Welcome to the Normandale Elementary PTO.
The PTO supports and enhances the educational programs at Normandale. The PTO is responsible for strategic planning, communications, coordination of enrichment programs, fundraising and administration of the Intern Program. Please sign up for the PTO newsletter to keep up with the latest!
The Edina Public Schools French Immersion option was started at the kindergarten level at Normandale Elementary School during the 1991-1992 school year. The French Immersion option now spans Normandale Elementary School (grades K-5), and has an extension option at Valley View Middle School (6-9).
Interns were added for the mutual benefit of the immersion students and native French-speaking interns. Learning from a native French speaker benefits the immersion students, while the interns have the opportunity to learn skills associated with an immersion education model.
The curriculum at Normandale Elementary is identical to the curriculum taught at the other Edina elementary schools, except that all classes are taught in French. It is believed that teaching content areas in French gives students a natural and meaningful way to learn a language.
English language arts are introduced in third grade.
All classroom teachers speak French and most have lived outside the U.S., some are native French speakers.