Sarah's class on 1st day of school

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From the Desk of Maggie

I have been looking through old binders and files in my office and came upon our Mission Statement, which we still have today.  Our mission statement says that Nerstrand Elementary School will empower students to be self-directed, lifelong learners by providing a nurturing, multiage environment that fosters cooperation and character development.  

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We have openings in our 4th/5th grade class for this Fall and we will continue to accept applications in other grade levels for our waiting list. Please click the "Apply Now" button to submit an application. Thank you!

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Contact Information

Nerstrand Elementary School
205 S 2nd Street Nerstrand, MN 55053
507-333-6850 (Office) | 507-333-6870 (Fax)
507-334-5121 (Faribault Transportation)

Our Story

Nerstrand Elementary, the little school by the Big Woods, is a public K-5 elementary charter school located in a rural setting near Faribault, Minnesota.

155 students and their teachers join together in multi-age classrooms to discover project-based, hands-on learning that includes environment studies locally at the Big Woods State Park. Students participate in daily music and physical education instruction. Instrumental music lessons and band is offered to all 5th grade students. Students learn and serve through community related opportunities within the school.

We believe all children can and want to learn. Toward that goal, we take the Responsive Classroom approach to creating a safe, challenging, and joyful educational environment. Responsive Classroom seeks to teach students appropriate ways of getting along with each other as members of the community.

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Daily Schedule

  • 8:15 a.m. – First Bell Rings
  • 8:25 a.m. – Warning Bell
  • 8:30 a.m. – Pledge of Allegiance/Classes Begin
  • 2:40 p.m. – Early Bus Bell
  • 2:50 p.m. – Final Dismissal Bell

Early Dismissal Wednesdays occur periodically throughout the year. Please see calendar for specific dates. Dismissal on these days is at 12:40 p.m. and 12:50 p.m.

Morning Supervision begins at 8:00 a.m. Please do not send your children to school before this time.

Nerstrand Elementary School office hours during the school year are 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Regal Eagles After School Child Care is available on all school days except the last day of school. For more information, please click on the Regal Eagles tab.