Grove Elementary: A Marine Area Community School is a new tuition-free public charter school opening for the 2017-2018 school year in Marine on St. Croix, MN. The mission of the Grove Elementary is to utilize the area’s natural resources, history, arts, and civic stewardship of the community as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, art, and other curriculum subjects. The place-based learning environment will be student-centered, designed by teachers, and reinforced and supported by the local community.
A small group of community members in Marine on St. Croix, MN, began discussing an alternate education programming model in the spring of 2015. Letters of intent for the Marine Area Community School (MACS) were submitted to potential charter school authorizers in the fall, followed a formal authorizer agreement with the Minnesota Guild of Public Charter Schools. The school now has formal recognition from the Minnesota Department of Education, who has assigned the school district #4254. Input from the school community and broader community continues to shape the vision for the school.
Our name, Grove Elementary, was unanimously approved by the founding board in December 2016. MACS board member Jon Dettmann worked with the Minneapolis design firm Ultra Creative and company partner, Marine on St. Croix resident Sharon Gorney, to develop the name and logo. At the November 19, 2016, board workshop, Director Dettmann noted that the name is unique, short, memorable, and has connotations that represent the mission of the school (such as learning, growing, community, and outdoors). “A brand is surprisingly important, even for a school,” Director Dettmann explained. “If it is done well, a brand is more than a logo. It is a simple and immediate way to communicate who you are, and what you will provide to your families and community.”
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