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Where academic achievement knows no limits.

With colorful college flags and staff members proudly proclaiming where they attended college, Bruce Vento Elementary makes a strong statement that college is our goal for every student. School-wide, each class “adopts” a college or university and learns about its campus. In return, colleges and universities around the country have adopted our classrooms.

Embedded throughout the year are support, enrichment and celebrations that honor individual and school achievements. Bruce Vento Elementary has also established a Family Resource Center where we partner with the Cultural Wellness Center to support our families.

Our mission is to provide every student with the strongest possible foundation in reading, writing, math and science – to prepare them for success in middle and high school and, ultimately, college.

Vento's academic foundation is built upon the following principles:

  • Aligned instruction is grounded in an integrated system of standards, instruction and assessment in which: The standards are clearly communicated; High expectations are maintained for all students; and the standards remain the same for all students, but those who need more assistance receive additional time and different modes of instruction.
  • A student's effort and performance is what really matters, not aptitude. Teachers give students the time they need to achieve.
  • Vento's culture focuses relentlessly on the results of student work. Everything that everyone does at Vento fosters and supports high student achievement. All school administration, faculty and staff know their primary purpose and know it well - to educate children to high standards; and administrators and teachers analyze data and use the data in their planning.

Our Mission:
Our school educates every student without exception and without excuse, to standard or above in reading, writing, math and science in preparation for college.

Our School Values:

  • Collaboration & Relationships
  • Racial Equity & Access
  • Positive & Safe Environment
  • The Whole Child
  • Innovation

Enrollment Pathway:
Bruce Vento Elementary > Washington Technology Magnet (6-12) 

Contact Us


Bruce Vento's regular school hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you wish to contact a staff member during these hours call 651-293-8685 to leave a voicemail. You may also contact the employee through email.

For a list of staff numbers and emails visit our Staff Directory

Bruce F. Vento Elementary School
409 Case Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55130
Phone: 651-293-8685

Please fax records requests to 651-293-8688 and email your request to jean.dunfee@spps.org

Directions from Minneapolis here.

Directions from the East Metro here.

Directions from the North Metro here.

Directions from the South Metro here.

Directions from the Southeast Metro here.

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