L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School

Basic Information

Address: 1363 Bush Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55106
County: Ramsey
School District: Saint Paul Public Schools # 625
Phone Number: 651-221-1480
Fax Number: 651-221-1487
Principal: Dr. Fatima Lawson, Ph.D.

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Additional Information

School Type: Language Immersion Magnet School- Elementary
Founded: 1996(program within a school) 2002 full fledge school
Ages/Grades: 5 - 12
School Schedule (Hours in Day): 6.5 hours
School Days in Calendar Year: 173 days
School Colors: Blue, Yellow (Gold) Green
School Mascot: Loup (wolf)


School Size: 560 students
Classroom Size: 28
Student/Teacher Ratio: 28:1

Self Contained classrooms for core subjects, English Language Learners (ELL), Special Education, Science, Music.


Follows the Saint Paul Public Schools Curriculum, and the Minnesota and NCEE Standards.

School Performance: Has met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) ever since its inception and standardized testing.
Percentage of Graduating Class: N/A
Support Services:

Special education
Gifted and Talented Program
English Language Learner Program
Enrichment Services
Arts Partnership/Adventure Programs
Area Learning Center After-School Support

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Computer lab with 32 computers and an interactive (smart) board
I mobile laboratory with approx. 30 computers

School Championships:


School Clubs:

Coin de Lecture (Reading Club)
Drama Club
Destination ImagiNation

Awards & Recognition: Minnesota School of Excellence - 2008 National Network of Partnership School - 2008 Promising Partnerships Award - 2009 NCLB Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award - 2010 (Pending, completed all the requirements)
Parking Spaces/Availability:

54 Spaces - Upper lot, 28 spaces lower lot

Admissions Requirements:

None for students entering kindergarten or first grade, but students entering grades two through six, must undergo an entrance assessment before admission.

Admissions Deadline: Usually the first Friday in March
Mission Statement:

To provide a nurturing learning environment where French language immersion enhances and infuses the curriculum.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

All students can learn even in a language unfamiliar to them, and it is our responsibility to make sure that they do.

Notes/School Information:




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- The school's name, L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School (pronounced lay twal dew nor) was chosen by the school and neighborhood communities. The name is French for "The Star of the North" which is also Minnesota's state motto!
- The school offers an all-day kindergarten program, because we recognize the importance of language acquisition at an early age.
- All students become functionally bilingual by the end of 6th grade, which empowers them, builds their self confidence, and expands their educational and social horizons.
- Students at LNFI develop increased creative and critical thinking skills,
become more culturally sensitive, and develop appreciation for own and other cultures.

- Students increase their intellectual potential while learning a second (relevant) language.
- Students improve their skills in English speaking, reading, and writing by
exposure to a second language.
- Students test high in giftedness and receive gifted and talented services and other opportunities for enrichment in French and English languages.
- The school believes in strong relationships with its stakeholders, so it strives to form meaningful partnerships as evidenced in its active Site Council and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

 - The school offers many volunteer opportunities for families and

    community members alike.


School Motto: Les enfants, notre raison... l'education, notre passion " Children, our reason...education, our passion"