Risen Christ is a K-8 school located in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of south Minneapolis. We serve more low-income students (96% qualify for free/reduced price lunch) and a higher percentage of Latino students (88%) than any other Catholic school in the Twin Cities. Over 75% of Risen Christ’s students are English Learners (EL).
During the 2015-16 school year, students in grades 3-8 took the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA-III) in reading and in math. Although the results were uneven across all the grade levels, the third and fourth grades demonstrated accelerated learning in the area of math. 64% of third graders met or exceeded grade level standards this year. 53% of fourth graders met or exceeded grade level standards. The eighth grade demonstrated accelerated learning in reading with 52% meeting or exceeding the grade level standards.
For the sake of comparison, the table below compares 2016 MCA scores for Risen Christ’s 8th graders who qualify for free/reduced price lunch to Minneapolis and state averages of students from similar economic circumstances.
Long Term Impact
In 2015-16, 63% of our graduating 8th graders attended Risen Christ since grade 3 or earlier. Of those students, 65% met or exceeded standards in reading, and 50% met or exceeded standards in math on the MCA. Conversely, of the students who entered Risen Christ at grade 4 or later, 35% met or exceeded standards in reading and 30% met or exceeded standards in math. In other words, students who are enrolled at Risen Christ by grade 3 are nearly twice as likely to meet state standards.
In addition, our Class of 2016 has been admitted to some of the best high schools in the Twin Cities, including 70% attending Cristo Rey, DeLaSalle and Holy Angels this fall.
While we are proud of the academic gains our students are demonstrating and how they compare with their peers, we are by no means satisfied with these results and understand that we have our work cut out for us as our dedicated teachers work tirelessly to close the achievement gap, one student at a time.