About Our School



Bethune Community School is committed to high achievement for every child using strategies that include integrating the arts and technology into the curriculum.

Students learn in a positive, orderly and safe climate that builds a strong sense of community. Students from every culture and background work together in a respectful environment that fosters self-confidence and understanding of others.

The school recognizes the importance of family and community partnerships and is dedicated to being a support center for the neighborhood.

Grades: Pre K-5

Enrollment: 415

Staff: 55

OFFICE HOURS: 7:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

SCHOOL HOURS: 8:40 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.


  • Morning: 8:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 12:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.


  • Morning: 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 12:35 - 3:05 p.m.
  • Autism9:05 - 11:40 a.m.

OFFERINGS: High Five (a.m. and p.m.) • Music • Physical education • Media • Early Childhood Special Education Autism • Autism and Developmental Cognitive Delay programs • School uniforms • Structured recess through Playworks


  • A balanced literacy program that provides whole-group instruction and targeted small-group instruction in both reading and writing
  • Targeted instruction in reading and math based on individual student needs
  • Community partnerships with Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Assistance League, Minnesota Reading Corps, Washburn Center for Children, Stages Theatre, Heritage Park, Second Harvest Heartland, Target, The Sheridan Story and Playworks
  • Science as a specialist class
  • Extended Learning program that provides additional support in reading and math, as well as enrichment activities 

EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Girls in Engineering, Math and Science • Guys in Science and Engineering • Playworks