Students will build a strong academic foundation, develop leadership qualities, and strengthen their skills and mindsets for successful lifelong learning. They will experience rigorous and relevant hands-on STEM opportunities that enhance problem-solving, critical and creative thinking skills and their ability to work effectively with others.
District 196 Early Learning Philosophy
The goal of early learning is to nurture the development of children to be inquisitive, eager to learn, creative, confident, compassionate and self-initiating. Early learning should support cooperative learning, socialization, healthy self-esteem, and creativity while maximizing the growth of problem-solving, decision-making and early literacy and math skills.
Our programming consists of teacher-facilitated, hands-on activities that address the individual children's needs and interests. Children assume increasing personal responsibility and independence as they grow and develop.
Essential connections between home, school, and the community are acknowledged and strengthened through early learning programming. Families and teachers work cooperatively to encourage and support children on their unique journey of lifelong learning.
Classes are Monday-Friday from AM CLASS 9:10-11:55am and PM CLASS 1:10-3:55pm
The kindergarten team at Echo Park School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology is happy to welcome you and your kindergartener to school. We are excited and hope to make his/her first year full of learning and fun.
Kindergarten instruction encourages the growth of problem solving, decision making and communication skills, and supports cooperative learning, socialization, healthy self-esteem and creativity. Growth occurs as children actively participate in concrete, hands-on activities each day.
The kindergarten program fosters the important connections between home, school and the community. This is most effective when families and teachers work cooperatively to encourage and support children as they leave and strive to reach their full potential.
Kindergarten Teachers (call 651-683-6969, then select voicemail number below to leave a message)
First Grade is a foundational year that builds on past learning experiences and engages students as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers. Our students learn through hands-on opportunities that foster the development of leadership skills in young children.
Technology is interwoven throughout our day as we prepare our students for twenty-first century skills that will help them contribute to the world around them. Our goal as First Grade teachers is to provide a fun, safe, and respectful atmosphere. Come and have fun learning and growing with us—you’ll be glad you did!
What do plants, sail cars, whirly gigs, engineering, and The 7 Habits of Happy Kids all have in common? These learning experiences and many more are apart of our second grade year at Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering, and Technology!
We believe in making our students feel safe, loved, and valued throughout their second grade experience! We look forward to working with you to create a successful second grade school year.
Third grade is a year filled with exciting new learning! Students work in collaborative groups and develop inquiry skills through research. They engineer problem based challenges and create projects using digital media. Leadership skills are developed throughout the year that allows students to demonstrate responsibility within our school and to each other.
Third Grade Teachers (call 651-683-6969, then select voicemail number below to leave a message)
What do the Kindness Retreat, states, capitals, electricity, magnetism, healthy bodies, leadership development, extending multiplication and division into problem-solving and human impact on the environment have in common?
If you guessed the fourth grade year of learning at Echo Park, you are correct! In our fourth grade, we strive for everyone to feel welcome and contribute their leadership capabilities and cultures into our daily learning. We utilize leadership tools to develop and reach our goals through perseverance and high standards. We strongly believe in utilizing these goals to hold each other accountable for our learning and sharing our learning.
5th graders at Echo Park nurture their leadership skills by participating in:
- Service opportunities, such as Feed My Starving Children
- A collaborative learning partnership with Dakota County Parks
- Engineering enrichment at STARBASE Minnesota
- Leadership roles in band, choir, safety patrols, kinder patrols, student council
- Serving as role models to buddy classrooms
- Plus much more!