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About Us

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Golden Lake Elementary, located in Circles Pines, prepares students for life by inspiring them to grow academically, emotionally and socially. Golden Lake focuses on the acquisition of high-level academic skills and on healthy social, physical and emotional development. With a diverse student body of nearly 400 students, Golden Lake is a top-performing school, earning the state’s “Reward School” designation six times for remarkable achievements in individual academic growth, student proficiency and achievement gap reductions. Math and reading scores are far above the averages of both the state and neighboring districts.

Golden Lake couples high expectations for its students with a deep commitment to relationships. At Golden Lake, we understand that relationships are the fuel that drives the engine of success. Staff work as a team and genuinely care about each other, creating a culture of collaboration and cooperation. The school’s ability to respect, celebrate and learn from differences is central to what ties Golden Lake together. Golden Lake has a “small town feel” in a “big time district.”

What We Offer

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The Golden Lake Way

We live and breathe our commitment to high expectations for all students and tireless efforts to improve our teaching!

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Student Focus

Our success is rooted in figuring out what does and does not work for each student. We use data to drive our decisions, and personal relationships and connections to turn those decisions into student success. We have a small town feel in a big time district. We pride ourselves within making every student feel at home and visible daily.

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We have a lot to be proud of! Golden Lake Elementary was recognized 6 times as a Minnesota “Rewards” School. This means that its proficiency and growth score were in the top 5% of all MN Title schools. GLE continues to have great success with student growth scores annually.

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Supportive Programs

Golden Lake offers robust after-school programming, mentoring, reading buddies, English Language Learners Program, reading support programming, mileage club, and talented and gifted services all designed to support our students and their families.

By the Numbers

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Serving the community since 1970, Golden Lake Elementary proudly serves 386 students

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Graduation Rate

Centennial has an above average graduation rate at 95% while the state average is 83.6%

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Centennial Pride

Over 1,000 students open enroll in the district annually