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The Children’s Defense Fund - Freedom Schools program provides summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes towards learning. Children are taught using a model pedagogy that supports children and families around five essential components: high-quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutrition, health and mental health.

Quick Notes about Freedom Schools

  • Freedom Schools is 6 weeks Free Summer Program that focuses on Literacy
  • Daily incorporation of STEAM, weekly field trips, and culturally-responsive activities during the afternoon session
  • Although, it’s a literacy program and data demonstrates significant growth; it is not a reading intervention program
  • Servant Leader Interns (SLI) receive intense training to instruct 1:10 student ratio
  • Children of Color greatly benefit from all of the cultural responsive practices, literature, experiences, etc.
  • It is not limited to children of color.

June 18-July 26

Monday - Friday
8 am - 3 pm
Application is ONLINE only
Must have completed grades Kindergarten through 7th grade
Must be currently enrolled in Osseo Area Schools

For more information, please see this INFORMATIONAL FLYER

Electives Troups


Elective Showcases-

Our first round of Arts Electives classes in grades 1-5 will be completed in December.  Each elective class will participate in an informal showcase during the school day to share what they have been working on.  Families and friends are welcome to come and see the displays and performances in the gym!

Grade 1:  Wed, Dec. 6th- 3:10-3:50

Grade 2 & 3:  Thurs, Dec. 7th- 3:10-3:50

Grades 4 & 5:  Mon, Dec. 4th- 3:10-3:50

Students will sign up for a new elective class after winter break.


Winter Troupe Performances

The first Troupe performances of the year will take place on:

Thurs, Dec. 14th- 6:30-8:00 PM for Grades 2 & 3 Troupes (and 4 & 5 Choir)

Fri, Dec. 15th- 6:30-8: PM for Grades 4 & 5 Troupes (and 2 & 3 Choir)

All friends and family are invited to attend!  This is not a ticketed performance.  The schedule for the evenings will be:

6:30-7:00 PM- Displays by the Art Troupe

7:00-8:00- Performances on stage by Choir, Dance, Drama, Media Arts (Lights and Sound)

Troupe students have received information from their troupe leaders about what time to arrive and what to wear. 

Magnet schools like Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts offer specialized curricular themes that allow students to discover the artist, scientist, or leader within them; learn through their passion for the arts; explore or begin a career in health science; and expand their horizons through an internationally recognized global education. Magnet schools also provide opportunities to integrate our learning environments.

Magnet schools like Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts are open to students living in any of the seven member districts of the Northwest Suburban Integration School District. Transportation is available to eligible students, in accordance with district guidelines. 

Enrollment in the magnet schools is open to all students living within the seven-member school districts of Osseo, Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center, Buffalo, Elk River, Fridley, and Rockford.

Neighborhoods are redefined when we talk about magnet schools. A magnet school neighborhood includes students from other communities who have the same interests. What you will learn and how you will learn it frames the neighborhood in which you choose to learn and grow. It may be filled with future artists or dancers, scientists or technicians, diplomats or Rhodes Scholars.

There are no academic or other criteria for student selection. All students who apply will be placed if there are seats available. A lottery will determine placement if more students apply than seats available.

Learn more about enrollment through Northwest Suburban Integration School District.

Spirit Week Starts Monday March 19th!!

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You are invited to participate in Spirit Week by dressing up with the theme for each day.

Monday, March 19th: Exercise Day- Wear your favorite athletic clothes and get in extra steps!

Tuesday, March 20th: Excessive Accessory Day- Wear as many accessories as you can (hats, scarves, jewelry, etc).

Wednesday, March 21st: Student/Teacher Switch Day- Students dress as teachers, teachers dress as students.

Thursday, March 22nd: Culture Day- Wear something that represents your culture.

Friday, March 23rd: Color Day- Each grade wears a different color. Office staff will judge to decide which grade level has the most color!

Pre-K- Yellow                          2nd Grade- Red                       4th Grade- Purple       

K- Black                                  3rd Grade- Orange                  5th Grade- Blue

1st Grade- Green                    



School Info

Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts
4690 Brookdale Drive
Brooklyn Park MN  55443

School Hours
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Office Hours
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Phone & Fax

School Office
763-561-1374, ext. 1

General Fax 

School Leadership

Jeff Zastrow

Assistant Principal
Keisha Davis