Minneapolis School Spotlight: Sanford Middle School

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 10:37am.

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), Special School District Number 1, teaches more than 36,000 students and administers almost 100 schools. The Kris Lindahl Team understands that when shopping for a home, parents often have a particular school in mind for their children. Even homebuyers that aren’t parents should get to know the local school as it does have an impact on property values.

This month we’re featuring Sanford Middle School, located in Minneapolis’ Longfellow community. The school serves 766 students in grades 6 through 8. Students will see Sanford’s “facelift” upon their return to school after the summer break. The school has been expanded, with a new gym and 14 brand new classrooms.

Sanford employs 44 full-time teachers, giving the school a student-teacher ratio of 17:1 ― the fifth best ratio in the district.

Special Programs

Sanford is a participant in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme. The school offers the following special programs in its after-school program:

  • Bike Club
  • Cheerleading
  • Chess and Strategy games
  • Co-Ed Soccer
  • Coffee Cart Business
  • Every Day Leaders
  • Girls Inc. (YWCA)
  • Glee Club
  • Homework Center
  • Improv/ Theater Games
  • Job Corps
  • Knitting
  • Movie Makers
  • Step Team
  • Video Game Creations
  • Video Game Design
  • World Video Productions
  • Yearbook

Sanford employs a family liaison and encourages parental involvement. Parents at Andersen laud the strong teachers, the band program and the rigorous curriculum.

Sanford Middle School Test Scores

School ratings site GreatSchools.org gives Sanford three stars out of a possible 10, while SchoolDigger.com awards it with one star out of a possible five.

Last year, Sanford ranked worse than 77.2 percent of elementary schools in Minnesota. It also ranked 4th among seven ranked middle schools in the Minneapolis Public School District.

In 2014, 39.4 percent of Sanford’s eighth graders met the standard on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) math exams, while the state’s average was 59.7.

More than 48 percent of the school’s eighth graders met the standard on the exam's reading portion. While this is far lower than the state’s average of 55.7 percent, it beat the district’s average of 44.5 percent.


Fifty three percent of Sanford’s student body is male and 47 percent female. The ethnic composition is split almost equally between black and white students (271 and 273 respectively). The next largest ethnic group among the student body is Hispanic.

Seven percent of the student body claim Native American heritage while only 3.4 percent are of Asian ancestry.

Sanford Middle School is located at 3524 42nd Ave. S. in Minneapolis. You can reach the school by phone at 612.668.4900.


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