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Students in the prairie

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Holiday Sharing ~ Service Learning

Each year, k-5 students participate in a local community holiday sharing project as part of the school’s service learning program that is coordinated with the School’s Winter Music Program. Service Learning has a rich history-there has been a long-standing practice of no holiday sharing gift-giving at Nerstrand School so that students and staff can concentrate on giving to a local charity.

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Enrollment opportunities

Nerstrand School has openings in kindergarten 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, January 6 - 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)
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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