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Emerson Dual Language Elementary School

Address: 1421 Spruce Place

Grades: Pre-K-5

Principal: Jim Clark

Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Phone: 612.668.3610

Fax: 612.668.3620



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Emerson Spanish Dual Language School leads in language learning
Emerson Spanish Dual Language Citywide Magnet School, located in the Loring Park neighborhood of Central Minneapolis, welcomes students from throughout the city. Students at Emerson will experience a collaborative learning environment in two languages. Beginning in pre-K and kindergarten, students receive 90% of their instruction in Spanish and 10% of their instruction in English. Instruction in English gradually increases with the English/Spanish ratio culminating at 50/50 in 5th grade. All students learn to speak, read and write in both languages. Students are encouraged to continue with the Spanish Dual Language program at Andersen United Community School. Emerson is the oldest Spanish Dual Language program in Minnesota.

Spanish Dual Language Program Entrance Criteria: Breakdown by Home Language and Grade Level

Students Entering Grades...

Home Language Spanish Students

Home Language other than Spanish Students (Home language of English, Somali, Hmong,  etc.)

Do we need to contact the school for an entrance assessment? 

PK, Kinder, 1st grade (up until quarter 2 of grade 1)

No previous English exposure required

No previous Spanish exposure required 

No - no entrance assessment required

After quarter 2 of grade 1 and grades 2-5

Spanish oral proficiency required.

Previous Spanish literacy and language development learning through participation in a Dual Language, Bilingual or Immersion school setting required. 


*After the required entrance assessment is given, schools will let families know if students can participate in the program. Families may be referred to student placement for a school that is a better fit for their students if they do not meet the criteria.


Magnet school description
Magnet Schools

Citywide magnet schools welcome students from all neighborhoods across Minneapolis. Magnet schools provide innovative programs focused on specific themes such as the Arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), Dual Language, Montessori, and Global Studies and Humanities.

  • Half-day pre-K 
  • Dual Language (Spanish-English) program 
  • EL programming 
  • Advanced instruction, including Telescoped Math 
  • Bilingual staff (Spanish-English) 
  • Strong community partnerships
  • After-school activities and community ed. classes
  • Physical Education, Art, MLC (Music, Language and Culture), and Media classes in Spanish
  • Band classes for all 5th grade students
  • Special education services
  • Teaching interns from Spanish-speaking countries


MAGNET PATHWAY: Andersen Dual Language Middle School
Student Race School District
Native American 2% 5%
African American 10% 35%
Asian American 2% 5%
Hispanic American 56% 14%
White American 29% 41%
Students School District
Receive ELL Services 44% 17%
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 55% 48%
Receive Special Education Services 10% 15%
Pathway Schools

Andersen Spanish Dual Language Middle School

1098 Andersen Lane
Grades: 6-8
Students: 6-8

Citywide: True
Magnet: True
Magnet List: 11, 10, 21, 25, 24, 15, 13, 19, 14, 22, 20, 9, 23, 18, 3, 17, 2, 1, 8, 16, 27, 4, 28, 5, 29, 12, 26


Roosevelt Spanish Dual Language

4029 28th Ave. S.
Grades: 9-12
Students: 9-12

Citywide: True
Magnet: True
Magnet List: 11, 10, 21, 25, 24, 15, 13, 19, 14, 22, 20, 9, 23, 18, 3, 17, 2, 1, 8, 16, 27, 4, 28, 5, 29, 12, 26

Need Help?

English : 612.668.1840
EspaƱol: 612.668.3700
Soomaali: 612.668.3700
Hmoob: 612.668.1840

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1250 W. Broadway Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Ph: 612.668.1840
Fax: 612.668.1841

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