Michael Dowling School



Located in Minneapolis’ Longfellow community, in the Cooper neighborhood, Michael Dowling School serves more than 500 students in grades K through 5. The school employs 32 full-time teachers, giving it a student/teacher ratio of about 16:1.

The school was named for Michael Dowling, a former school principal, bank president, mayor and, finally speaker of the Minnesota House.  

Special Programs

Dowling is an urban environmental magnet school, so in addition to the core curriculum, the school features a strong environmental program for all grades.

The school also offers the following:

  • Music
  • Visual arts
  • Physical education
  • Computer training
  • Media
  • Swimming

Parents of Dowling students are highly involved in their children’s education, providing support through volunteerism.

Dowling Rankings and Test Scores

Dowling receives two out of five stars at school ranking site SchoolDigger.com. It is ranked about mid-pack ― 408th of 806 public elementary schools in Minnesota. GreatSchools.org awards Dowling with seven out of a possible 10 stars.

In 2015, Dowling’s fifth graders lagged both the district and the state on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III math exams, with 57 percent meeting or exceeding the standard. The average for the district is 64.3 percent and 59 percent for the state.     

Michael Dowling School is located at 3900 West River Parkway in Minneapolis. Reach the school by phone at (612) 668-4410.