Great River School, an urban Montessori learning community, prepares students for their unique roles as responsible and engaged citizens in the world.

Founded on leadership, service, and peace formation; Great River fosters independence, critical thinking, respect, responsibility to self, to others, and to the earth.

New Bus Stop Added, Please Update Bus Form

Thank you again for your feedback as we have been working to finalize the bus route this year.  The information you have provided has allowed us to fine-tune our route based on community need and we have added an additional stop to the route starting Monday, September 15, at Selby Ave & Griggs St. N.  This stop will be the third AM stop before the Berkley Ave & Snelling stop.

This stop will add an additional 6 minutes to the route; the first stop will be at 7:38 a.m.  Please take note of the new times for both:

If you are interested in switching to the new Selby and Griggs stop, please fill out the online form again by clicking this link.

If you haven’t updated this form but and are riding the bus, please fill out this form.  The information from this form is used to confirm the students who will be at each stop with our bus providers at Minnehaha Transportation and to tell the GRS teachers where each student should go after school.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you!

- Stacey

Stacey Kreger, M.P.A.
School Systems Manager
W: (651) 305-2780 x.16

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Lunch is Here!

Lunch is available at Great River School — early this year!  Since we have so many students traveling in September, GRS has traditionally not started the school lunch program until October. But not all of us are traveling, so this year we are rolling out school lunch earlier.  Yum!  Read all about the process at our Lunch Program tab of the website. 

It is important that families fill out the Application for Educational Benefits, and turn it in at the front office.    This form not only supports families needing Free and Reduced Lunch benefits, it also can provide assistance for school services such as athletic fees or before and after-school care.  Bonus:  If your family does not use these or need these services and your family is eligible, Great River School will receive more state funding; all you need to do is fill out the form and turn it in at the front office.


Bus Routes: Finalized for 2014-15

Please complete the Busing Confirmation Form to confirm your student’s spot on the bus.

Working with families who have requested busing and our transportation provider, GRS has developed a route to meet the needs of the community.  We appreciate the feedback we received, and we added a stop to the route.  There are open spots on the bus.

If you want to request one of these spots or,
If you want to change the stop you previously confirmed, please complete the Busing Confirmation Form.

Welcome back to Great River School!

The entire faculty of Great River School is at work and looking forward to GRS students arriving next week!  The first day of school is Tuesday, September 2nd.

Fall Key Experiences Packing Lists

Academic material lists for 2014-2015:


Registration for 14-15

Thank you, Great River community, for your excitement and energy as we enter this school year. Registration is happening now! All families, new and returning, should have received an email from Great River with all the information needed to log in and register on our online system.
Please complete on-line registration by Wednesday August 13th, 2014
Our registration system allows us to take in all necessary student information, and should take no more than 20-25 minutes per student. Thanks also for your patience this week as we have worked with our partners, K12 online, to develop a registration experience that and meets all our needs for forms, key experiences, and a year-round portal for Great River activities.
You can use the link above or click here to REGISTER NOW.
If you have difficulty accessing the system, please contact us at info@greatriverschool.org

August Events

Family Teamwork Events

Students who want community engagement hours and families who want to pitch in and support a great start to the year, please join in our family work days!  Please RSVP so we can plan effectively.
Week of August 18th-22nd, from 9 am until noon each day
Up to 15 hours each week, opportunities will focus on the improvement of the campus, and will include storing and repairing gear for key experiences, repairing and upgrading classroom environments, and planting and landscaping projects.
Our major projects this summer include retrofitting the west campus into a finished gym space and blackbox theater, as well as improving the grounds through plantings and focused landscape projects.
Come for one day, or come for the whole week!

Real Time Updates for summer projects

To make sure you get real-time updates on our projects and opportunities to contribute to improving our school – join our text network. You’ll only receive essential info and updates!  text:  @GRSTeamwork  to the number: 235-59

Fall Orientation & Materials Lists

There is lots of summer left, but fall planning is happening at school all summer. We look forward to welcoming new and returning students and families.

Fall Orientation will take place at 6:30 pm as follows at GRS during the last week of August:

  • Elementary – Monday, August 25
  • High School (Adolescent 2 & 3) – Tuesday, August 26
  • Adolescent 1 (grades 7 & 8) – Thursday, August 28

Academic material lists for 2014-2015 for each level are listed below:

Fall Key Experiences Packing Lists

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If it becomes necessary to close or delay school for inclement weather, please find information on WCCO TV Channel 4 and 830 WCCO Radio and wccoradio.com or KSTP.com School Alert System.