Welcome to the Northrop School Website

Northrop School  is a K-5 school located in the Standish-Ericsson neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

Kindergarten Registration

Hello Incoming Kindergarten Families,

Due to Governor Walz's decision keep schools closed for the remainder of the year, we have had to cancel our in-person registration night that was to be held on May 20th at Northrop School. We have been working hard to make sure that your questions still get answered and to make this transition into Kindergarten as smooth as possible. We have decided to host a pre-recorded meeting with our principal, kindergarten teachers, office staff, Minneapolis Kids, Community Education, and members of our PTA.  The video will be sent via email to you for viewing on May 20th. In that email, you will also find some FAQ's to help answer any questions you may have. If you have any further questions please reach out to our school secretary, Sasha Bloomquist at 

 We are looking forward to the day that we can meet and welcome you and your student as a Wood Duck to our school! 

Distance Learning to Continue for the Remainder of the School Year
Thursday, April 23, 2020 2:15 PM

April 23, 2020

Dear MPS Students, Families and Staff,

As you probably know, Governor Tim Walz announced through an executive order today that school buildings will stay closed for the remainder of the school year to further slow the spread of COVID-19.

This likely comes as a relief to those concerned about staying healthy and safe while the virus is still in our community. But this news likely also brings a mixture of other emotions: anxiety, fear, frustration and uncertainty. 

There are many resources available to students, families and staff to help us all navigate this temporary way of living, learning and working. We will continue to serve all of you by:

And of course, we must continue to strengthen our Distance Learning so that our students get the education they deserve. We value every one of our students and are striving to ensure each student has a device and internet access. Through all this, we’ve learned more than ever that we need to do much more to reach the students and families who face additional barriers to learning. For our families with students receiving special education services, we appreciate your collaboration with school staff to provide individualized instruction for your student as we continue with Distance Learning.

Please know that we’re working hard so no one gets behind and that many students will have the opportunity to continue their learning in summer school. MPS, like many school districts, is also re-evaluating its grading system for Distance Learning and will soon share more information about this with staff, students and families.

I want to especially acknowledge the Class of 2020. We realize our high school seniors have had to miss out on prom and the special camaraderie that comes with finishing off their last few months of high school with the friends, peers, teachers and staff they’ve grown close to. I want to reassure our seniors and your families that we will celebrate and recognize each one of you for your years of hard work that culminates in your high school diploma. We have been busy determining how we can hold graduation ceremonies virtually and will share those exciting details soon. 

And to all our students, our school buildings might be closed, but learning will continue. We are thinking of you every day and are focused on making sure you grow up to realize your dreams and become all you can be.

And to everyone, let’s remember that while physically we must continue to stay distant, in our hearts and minds we can stay close.

In parting, I want to acknowledge that we know there are many questions around having our school buildings closed for the remainder of the school year and into summer school, including the need to gather personal belongings from classrooms and lockers. Please rest assured that we’ll be answering your questions in the coming days.

Take good care.

Ed Graff

Distance Learning
Thursday, April 16, 2020 7:40 AM


For students who still need a device or internet access, please CALL US, at Northrop, at our main phone number 612-668.4520.

Please make sure and leave a message with your request along with the following information –


● Your student’s first and last name.

● Your student’s current home address.

● The parent/guardian’s best phone number where they can be reached.

● The parent/guardian’s best email address where they can be reached.


Distance Learning Resources
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:20 AM

Teachers are ready to deliver online lessons beginning April 6. These will take place on SeeSaw CLASS for grades K-3 and on Google Classroom for grades 4-5. Here are directions for accessing those resources: 

Getting Started with Google Classroom (for Students)

Approved You Tube Video for STUDENTS to get started with Google Classroom

Getting Started with Seesaw (for Students)


To access distance learning for all SPECIALIST teachers CLICK HERE.


Ebooks for students: 

COVID-19 Community Resource
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:45 PM

Mental health support line: 612-767-4158

A mental health support line is available from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday with support for multiple languages. Call 612-767-4158. The service will link students, families and staff to a therapist and other resources. Other mental health supports can be found on this MPS webpage.

Meal Distribution

Food for Children During Closure - Starting Monday, March 30 MPS will operate nearly 50 food distribution sites offering WEEKLY food pick up. Each day, up to 10 different sites across the city will offer food pick-up from 10 am - 2 pm, Monday-Friday. Each food box contains 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for a total of 10 meals. Families are welcome to take ONE (1) box per child, per week. Food is FREE and available to any child 18 years or younger. Look for the yellow school bus at all MPS food pickup sites! Make sure your household has adequate refrigeration to store food. Supplemental groceries are available for families in partnership with The Sheridan Story. For more information please click here

Free temporary WiFi services in response to Covid-19

The City of Minneapolis is providing free WiFi in Minneapolis for those who may need temporary internet access during the COVID situation. Visit this webpage for more information.

Day Care Services for Emergency/Health Professionals

If you qualify as an essential emergency or health care professional per Governor Walz’s executive order, MPS is providing free child care to those who have a child enrolled in an MPS school. Services are for children ages 4 to 12 and provided Mondays-Fridays from 7:30 am-4:30 pm at designated locations. Individuals need to provide proof of their employment in the form of a letter from your employer or other worker identification. To sign up, contact: Email: or call 612.806.1602.

Volunteering Opportunities and Other Ways to Help

We have information available for the many people from the public who have reached out to MPS to see how they might volunteer to help during this time.

Important School Announcements
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:00 AM

Distance Learning

Teachers will be available online or via email to assist students during the week from 9:00 am-11:00 am and 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.  If your child(ren)’s assigned school work becomes overwhelming for your family, please contact your child(ren)’s teacher or me immediately. Please know our intent is not to burden any family, and staff would be happy to adjust as needed. If there is anything we can do to help please reach out to us. 

Student Attendance - Per the Minnesota Department of Education and Minneapolis Public School Policy 5100, students are expected to participate in distance learning as if they were attending school and schools are expected to record student attendance daily. During distance learning, please call 612-668-1200 if your child will be absent for any reason.


Clever is an online learning platform that gives students and teachers access to any online learning resource that Minneapolis Public Schools supports. Students have a Clever Badge that allows them to log in to the portal. Within Clever students can access many of the online apps that teachers use in their classrooms. These apps include Dreambox, Benchmark Advance, Google Classroom, Woot Math, NewsELA and many more. Should your child need assistance logging into Clever, do not hesitate to reach out to his or her classroom teacher.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 

Please visit  this website to learn about how all Minneapolis Public Schools are addressing this illness. As a school, we are required to comply with the guidelines set forth by district health services, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Department of Education. Minneapolis Public Schools are closed Tuesday, March 17 through until at least Monday, May 4. 


Comprehensive District Design
Monday, January 13, 2020 8:30 AM

What is it?

The Comprehensive District Design examines and makes recommendations on how MPS educates students, how the school system works to meet the needs of underserved populations and how we ensure resources are available to meet our goals.

When will it happen?

  • April 2020 — Board will vote on major parts of the design
  • 2021 and 2022 school years — Changes in recommended school pathways or boundaries unless urgently required before this time

How can I be involved?

  • Attend community meetings planned for January and February 2020
  • Attend, livestream or watch recordings of Board meetings
  • Send feedback via the survey
  • Talk to your school principal
  • Request a CDD info session for your school or organization  

Parents are encouraged to engage in this process and to learn how proposed changes will affect all of our students and families.  Please fill out the District Survey ( 

Listening and Information Sessions:

2020-21 Potential Northrop Students
Friday, November 15, 2019 12:45 PM

All families with potential kindergartners or students new to Northrop for the 2020-21 school year must complete an online request form through the MPS Student Placement site. Online request forms are due by Feb 7, 2020. Placement letters will be mailed to families on March 30, 2020. Information about touring Northrop this fall and winter can be found here.

Back To School Safety Tips
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:15 PM

Link to MPS Student Safety Webpage