FAQ: Northfield Middle School

There is one middle school (grades 6-8) in NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Northfield Middle School

All schools in the Northfield school district are secured during school hours, meaning there is only one way in and out of the school buildings, and that is the main entrance. Entrance doors of the middle school are west of Highway 246 (Division Street) and are easily seen from the street.

Enter through the far right door.

Northfield Middle School
Address: 2200 Division Street South, Northfield
Office Telephone Number: 507.663.0650
Principal: Greg Gelineau
Entry: Through the far-right front door at the front entrance, adjacent to the main parking lot.
Parking: Available in the small parking lot in front of the main entrance. The lot typical is near capacity, although there are several visitor spots. Otherwise, use the larger lot just off Highway 246
WEBSITE: https://northfieldschools.org/schools/northfield-middle-school/

FAQ: Northfield Elementary Schools

There are three elementary schools in NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Bridgewater, Greenvale Park and Spring Creek (formerly known as Sibley). Are are K-5 schools.

All schools in the Northfield school district are secured during school hours, meaning there is only one way in and out of the school buildings, and that is the main entrance. Entrance doors of all three elementary schools are located near the school name letters, which are easily seen from the street.

Below are addresses, maps and websites for all three elementary schools. Volunteers are advised to check the location of their sites before the first day of tutoring.

Bridgewater Elementary School
Address: 401 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield
Office Telephone Number: 507.664.3300
Principal: Nancy Antoine
Entry: Through front entrance, adjacent to the main parking lot.
Parking: Available in the main parking lot. The lot typical is near capacity. There is a small auxiliary lot that’s just south of the main lot.
WEBSITE: https://northfieldschools.org/schools/bridgewater-elementary/

Street Map to Bridgewater

Greenvale Elementary School
Address: 500 Lincoln Parkway, Northfield
Office Telephone Number:  507.645.3500
Principal: Sam Richardson
Entry: Through front entrance, adjacent to the main parking lot. (Please note: This is a new school. The former Greenville Park school is located next door and is now the site of the district’s early childhood education program.)
Parking: Typically, there are a few parking spots near the back of the main parking lot. Otherwise, park in the lot west of the school or along Lincoln Parkway.
WEBSITE: https://northfieldschools.org/schools/greenvale-park-elementary/

Street Map to Greenvale

Spring Creek Elementary School (Formerly known as Sibley Elementary School)
Address: 1400 Maple Street, Northfield
Office Telephone Number: 507.645.3470
Principal: Scott Sannes
Entry: Through front entrance, adjacent to a a small parking lot in front of the school off Ames Street.
Parking: There is a large parking lot behind the school off Maple Street where staff parks. A sidewalk connects the lot to the front entrance. Otherwise, there is on-street parking in front of the school along Ames Street.
WEBSITE: https://northfieldschools.org/schools/spring-creek-elementary/

Street Map to Spring Creek


VOLUNTEERS: Sign Up for Opportunities

You have jumped most of the hurdles in becoming an academic support with ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD. In front of you the finish line, signing up for an opportunity to support Northfield’s LEARNING SUPERHEROES!

After passing the criminal background check, you will receive your login information for our matching site, as well as for instructions for signing in. Those instructions also appear below.


Go to Accelerate Northfield’s MATCHING WEBSITE. Log in to the website with your username and password, which was sent to you in an email from Accelerate Northfield. If you cannot locate that information, EMAIL ACCELERATE COORDINATOR MICHAEL GARLITZ.


Once you have logged in, you will see a screen (pictured below) with a list of available — or currently unfilled — tutoring opportunities. You can filter or sort the list by clicking on any of the column headings (in red box).


Select a tutoring opportunity you would like to sign up for. You can select multiple opportunities at a time. Simply select the opportunity (or two) by checking the boxes next to all the opportunities you wish to sign up for, as pictured below.

Once you have selected the opportunity(s) you wish to sign up for, scroll to the bottom of the screen, and hit the “Save Changes” button (pictured below).


After clicking the “Save Changes” button, you will be brought to a confirmation screen (see below). Please double check to make sure everything is correct, and then click “Confirm” (red box below). Or, if you would like to change something, click the “Cancel” button.


After clicking the confirm button, you will be brought back to the opportunities screen. Now, the opportunities you have signed up for will appear at the top of the list and will have the checkbox filled (see red box).

You are asked to contact the teacher for whom will be volunteering. Please provide the teacher with contact information, then ask any questions you have and confirm what date you should start.

If you do end up needing to cancel your tutoring session, please do so as soon as possible and be sure to communicate with the teacher to let she or he know you canceled.


CLICK HERE for a pdf version of these instructions.


WHO WE ARE: ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD is a collaboration among parents, community members and organizations dedicated to improving the academic performance of local students. In other words, we help transform students into LEARNING SUPERHEROES! In the years since first assisting students, ACCELERATE‘s reach has grown. Its volunteer tutors work with students primarily in NORTHFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT‘s three elementary schools. 

WHAT WE DO: ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD’s job is to recruit community members to become volunteer tutors. No experience is necessary, except for a passion to help transform Northfield elementary students into LEARNING SUPERHEROES! Our tutors meet with students on an individual basis or in small groups. While most of our volunteers are students at St. Olaf and Carleton colleges, we are grateful to have a large representation of Northfield adults among our ranks. Tutors are asked to help out at least one hour a week.

WHY WE DO IT: The mission of ACCELERATE and its volunteers to work toward the success for ALL students, regardless of color, ethnicity, economic status, belief system or gender. We were established to assist Northfield schools in reducing Northfield’s achievement gap. The achievement gap is the differences in academic performance between groups of students. (CLICK HERE to read more about the achievement gap in Minnesota.)

HOW WERE WE FOUNDED: ACCELERATE — brainchild of longtime Northfield education advocates Fritz Bogott and Rachel Matney — was founded during the 2011-2012 school year. Relying on the partners like the Reads and Counts program at Carleton and St. Olaf colleges and from community tutors, ACCELERATE and its volunteers contributed more than 24,000 volunteer hours that first year. The program started with a three-prong educational philosophy: intensive one-one reading, reading support and enrichment challenge for high-achieving students. The following year, ACCELERATE began focusing on tutoring students at risk of falling into the achievement gap. Its efforts got a boost from a three-year VISTA grant, which provided funding for a staff member to help administer the program. In subsequent years, ACCELERATE tutors have annually contributed thousands of hours of volunteer tutoring. The program has also become a function of Northfield Public Schools. Partnering with Accelerate Northfield are the NORTHFIELD HEALTHY COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE, CARLETON COLLEGE, ST. OLAF COLLEGE and NORTHFIELD PROMISE.