Welcome to Birch Grove

Welcome! We are Birch Grove Community School, a tuition-free, public charter school serving students from our Saplings program through fifth grade. Located near the north shore of Lake Superior in the charming town of Tofte, Minnesota, we offer low student-teacher ratios and top-quality programs in an atmosphere of encouragement and caring. The curriculum we follow gives our students a strong academic foothold for a future of success and growth.

We encourage you to browse our website and get to know us a little better. Whether you’re a parent of a student already enrolled or you’re considering Birch Grove as an educational choice for your family, we’re confident you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

Mission Statement

Birch Grove Community School will promote academic excellence by utilizing our unique natural setting to prepare students to become socially and environmentally responsible, self-directed, life-long learners.

A Message from Our Director

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." - Anthony J. D'Angelo 

At Birch Grove Community School, we foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime. Our students learn through community partnerships, intergenerational exchange, and peer leadership. 

Our team of educators promotes academic excellence by using our unique natural setting as a backdrop for learning. We strive to support students in becoming socially and environmentally responsible, self-directed, life-long learners. 

The vision we are working towards includes quality curriculum, excellent staff, and committed families and community members. Every day we can see this manifested at our charter school. It is exciting to watch, and I am looking forward to being a part of the team.


Diane Blanchette

Diane Blanchette
Birch Grove Community School, Director

Students playing with bubbles on the grassStudents creating art in the wilderness
Lady on sled being pulled by dogs in the snowStudents sitting around a firepit