Lake Superior, Photograph provided by local Thomas Spence
Our Program
Boy doing Math

Our elementary students flourish in multi-grade classrooms, where every child receives one-on-one attention and benefits from working together with classmates in an encouraging and vibrant setting. Parents and community members actively engage in student learning and work in concert with teachers and staff members to promote the best interest and success of each student.


Our Curriculum

We believe that a solid education is not just about what we teach—though that is certainly important—but it is also about how we teach our students. That’s why we have selected the nationally recognized Core Knowledge Sequence as the foundation of our academic program.

The Core Knowledge Sequence is a detailed outline of specific content in language arts, history and geography, math, science, and the fine arts. We use this program, along with the Minnesota State Academic Standards benchmarks, in order to create a comprehensive curriculum map for both the primary and intermediate classrooms. 

The Benefits of the Core Knowledge Sequence

For students:

  • Promotes a broad base of knowledge and a rich vocabulary
  • Motivates students to learn and creates a strong desire to learn more
  • Provides the knowledge necessary for higher levels of learning and helps build confidence
  • Provides an academic focus and encourages consistency in instruction
  • Promotes a community of learners—adults and children
  • Becomes an effective tool for lesson planning and communication among teachers and parents
  • Guides thoughtful purchases of school resources


For parents and the community:

  • Provides a clear outline of what we expect the children to learn in school
  • Encourages parents to participate in their children’s education both at home and in school
  • Provides opportunities for community members to help obtain and provide instructional resources

Special Education

We offer special education services on site at Birch Grove Community School, provided by qualified special education staff. If you believe your child might qualify for these services, or if you would like to learn more about our program, please contact the school office.


Literacy Plan

Our current practice includes a scientifically based curriculum, small group instruction in the classroom, 90 minutes per day on reading instruction, 30-60 minutes per day devoted to independent reading and writing, staff meetings specifically dedicated to student assessment and achievement, staff development, and individual plans designed to increased academic performance in students that are not making adequate growth. Please read about Birch Grove’s current practices in this literacy plan.


Our Mission

Birch Grove Community School will promote academic excellence utilizing our unique natural setting allowing students to reach their potential, preparing them to become socially and environmentally responsible, self-directed, life-long learners.



Our Vision

Birch Grove Community School envisions quality curriculum, excellent staff, and committed families and community members. 

Our vision also includes:

  • A K-5 educational program in multi-grade classrooms.
  • Low student/teacher ratios.
  • A focus on: reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Preparing students to be active and responsible citizens in their community.
  • Encouraging student/parent/community ownership in their community school.

Birch Grove Community School will provide a nurturing and safe environment where:

  • Parents and community members are actively engaged in student learning.
  • High expectations for students and staff are modeled and clearly defined.
  • Quality programs are developed, evaluated, and continuously improved.
  • All students’ needs are met.
  • Student-teacher ratios in the classroom are low.
  • Students’ lives are further enriched through active partnership with local citizens.