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2020 Minnesota School of Excellence Validations

Elementary schools validated as 2020-2021 Minnesota Schools of Excellence:


  • Holdingford Elementary School, Holdingford Public School District, Principal Jim Stang
  • Ramsey Elementary School, Anoka-Hennepin School District, Principal Amy Reed



“Through the Minnesota School of Excellence (SOE) program, grounded in national research on high-performing schools, MESPA has created the premier opportunity in the state for validating excellence and a commitment to continual growth in a school community,” said Jon Millerhagen, MESPA Executive Director. “This school improvement program examines the entire school community through six national standards, ensuring there is a holistic approach to creating a plan for future achievement and celebrating the unique accomplishments of each School of Excellence.”

Tami Staloch-Schultz, chair of the Minnesota School of Excellence Committee, said, “It takes commitment and teamwork to honestly and thoroughly assess areas of strength and at the same time identify a plan for continual growth. The SOE process asks the entire school community – parents, students, staff, administration, and more – to reflect on and celebrate the collaborative work being done in school communities. Schools that receive validation have had important data-driven conversations about what a high-quality, modern learning experience should be for all students and have plans to make that learning experience a reality for many years to come. Honoring the important work of dedicated staff, eager students, and supportive communities is an essential component of becoming a School of Excellence.”

 Congratulations to our 2020 validated School of Excellence principals!

Click below to read individual press releases:


Holdingford Elementary School

Holdingford Public School District

Principal Jim Stang


Ramsey Elementary School

Anoka-Hennepin Public School District

Principal Amy Reed

Want to become validated as a School of Excellence?
Letter of intent due October 30, 2020

Application (parts 1 & 2) due June 1, 2021

The Minnesota School of Excellence (SOE) program promotes excellence through a rigorous 1 or 2 year-long, self-directed evaluation process that showcases dynamic schools of the 21st century. The schools earn validation by completing a school community self-study, developing a plan to build on evident strengths & address areas needing improvement, and assessing ongoing results from implementing the plan. SOE also enables to principals to earn CEU's. Learn More

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