Lake Superior, Photograph provided by local Thomas Spence
Welcome to Birch Grove

Welcome! We are Birch Grove Community School, a tuition-free, public charter school serving students from our Saplings Preschool program through fifth grade. Located near the north shore of Lake Superior in the charming town of Tofte, Minnesota, we offer low student-teacher ratios and top-quality programs in an atmosphere of encouragement and caring. The curriculum we follow gives our students a strong academic foothold for a future of success and growth.

We encourage you to browse our website and get to know us a little better. Whether you’re a parent of a student already enrolled, or you’re considering Birch Grove as an educational alternative for your family, we’re confident you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

A Message from Our Principal

William Butler Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” Our goal at Birch Grove Community School is to give our students deep educational roots and to kindle a love of learning that will last throughout their lives. As a small charter school, we take pride in providing an excellent education, and we value every student in our care. We believe in teaching our students responsibility and good citizenship, because we know that the students of today will be the leaders of tomorrow.

We are very grateful for the support we receive from parents, families, and the community at large as we participate in the education of the rising generation.


Diane Blanchette
School Director

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Weekly Newsletter

We have a lot going on this year, and we want our parents and students to remain informed. We post our Weekly Newsletter on the side of our News page each week. Please refer to this for any important dates, upcoming events, or weekly happenings in the classroom. Read more >>>

Pizza Lunch Wednesday

The Coho Café is donating a pizza lunch to the students on Wednesday, April 23. If your child does not like pizza, please be sure to send a lunch from home. Read more >>>

MCA Testing

MCA testing starts Tuesday, April 22. Read more >>>

Community Lunch

The last community lunch will be on Tuesday, May 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We hope that all of our families and friends can join us!

BGCS Earns the Minnesota Department of Education 2014 Finance Award!

We are very proud of earning this prestigious award!

Brick Campaign

Support Birch Grove School by purchasing a brick, and go down in history at the same time! Read more >>>

Gala for the Grove

The 4th Annual Gala for the Grove is Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.  Read more >>>

The NFL Supports Birch Grove Community School

The NFL has donated a photo board to Birch Grove Community School. Read more >>>


BGCS Takes 1st Place Again!

1st Place

BGCS had the highest MCA Reading scores of all Minnesota VOA schools for two consecutive years!


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Birch Grove Students and the Fire Dept.
Birch Grove Students
Birch Grove Students
Birch Grove Students