Birchview Elementary School was built in 1969 and is located in Plymouth just one block east of Central Middle School. At Birchview Elementary, staff members strive for academic excellence, emotional and physical well being and social success for the students within a safe and caring environment. The staff at Birchview Elementary set goals to improve their instructional practices and student outcomes in all areas of the curriculum.
The elementary school experience provides a foundation for learning for all students. From the beginning of kindergarten, students learn the wide variety of skills necessary for success in school and out of school. There is a focus on foundational skills in reading, math, science, and social studies. We recognize the importance of the arts, fitness and health, Spanish and technology on our students' ability to think creatively, globally, and in a healthy manner. The integration of technology assists in the personalization of education, creating more interactive lessons, and building skills that are becoming increasingly important for success in today’s work force, such as digital literacy, communication and collaboration. Our staff works with all students to help them excel. To accomplish this, they use ongoing formative assessments and work in Professional Learning Teams to analyze student data to address individual needs.
Through a committed partnership of staff, parents and community members, Birchview Elementary provides a strong sense of connection to the school that encourages learning. Grade-level team and school wide efforts to provide quality instruction are enhanced through a collaborative exchange with the University of St. Thomas. The learning of students and staff are always a focus at Birchview Elementary.
Birchview Elementary was recognized as a 2006 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The Blue Ribbon Schools program honors schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests.
All Wayzata Public Schools elementary schools have a volunteer parent organization that works closely with the school to provide many wonderful experiences for the students. Parents also provide enrichment experiences through the Partners in Literature and Partners in Art programs.
Home Base, a school-age child care program is available for parents from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. throughout the district. Each school also has several teacher-led club experiences that are available for students after school.