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Kindergarten and First Grade Multiage Moves Forward

In building on our successes at Nerstrand Elementary, we have been transitioning the multiage grade configurations for the past two years to offer a consistent experience for all students that is aligned to our school mission. Our mission to provide a nurturing, multiage environment which fosters collaboration and character development, has led us to look comprehensively at grade configuration. 

Enrollment opportunities

Nerstrand School has openings in kindergarten, grade 4 and grade 5 classrooms for the current 2014-15 school year. Please click the 'apply now' button to submit application. Thank you!

We will be accepting school year 2015-16 enrollment applications, February 1 - March 7, 2015.

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Contact Information

Nerstrand Elementary School 205 S 2nd Street Nerstrand, MN 55053
507-333-6850 (office) | 507-333-6870 (fax)

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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