About

Mission

Exploring our urban ecosystem, St. Paul School of Northern Lights ensures a progressive, relationship-based learning process, educating students to be kind, curious, critical thinkers who are advocating for positive change in their diverse communities.

Vision

St. Paul School of Northern Lights endeavors to model and share best practices in progressive education. We resolve to create an enduring community fully participating in a democratic society that relies on an educated populus, embarking on a lifetime of inquiry and advocacy.

Goals

  • Improve all pupil learning and all student achievement (per MN Statute 124E.01)

  • Create an equitable learning environment where students, families, and teachers will feel valued and empowered

  • Promote the pursuit of intercultural competence, proving diversity as an educational strength

  • Inspire and improve public schools and their communities through place-based education

  • Provide professional development opportunities and invite educational dialogue for and with the greater community

  • Build stronger communities, one student at a time

Principles

URBAN ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATION
Learning will happen in the classroom and as we explore our surrounding community and natural spaces, forging meaningful connections between students and their environment.

RELATIONSHIP-BASED
Relationships are the essence of St. Paul School of Northern Lights. We understand the value of belonging to and building a strong community. We build community through kindness, valuing all of our members, and sharing our learning across classrooms and grade levels.

DIVERSITY AND EQUITY
Respecting and celebrating difference, we will focus on intercultural development as a school for and with the community. We will set cross-cultural goals for understanding, acknowledge challenges, and navigate differences together, empowering all community members to communicate respectfully.

PROGRESSIVE LEARNING
Students are born curious and ready to learn. We seek to preserve children’s innate knowledge of self and curiosity about the world in which they live. Our teachers use a dynamic and interactive approach that encourages students to explore deeply. We hold space for students to learn to balance work, life, and play.

ADVOCACY
Children are capable citizens who can and do positively contribute to their communities. We recognize and foster students’ individuality and encourage them to use their knowledge and skills for the common good. Our school is intentional about ensuring that all students understand critical concepts around identity, allyship, and social justice. We believe that developing empathy and community engagement can and should be central to the learning experience.