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About Kenwood

Arts integration and residencies at every grade are what spark the Kenwood slogan: Smarts + Arts.

In the heart of the Kenwood neighborhood near the School Forest at Cedar Lake, Kenwood Community School provides an inclusive, joyful and student-centered atmosphere for children to learn and grow. Kenwood's commitment to the arts, academics, rigor and race equity inspires creativity, collaboration and a commitment to civic engagement. Relationships with families and community partners are integral to the way that Kenwood students thrive.

Kenwood at a Glance

  • Grades K-5
  • Artist residencies at every grade
  • DNR Certified School Forest Classroom
  • 5th Grade trip to Camp Widjiwagan near Ely, MN
  • Differentiated instruction, including Telescoped Math
  • Special education services, including a Citywide Autism Program
  • Reading Partners, Reading Corps, and Youth Incorporated tutoring
  • Groves Partnership for Phonics/Phonemic Awareness
  • Benchmark literacy framework
  • Bridges/Number Corner math curriculum
  • Animal-assisted reading therapy
  • Multilingual programming
  • Minneapolis Kids childcare onsite
  • Watercourse Counseling onsite
  • Before/after school activities: Spanish, French, Math Club, Chess Club, Girls on the Run, ALC Extended Day Programming
School Forest

Students have the opportunity to take a 5-minute walk to the school forest, located along the shores of Cedar Lake. Teachers use the school forest in a variety of ways to enhance their curriculum.

Kenwood in 1908

Kenwood's primary school building in 1908.

Kenwood from above

An aerial view of Kenwood in Fall 2023.

Did you know...

  • In 1894, school began at the present site, which had been a pasture for local residents’ cows and horses.
  • In 1908, the primary school building was constructed.
  • In 1923, the first addition was constructed, including the gym and multipurpose room.
  • In 2008, with funding from Kenwood PTA, mosaic artist and former Kenwood parent Stacia Goodman designed the mosaic tree in the atrium to commemorate 100 years of learning at Kenwood. The ceramic leaves were created by students in art class and the incorporated school supplies were donated entirely by teachers and students.
  • There was a wedding in the multipurpose room between two former Kenwood teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Kohanek.
  • Prince attended Kenwood for most of his elementary school years.
  • The poem inscribed in the stones of the Kenwood rain garden was written by author and Birchbark owner Louise Erdrich.
  • Over 20 languages are spoken within our school.