Grades 1–5

Independent thinking. Problem-solving. Creativity. Nurturing discovery and curiosity in caring, supportive spaces.

We are dedicated to providing all of our students with a supportive and engaging learning environment that best addresses the unique needs of each learner through integrated academic curriculum at our elementary schools.

We nurture students' ability to think independently and become adept problem-finders and problem-solvers. We offer programs that foster creativity and ownership of learning through asking questions and seeking answers. Our schools work to develop confident students who are prepared to succeed both inside and outside of school. 

Our elementary programming allows for core instruction in math, reading, writing, science and social studies. In addition, we serve the needs of the whole child as we integrate positive behavioral interventions (PBIS) into our learning environment. The social-emotional wellbeing of each student is always a key part of our academic focus.

We engage in a continuous improvement model of education that follows research-based principals and instructional components to ensure excellence for both students and staff. The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District utilizes a variety of resources like Benchmark Education for reading, Lucy Calkins Writing Units of Study and Math Expressions, along with other resources that support the integration of science and social studies standards. The Minnesota State Standards are the foundation of all of our schools' content areas.

Our K–5 students engage in standards-based whole group instruction as well as guided teacher instruction and independent skills practice. These structures of instruction are guided by formative assessment,  allowing teachers to respond to what each student knows and provide appropriate support.



Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools

2023-2024 Elementary School Supply List

Rice Elementary


Mississippi Heights Elementary


Pleasantview Elementary


Tennis Shoes Required for All Elementary School Students

Tennis shoes are required for physical education classes. The tennis shoes must be low profile, white or non-marking soles.

They should also be velcro or lace-up in style (no zippers or elastic). Please be aware that high heel or platform shoes are not to be worn during the physical education classes due to their instability, putting children at risk for sprained ankles. Safety comes first in physical education classes.

Backpacks and Book Bags for All Elementary School Students

All students need to have a backpack or book bag (recommended size is 12" x 18" or larger). Be sure your child can open and close this bag easily by him/herself. Please do not send backpacks with wheels.

Elementary school teacher reading to kids in a group with one student raising a hand

The STORM is an artist;
the RAINBOW is its masterpiece

Matshona Dhliwayo