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Early Learning Center


South Elementary Early Learning Center (ELC) is a primary level learning site that serves students in grades kindergarten through two. The district Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Programs are located at this site.

The school is located on the southern edge of St. Peter overlooking the Minnesota River Valley and within walking distance of Gustavus Adolphus College. South Elementary is recognized by the Minnesota Elementary Principal's Association as a Minnesota School of Excellence. South Elementary is Advanced Ed Accredited

South Elementary staff takes great pride in the care and education we offer our students. Each child, as they enter our school, brings special gifts to the learning process. We believe that our responsibility is to recognize these gifts and provide the guidance necessary for each child to develop and flourish as they begin their journey through the world of education. As educators, we are prepared to work closely with parents to create and deliver a quality educational program for each child. Our school seeks community involvement, through reading partners, classroom and volunteer assistance. 

We have approximately 100 faculty and staff members. Our facility has 21 classrooms.  We are proud to have all-day, every day kindergarten classes. The building includes a full service kitchen and lunchroom facility. Other classrooms include: art, music, physical education, media center, and computer lab. We follow a Multi-Tiered intervention process. Other programs include English Language Learners, Special Education, Speech and Language, and STEAM Programs.  Support staff in our school include two social workers, district Psychologist, an ELL teacher, one Speech and Language teacher and a 1.5 Occupational Therapist.

The education of children is the responsibility of both the home and school. Collaboration between parents and teachers is necessary to achieve success for each child.