The newly constructed Laurentian Elementary (Gr. PreK-6) was recently awarded the 2023 John Shaw Award which is a regional architectural design competition.
The Future is… Rock Ridge Public Schools
Delivering World-Class Education on the Range
The Rock Ridge School District is undergoing a transformation. Created by the merger of two ancient rival districts–the Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia school districts–the citizens of both old school districts have voted to build a new high school and two new elementary schools. The citizens of both school districts also voted to consolidate the two school districts into one. This is the first newly consolidated school district in the State of Minnesota for the past 15 years. And it is probably one of the rarest school consolidations which has occurred not because of financial struggles–both school districts were in solid financial shape–but because of genuine interest to improve the quality of education the students were receiving. In other words, the communities buried their parochial armor and gunpowder and decided to look to the future for their kids and grandkids. The communities cared less about their mascots and colors and slogans and sports history and more about transforming education.
Here is what this means for the students who are and will be attending the Rock Ridge schools. We are designing the new schools and education around the 21st century skills of Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Citizenship, Character, Entrepreneurship, and Global Competence. Our goal is to have the benchmarking standard of “Best in the World,” while using simple but powerful statements such as, “Education to inspire the next generation,” and “Fiercely United,” and “Rock Ridge Rising,” and “Helping students find their magnificent obsession,” as terms to express ways of thinking about things. Read more.