White Bear Lake Area Schools is currently offering Full Distance Learning for all students K-12+. Regardless of which learning model offered, we are committed to providing an engaging, equitable and quality learning experience for each student.

Find additional information at the COVID-19 Info & Dashboard page. District plans will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

The nine elementary schools in the White Bear Lake Area School District serves students in kindergarten through 5th grades. Children are eligible to be enrolled in the White Bear Lake Area Public Schools if their legal address is within the boundaries of the school district. To enroll a child in kindergarten, he/she must be five years of age on or before September 1.

For more information about elementary schools and their curricula, call the Office of Teaching and Learning at (651) 407-7568.

Overview of Elementary Curriculum

The literacy curriculum is made up of several areas. Students learn reading skills through literature, content materials, and from their reading textbooks. Students learn how the printed word impacts their lives and that reading is used for gaining information, for leisure and enjoyment, and that it is a life long activity. Students keep a record of what they read because reading for practice is necessary for developing reading skills.

  • Introduction in oral and written expression emphasizes the student's use of good listening skills and ability to express ideas both orally and in written form.
  • Spelling focuses on teaching students to spell words correctly both in daily work and in testing formats. Students are encouraged to spell words even if they are not certain of the exact letters - proofreading then helps correct any errors.
  • In primary grades, handwriting encourages the student to form letters correctly and write legibly in daily work. At the intermediate level, handwriting is assessed as a part of all written work.


For more detail, view the Minnesota Department of Education, K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Standards curriculum page.  


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Academic Standards

Standards approved by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Legislature. (All are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader)