Parnassus Prep School-Grammar

Public, Charter K-4

 11201 96th Ave N
       Maple Grove, MN  55369-3676

 (763) 496-1416

 School Website

District: Parnassus Preparatory Charter School

SchoolDigger Rank:
424th of 847 Minnesota Elementary Schools

Student/teacher ratio:  20.4
Number of students:  611

Racial breakdown:

African American:

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  25.0%

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Compare Details In 2018, Parnassus Prep School-Grammar ranked worse than 50.1% of elementary schools in Minnesota. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 56.88. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Student population at Parnassus Prep School-Grammar is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (50.1%), African American (26.7%), Asian (13.1%). (See more...)
Compare Details 25% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Parnassus Prep School-Grammar is 20.4. (See more...)
Compare Parnassus Prep School-Grammar employs 29.8 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Parnassus Prep School-Grammar:

SchoolDigger ranks Parnassus Prep School-Grammar 424th of 847 Minnesota public elementary schools. (See Parnassus Prep School-Grammar in the ranking list.)

Parnassus Preparatory Charter School:

SchoolDigger ranks Parnassus Preparatory Charter School 171st of 440 Minnesota school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Parnassus Prep School-Grammar

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2014 70.86 234th 826 71.7%
2015 68.53 274th 840 67.4%
2016 79.15 129th 848 84.8%
2017 68.07 298th 853 65.1%
2018 56.88 424th 847 49.9%

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by a citizen
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Open Quote 30 Plus in school of grammar classes
Teacher turn over is very high
The building is falling apart and lacks many things
Focus is on the School of Rhetoric where they are lucky to get 10-15 in a class
This school is not for children who are struggling learners as they do not believe in differentiating or teaching different ways to meet students needs.
High volume in homework even when research shows that more homework does not increase student intelligence or knowledge
Poor to no technology exposure
Most teachers stay less than 2 years so work environment is poor which means the leadership is lacking at all levels. Close Quote

by a parent
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Open Quote For families interested in a very challenging, academically-focused classical education, Parnassus is a great choice. In addition to the usual subjects, elemntary age kids are taking a deep dive into grammar, history, science, Spanish and Latin. They are also focusing on public speaking skills and character development. There are no silly parties, videos shown in the classrooms, or computer time to play "educational games." Kids read and discuss classical books that have withstood the test of time. The school has been accused of being academically elitist. I don't think that is true. Quite the opposite -- it sets the bar high for everyone. There is no gifted and talented program. Everybody takes part in the same rigorous program. Goethe's maxim is alive and well. “If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as he is, but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” Parnassus has also been accused of not being fun. That is true in the sense that it does not seek to educate by entertaining. It provides a path to the deeper joy that comes from mastering difficult tasks, having the freedonm that comes when they are willing to risk failure, learning that perserverance will bring them closer to your goals, and acquiring a strong base of knowledge and the skills of logic and rhetoric that will allow them to forge their own path. Parnassus (and classical schools like it) are certainly not the only path to success. If it isn't your cup of tea, that is ok. We are fortunate to have a broad spectrum of choices in public education. Close Quote

by a parent
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Open Quote Very unhappy with the Special Education Program at Parnassus. This school is equipped to handle children in the mainstream only. Their SE program is lacking and I am sorely disappointed in the way they handle and accommodate their SE scholars. Close Quote

by a citizen
Monday, October 20, 2014

Open Quote I recommend Parnassus Preparatory School to families that truly wish to see their children succeed academically. This school is very challenging but if you are willing to put the time end energy into your child's education you will see how high they can soar. If you want to know more. Visit Close Quote

by a parent
Sunday, January 5, 2014

Open Quote Great school. I'm so amazed at how much my children have learned in the last two years.This is a great education that your children will be getting.I would highly recommend everyone to check out all the great oppt this school has to offer. Close Quote

Enrollment information for Parnassus Prep School-Grammar

Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2012 294 18 10 19 1 2 9 0 353
2013 477 46 35 27 2 0 24 0 611
2014 502 132 59 33 1 0 33 0 760
2015 325 89 60 20 0 0 23 0 517
2016 334 112 68 27 0 0 26 0 567
2017 306 163 80 34 1 n/a 27 0 611

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Parnassus Prep School-Grammar

Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 353 13.5 26.1 10.8
2013 611 27.6 22.0 11.3
2014 760 34.6 21.9 19.5
2015 517 25.0 20.6 15.9
2016 567 27.0 21.0 20.8
2017 611 29.8 20.4 25.0

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Parnassus Prep School-Grammar

Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 353 13.5 26.1 10.8
2013 611 27.6 22.0 11.3
2014 760 34.6 21.9 19.5
2015 517 25.0 20.6 15.9
2016 567 27.0 21.0 20.8
2017 611 29.8 20.4 25.0

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

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