GET TO KNOW OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
RPS Elementary Schools
- Bamber Valley Elementary School
- Bishop Elementary School
- Churchill | Hoover Elementary Schools
- Elton Hills Elementary School
- Folwell Elementary School
- Franklin Elementary School*
- Gage Elementary School*
- Gibbs Elementary School
- Jefferson Elementary School
- Lincoln K-8 Elementary School*
- Longfellow 45-15 Elementary School*
- Overland Elementary School
- Pinewood Elementary School
- Riverside Elementary School
- Sunset Terrace Elementary School
- Washington Elementary School*
Bamber Valley Elementary School
Situated in Southwest Rochester, Bamber Valley Elementary serves approximately 840 students in grades K-5.
We are also the district base school for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
Our students are grouped in classroom using the Total School Cluster Grouping plan which is a research-based model for grouping students and differentiating instruction to improve teaching, learning and achievement of all students.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3030.
Bishop Elementary School
Harriet Bishop Elementary, originally constructed in 1959, is located in Northwest Rochester and serves approximately 450 students in grades K-5. Bishop is a welcoming neighborhood school, striving to ensure that all students individual needs are known, met and celebrated.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3100.
Churchill | Hoover Elementary Schools
Churchill and Hoover Elementary Schools are located in Northeast Rochester.
Churchill|Hoover can be described as one school, but two sites. Churchill serves students in grades K-2, while Hoover is just down the hill and serves students in grades 3-5. An addition was added to Hoover in fall 2018 of 21 classrooms to meet the needs of our Early Learning students.
Collectively, these schools serve just a bit more than 650 early learning and K-5 students. Go, Huskies!
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3150.
Elton Hills Elementary School
Elton Hills is located in Northwest Rochester and is home to more than 480 K-5 students.
The Elton Hills Community welcomes all students to support learning, working hard, making friends, and having fun. The EH Eagles achieve great success by believing in each other.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3200.
Folwell Elementary School
Folwell Elementary is a close community of just over 340 K-5 students in Southwest Rochester. The building was constructed in 1930 but has changed as we have grown. Folwell staff believe all children can achieve at the highest levels and we want all families to feel valued and connected as our partners. By working together, we can accomplish great things and soar to new heights for our students!
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3220.
Franklin Elementary School*
Originally constructed in 1969, Ben Franklin is situated in a Southeast Rochester neighborhood and serves approximately 675 students in grades K-5.
Our students are grouped in classrooms under the Total School Cluster Grouping model.
This model is a specific, research-based, total-school application of cluster grouping combined with differentiation, focused on meeting the needs of students while also improving teaching, learning, and achievement of all students.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3300.
Montessori at Franklin Elementary School
Montessori at Franklin is a District-wide Option School within Franklin Elementary School.
The Montessori approach to education embraces individualized instruction for children, mixed-age groupings, a structured curriculum, and a prepared environment using specialized Montessori teaching materials. Montessori classrooms allow children to move, touch, manipulate, and explore specifically designed learning materials with both direct and indirect teaching to foster their journey from concrete to abstract. Since Montessori education is based on the inner motivation of the child, the teacher’s role is to develop and work a student's motivation in ways that will enhance each child’s learning experience.
Gage Elementary School*
Gage Elementary School, located in Northwest Rochester, is a full-service community school focusing on which means it is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources.
Its integrated focus on academics, youth development, family support, health and social services, and community development aims to improve student learning, strengthen families and nurture a healthier community.
Gage is also home to also houses the district-wide Kindergarten - 5th grade Spanish Immersion program. Together, the neighborhood school and Spanish Immersion program are home to more than 750 K-5 Gage Gators.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3400.
Gage Spanish Immersion Program
Gage Spanish Immersion is a District-wide Option School within Gage Elementary School.
Spanish immersion is an approach to education in which learning and instruction is conducted in Spanish. The Gage Spanish Immersion program is a 90/10 model. This means that Spanish is the only language of instruction in Kindergarten and in first grade, which makes up 90% of days. The 10% of English instruction for kindergarten and first grade students is during specials. Students start receiving some English instruction in the classroom near the end of second grade, with more English instruction being added every year until 5th grade, at which time about half of instruction is in English and about half of instruction is in Spanish.
The immersion program uses the same curricula as non-immersion classrooms in the district. For more information, check out the Gage Spanish Immersion website.
Gibbs Elementary School
Gibbs Elementary is home of the Penguins. Gibbs opened its doors in the fall of 2009 and now serves approximately 850 Kindergarten through 5th grade students in Northwest Rochester.
Gibbs uses the Total School Cluster Grouping model, a specific, research-based, total-school application of cluster grouping combined with differentiation, focused on meeting the needs of students while also improving teaching, learning, and achievement of all students.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-4100.
Jefferson Elementary School
Located in Northeast Rochester, Jefferson serves 600 plus Kindergarten through 5th grade students.
It is also home to the district’s autism spectrum disorder program, which provides specialized support for students and enriches the entire learning community.
Jefferson staff are passionate about students and learning, and their commitment to do whatever it takes shines through in all they do. At Jefferson, families are valued partners in their children’s education and by working together with families, Jefferson Jaguars can achieve great academic and social and emotional success.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3500.
Lincoln K-8 Elementary School*
Lincoln K-8 is both a District-wide Option School and a neighborhood school.
The mission of Lincoln is to educate and empower our children in a family-oriented and creative community by cultivating excellence.
Staff use a thematic approach to deliver curriculum which support the individual learning styles of the whole child.
Our innovative science curriculum supports academic excellence and is fostering the next generation of talented and creative scientists. We are a creative community that incorporates visual arts, music and class productions in grades K-8.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3550.
Longfellow 45-15 Elementary School*
Longellow 45-15 Elementary School is a District-wide Option School.
Longfellow follows a 45-15 instructional calendar with school beginning the last week of July after a six-week summer vacation. Students attend school each of the four instructional quarters for approximately 45 days followed by 15 days of vacation.
Benefits of the 45-15 schedule include greater student retention and less reteaching due to the strategically placed breaks, consistent teaching time, and positive school culture.
Our staff is highly creative with the infusion of research based differentiation models to meet the needs of our learners. As a one-to-one technology school, every student utilizes an iPad throughout the school day for instruction.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3600.
Overland Elementary School
Overland is our newest elementary school located in NW Rochester. This school is designed for collaboration and community among students. Overland is currently in the process of staffing, establishing administration, and the logo design process.
Overland opened in the Fall of 2021 to Harriet Bishop students as their school was being rebuilt. Overland will open with its own attendance boundary in the Fall of 2022.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3100.
Pinewood Elementary School
Pinewood Elementary School is a neighborhood school that is home to around 340 kindergarten through fifth grade students.
Our 1 to 1 iPad initiative offers each student the opportunity to create, design and enhance their learning through technology.
We embrace the notion that our students, parents, and staff are all part of the Pinewood family. Our staff are dedicated to developing students who are readers, problem-solvers, and good citizens, ready to face this ever changing world.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3630.
Riverside Elementary School
Sunset Terrace Elementary School
Sunset Terrace is located in Northwest Rochester. The school serves approximately 690 K - 5 grade students, known as the Wildcats.
Sunset Terrace staff believe all students have the ability to achieve at high levels. Curriculum is an integration between core skill sets, like reading and math, as well as social and emotional skills.
Families play a critical role in their children’s experience. The Sunset Terrace community believes families play a critical role in their children’s education experience and aim to collaborate with each family as a partner in education.
To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3770.
Washington Elementary School*
Washington Elementary School is a District-wide Option School.
Washington uses a curriculum based on the Core Knowledge Sequence, a rich and rigorous body of information in American and world history, geography, science, literature, music and art.
It is our belief that the most effective elementary education balances high expectations for mastery of basic reading, math, writing, and technology skills with a solid foundation of factual information in the content areas.
The area of reading stresses systematic phonics instruction in the primary grades and builds vocabulary, comprehension and reading fluency throughout the grades and reading instruction is supplemented with classic literature recommended in the Core Knowledge Sequence.
Math instruction uses a traditional style focused on the MN state standards with an emphasis on mastery of basic math facts, computation skills, concepts, and problem solving.