About Golden Lake

Golden Lake Elementary, located in Circles Pines, prepares students for life by inspiring them to grow academically, emotionally and socially. We pride ourselves for a focus on the acquisition of high-level academic skills and on healthy social, physical and emotional development.

With a diverse student body, Golden Lake is a top-performing school, earning the state’s “Reward School” designation twice for remarkable achievements in individual academic growth, student proficiency and achievement gap reductions. Our math and reading scores are far above the averages of both the state and neighboring districts.

We couple high expectations for our students with a deep commitment to relationships. At Golden Lake, we understand that relationships are the fuel that drives the engine of success. Our staff work as a team and genuinely care about each other, creating a culture of collaboration and cooperation. Our ability to respect, celebrate and learn from our differences is central to what ties us together.

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Preparing for Upcoming School Year


Golden Lake Elementary established its outdoor classroom initiative in the fall of 2015. The goal was to fundraise dollars to build the structure. Over the course of the 2015-16 schoolyear, GLE formed a relationship with the local Home Depot. Through Home Depot’s Grant Program, the supplies and labor were provided for no cost to the school. The structure was built in the spring of 2016 and the school hosted the “Grand Opening” of the classroom in October of 2016. Since then, phase two has also been completed. This phase was comprised of two parts: landscaping and staff development. The landscaping consists of native plants and trees that offer a multi-sensory aspect. This means that students can not only look at the vegetation, but also smell, touch, and feel. The landscape design was provided at no cost through a parent of a GLE student. The supplies were paid for by the GLE PTA. The teaching staff has also undergone staff development training. This training was provided by the Jeffers Foundation at no cost to the school. The focus of the training was how to effectively use outdoor classrooms and spaces. Golden Lake’s grounds lead to many opportunities. The property sits next to a trail system built by the county and the Rice Creek Water Shed. Classrooms use these trails and bodies of water for nature walks, observations, and scientific experiments. Grade levels have aligned activities to the state science standards. This provides students with many opportunities they may not have outside of school or outside of the classroom. The next steps for GLE’s outdoor initiative are to build an amphitheater area for larger presentations (set to be completed in April by High School Seniors on “Service Day”), establish a community garden, and continue with staff development. Golden Lake Elementary’s Outdoor Classroom represents what collaboration and partnership can build. Minnesota is an amazing state with so many educational and life-long learning opportunities outside our doors each and every day. GLE students love going to our outdoor classroom. 

Golden Lake Value Statements

These value statements were developed in cooperation by the Golden Lake Community. Staff and parents worked together to define our beliefs. The belief statements now act as our guide for future growth and goals. All efforts will be tied to what we believe is truly important at Golden Lake. We will consistently strive to align our actions and goals with our belief statements.

Adopted 2006-2007