Bancroft - An IB World School

 Welcome to Bancroft! We will continue as an IB-PYP school for the 2021-2022 school year!

Bancroft is an IB World School. The Primary Years Programme is a world-renowned curriculum framework from the International Baccalaureate (IB) designed to encourage students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens.   Learn more about the IB PYP at Bancroft.


COFFEE, TEA & IB - Café, Té e IB

Friday, April 16th - 9:30-10:30 am

Bancroft parents, guardians and caregivers, join us online for coffee! Find out what's new with in-person and distance learning. Learn how IB-PYP (International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Program) helps our kids be active learners and engaged world citizens. Share ideas with other families.

Look for the link here, or in your email by Friday morning.

Café, Té & IB - viernes, 16 de abril - 9:30-10:30 am
Madres y Padres, guardianes y cuidadores de Bancroft! Los invitamos a tomar un café virtual con nosotros. Veremos lo nuevo de aprendizaje en persona y a distancia, cómo el IB-PEP (Bachillerato Internacional-Programa de Escuela Primaria) beneficia a su hija/hijo, y compartiremos ideas con otras familias.
Busque el enlace a esta reunión virtual aquí o en su correo electrónico antes del viernes.



The final day for DL-to-IP changes is April 26th

Please let us know if your family is considering switching learning modes. The sooner we have that information, the easier it will be for Bancroft to make staffing decisions, and arrange for school meals and transportation.

To change your student's learning mode -- in-person or distance learning -- the first step is to call the Bancroft office: 612.668.3550  

Changes will be implemented on Mondays.

Click here for more details


MCA Testing for Grades 3, 4 & 5

In late April, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students attending school in-person will be required to take the MCA reading and math tests. Additionally, in-person 5th graders will take the science test.  Distance learning families have the option of sending their students to school to complete the tests. 

The MCA tests for in-person students will be administered over the course of a few weeks. The MCAs for distance learners who opt to come in will be administered over two days for 3rd & 4th grade; three days for 5th grade.

Informational links:

MCA Testing information from the MN Dept of Education

ENGLISH Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing (Opt-out form)

SOOMAALI Hagaha Waalidka/masuulka iyo diidmada ka qayb qaadashada ardeeyga ee imtixaanka gobalada 

ESPAÑOL Guía y negación de permiso para padres/tutores acerca de la participación del estudiante en las pruebas estatales 

Questions? Please contact Sue Francis: Susan.Francis


COVID SAFETY: Stop the spread!

Keep your student home if they are sick!

Check your students every day for symptoms.

For MPS Health Screening recommendations: CLICK HERE

Free COVID-19 Testing for Kids & Families: Information and locations

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that all school-age youth returning to school, and their families, get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks through the end of the school year.

COVID-19: Ku soo baar guriga caafimaadka ardayga

COVID-19: Control diario de la salud en el hogar



Summer Scholars

Explore. Create. Connect.

This isn’t just summer school. And your child is more than a student. They’re a scholar. And at MPS they can explore, create and connect all summer long.

For general info about the Summer Scholars Program, click HERE

• Discovery & Learning Academy – at Bancroft

• GEMS & GISE, STEM, and Cultural – In-person (at Pillsbury and Lucy Laney) or Distance Learning

For an overview of the different programs, click to see the Decision Tree!


Trial Resources for Families - MPS


Readying ourselves to support our children

As the news unfolds around the trials related to the killing of Mr. George Floyd, media commentary grows and social justice actions restart, we know as parents and caregivers, that we want to be ready to be there for our children wherever they are in the moment. 

The resources on the linked page provide strategies and tools for talking with young people about potentially difficult topics like naming race and racism, practicing social justice, recognizing big feelings and making sense of what we see in the media. 




MENU: April 12-16


Each box contains 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches and includes fresh produce, whole grains, and familiar school favorites. Milk offered on request. 


More details from MPS Culinary & Wellness about meal boxes


Letter from Principal De Paz - March 5th

- Read the full letter HERE - information about in-person/distance learning, including switching between the two modes; Bancroft's 2021-22 school budget; preparations for the upcoming trials for the murder of George Floyd; and school request confirmation letters and a second lottery.

Carta de Director De Paz 

Akhriso warqada ka timid Mr. De Paz


CDD Transition for 2021-2022

To our current Bancroft Families:

The MPS Comprehensive District Design will be implemented for the 2021-2022 school year. Your family should have received a letter or email from MPS with information about your child’s assigned community school for next year. We at Bancroft hope we can support your family in the CDD transition.  
Click here for more information.
Transición CDD - español        
CDD Transition - Soomaali

Explore your MPS School Request Options


Student Drop-off & Pick-up

Together, we can keep everybody safe!

DROP-OFF: All student drop-offs should use the lane in the parking lot. Grades K, 1, 2 & 4 enter through Door 10. Grades 3 & 5 enter through Door 3. (High-5: please drop off at Door 5)

PICK-UP: Drivers will remain in their vehicles. Bancroft staff will radio for students to exit the building. Last names A-M: park in the lot. Last names N-Z, park on 14th Avenue. See the map for details.

CLICK HERE for Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map and instructions


Learn More About Bancroft

To our new families joining Bancroft
for the 2021-2022 school year,


We're looking forward to connecting with you and sharing our amazing school community!

Find out more about Bancroft, our mission, IB, and what great things we have to offer.

More FAQ's!

Meet the Bancroft staff


Bancroft on Minnesota Public Radio

Our brand new kitchen and our discerning students were featured in an MPR News story, "Schools add healthy, local to the menu - and some kids eat it up."

Check out the MPR video too!


We ALL Belong at Bancroft!

TODOS pertenecemos a Bancroft!!

Annagu dhan waxaan ka tirsan mahay Bancroft!