About Us

The mission of Lake Nokomis Community School is to empower every student to learn and grow every day. We represent diverse cultures and experiences which allows for instruction in the meaning and value of community and the importance of life long learning. We are nurturing great potential every day!

Our school community is housed on two campuses southeast of Lake Nokomis in a residential neighborhood walking distance from lakes and parks: Wenonah for Kindergarten-2nd grade, and Keewaydin for grades 3-8. We celebrate our neighborhood school culture and like to be known as "a big city school with a small town heart."

The Wenonah Campus (K-2) offers:  
All-day kindergarten After School Activities Programs: ALC and GEMS/GISE    Citizen of the Month Ceremony   Community Education • ELL Program: Spanish Advanced Learner Program  Minneapolis Kids Child Care Weekly classes with specialists in  Music, Art, Media and Technology and Physical Education 2 times per week    Student Council  •  True Food Taste Tests • Bike & Walk to School Days • Junior Achievement • Minnesota Wildlife Refuge Partnership- 3 times each year a scientist visits each class followed by a field trip to the Refuge • Talent Show • Our classrooms are learning labs for aspiring teachers from Augsburg, U of M and Northwestern Childrens Theater Company Partnership • Talent Show 1st and 2nd Grade Night of the Arts • Speech Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Autism Program

The Keewaydin Campus (3-8) offers
Art Art Adventure • Urban Debate School Patrol • History Day • Computer Technology Lab ELL Program: Spanish Advanced Learner Program AVID Community Education • Music (Instrumental) Math Counts Physical Education Spanish Language Support Special Education Spelling Bee Student Council Student Recognition Days Extended Day Activities (Crosstown Eagles Club, ALC, ESL Support, Math and Reading Support, Spanish)  STARbase

Expect these
great things:  

  • Autism program students mainstreamed 
  • Curriculum and instruction based on district grade level and state standards
  • Academic support club is incorporated into After School Activities to help busy students and their families
  • Multicultural student body
  • Wonderful locations next to Keewaydin Park, near Minnehaha Creek and Lake Nokomis – newer playground equipment at Keewaydin Park and on the Wenonah Campus
  • Computer resource center, networked computers in every classroom
  • Events and enrichment experiences at every grade

Family and community involvement includes:

  • PTA funded enrichment programs and activities (e.g., Walk-a-thon, School Carnival, Talent Show, Children's Theater Trips, Roosevelt Library Field Trips, and the Valentine's Dinner and Dance)
  • Working with individual students on reading and math skills
  • Volunteering in the schools in other capacities
  • Community support from neighbors such as Fat Lorenzo, Crosstown Covenant Church, NENA, NEBA, Oxendale's