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Elementary Student Building Shapes


The teachers and staff at Northfield Public Schools are committed to offering a rich, comprehensive education. We understand and appreciate the many ways in which students learn and continually review our curriculum to ensure we’re maximizing students’ classroom experiences.

We proudly adhere to the academic standards for each class set forth by the Minnesota Department of Education.

K-12 Curriculum

Department Information

Learning Programs

We offer a number of additional programs to enhance the curriculum and inspire students in their learning, including Compañeros, Dual Credit Options, English Learners and TORCH.

Learning Programs

Testing & Assessment

Standardized assessments are used to measure student growth, identify student needs, inform parents, guide curriculum, and communicate district performance.

Testing & Assessment

Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

One of the unique features of Northfield Public Schools’ educational approach is our commitment to helping our teachers collaborate and develop as professionals through our Professional Learning Communities (PLC). We’re convinced that implementing this model has had a significant and positive impact on the continued refinement of our curriculum and approach to teaching and learning.

How Professional learning communities (plc) Work

All staff members meet in teams every Wednesday for the first hour of the school day. PLCs are comprised of teams of teachers who share the same content area and/or students. The teams work together to analyze student data, identify students’ needs, identify and implement best practice strategies, evaluate the impact their teaching has on student learning, and make changes in practice to meet the needs of all students.

The four critical questions teams examine are:

  1. What knowledge and skills do we expect our students to learn?
  2. How will we know our students have learned the expected outcomes?
  3. How will we respond when our students have difficulty learning expected outcomes or have already learned the expected outcomes?
  4. How can we use the evidence of student learning to inform and improve our practice?


PLCs complete Evidence of Practice reports at the end of each semester. These reports, which include the goals for each PLC, a discussion of the results and a reflection on the goals, are reviewed by Northfield Forward and are available for the public to review as well.

See Reports