Academics

On July 30, Governor Walz announced a framework that allows local school districts to determine how they will begin the 2020-21 school year based on COVID-19 case data by county. On Friday, August 7 the School Board approved a Fall 2020 Return to School Plan, during a School Board Special Work Session. See the district presentation and meeting recording

White Bear Lake Area Schools will be offering a Hybrid Learning Model for all students K-12+. A Distance Learning Model will also be available for all families who choose that as an option. Regardless of which learning model a family chooses for its student(s), we are committed to providing an engaging, equitable and quality learning experience for each student.

Specific plans regarding transportation, health and safety guidelines and the learning models are outlined in the Fall 2020 Return to School Guide.

Fall 2020 Return to School Guide

District plans will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

The nine elementary schools in the White Bear Lake Area School District serves students in kindergarten through 5th grades. Children are eligible to be enrolled in the White Bear Lake Area Public Schools if their legal address is within the boundaries of the school district. To enroll a child in kindergarten, he/she must be five years of age on or before September 1.

For more information about elementary schools and their curricula, call the Office of Teaching and Learning at (651) 407-7568.

Overview of Elementary Curriculum

The literacy curriculum is made up of several areas. Students learn reading skills through literature, content materials, and from their reading textbooks. Students learn how the printed word impacts their lives and that reading is used for gaining information, for leisure and enjoyment, and that it is a life long activity. Students keep a record of what they read because reading for practice is necessary for developing reading skills.

  • Introduction in oral and written expression emphasizes the student's use of good listening skills and ability to express ideas both orally and in written form.
  • Spelling focuses on teaching students to spell words correctly both in daily work and in testing formats. Students are encouraged to spell words even if they are not certain of the exact letters - proofreading then helps correct any errors.
  • In primary grades, handwriting encourages the student to form letters correctly and write legibly in daily work. At the intermediate level, handwriting is assessed as a part of all written work.

Resources

For more detail, view the Minnesota Department of Education, K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Standards curriculum page.  

 

Special Programs

Academic Standards

Standards approved by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Legislature. (All are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader)

International Baccalaureate at Matoska International

Matoska International IB World School is a K-5 public school option available to families within the White Bear Lake Area School District. The school is a globally-minded school providing its students with both a worldwide perspective and a strong connection to the local communities in which we live. The site has been an International Baccalaureate World School since the 2011-12 academic year.

As an IB World School, Matoska International:

  • is part of a network of 3,000 schools in 140 different countries with a similar vision and emphasis on best practices
  • has demonstrated a commitment to focus on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside
  • has curriculum recognized as substantial, in-depth and having global significance

In addition, Matoska International IB World School students are provided the same district services which are available to students at our other elementary schools. These include access to special education, speech, media, music, basic skills and physical education specialists. The district provides transportation to Matoska International for students from throughout the White Bear Lake Area School District. 

Find additional information about International Baccalaureate here.