Turtle Lake Elementary School
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The school has approximately 930 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and over 120 staff members. The current principal of Turtle Lake is Darin Johnson. The school opened in 1895. The school is in the Mounds View Public Schools District. The school's theme "Be respectful, Be responsible, Be safe" is their theme for student behavior. The school's attendance area includes parts of Shoreview, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Township. Most students go onto Chippewa Middle School and then Mounds View High School.
As of 2008, the 3rd grade reading scores were in the lower 93rd percentile. The 3rd grade math scores were in the upper 93rd percentile. The 4th grade reading scores were in the upper 91st percentile. The 4th grade math scores were in the lower 90th percentile. The 5th grade reading scores were in the upper 89th percentile. The 5th grade math scores were in the lower 85th percentile.
Turtle Lake Elementary school originally opened in 1895 to about 20 students in grades 1-8. The school was School No. 35, but soon became known as Turtle Lake School after the nearby lake. Because of low enrollment and outdated facilities, the school closed in the late 1940s.
After the baby boom and the post-war construction, a new school was needed. In 1957, the new Turtle Lake School was built on the current site of the school.
In the 1980s, enrollment went down again. However, the land was soon developed. By 1987, the building was only able to serve 3 grade levels. A 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) addition was then added to the building. The building is now 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) with students K-5.
In the 2006-2007 school year, Turtle Lake Elementary School won third place for art published in all schools from Minnesota.
School hours are 8:45 to 3:25. Office hours are 8-4, the address is 1141 Lepak Court, Shoreview, Minnesota 55126. The office number is 651-621-7700. (Students arrive in the classroom at about 8:35)