperation and high expectations are supported by students, parents, and staff enabling success and lifelong learning.

Student Demographics
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Partners working together deepening problem solving skills

Partners working together deepening problem solving skills

Lowell Elementary School is one of six elementary schools in the Brainerd Public Schools District in central Minnesota, housing grades K-4. Lowell is a strong family of dedicated educators that believe in helping each student reach their full potential by setting high expectations. Staff value life-long learning and relationships with students, families, and community. Lowell's educational model allows students to work at their own level, while making positive connections with multiple staff members and their peers. Lowell offer opportunities to learn Spanish as a second language and allots daily time for engaging instruction around topics that expand background knowledge, including robotics and culinary opportunities.

Students from all backgrounds are challenged through a rigorous and positive learning environment. Teachers in each grade level have collaborative work time every day for 30-minutes. Teachers discuss student progress, adjust various learning groups, and create continuity between their practices to reach the highest quality instruction.
When needed, students receive remedial instruction in reading and math. Lowell has full-time special education teachers assigned at each grade level. The school utilized a portion of Title I funds for a full-time literacy coach. This allows for continuity and high impact practices to be implemented throughout the building. The district screen all students for possible placement into Lowell's Area Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE) program. This program provides gifted students a modified curriculum that accelerates their math instruction and expands their reading curriculum beyond their grade level peers.