Data Privacy and Confidentiality 

Parents are often concerned about their child's educational records.  Common questions include:  What will  happen to records?  Where will they be stored?  Who will have access to them?  Who can read private information in the records?  How will evaluation information be used?

Record keeping in schools is guided by data privacy laws, copyright laws, federal anti-discrimination and education laws, professional organizations' ethical standards (e.g., the American Psychological Association, the National Association for School Psychologists) and the local policies and practices.  The laws that speak most directly to the protection of pupil information are the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA 1997).

Information that is considered public, or "directory," information is available on request for whoever requests it.  This includes information such as name, address, date of birth, school of attendance, and other such general information.  Parents can deny the release of this information. 

Information that is not considered "directory information" is called "private data."  This includes grades, report cards, test scores, health records, attendance patterns, and behavior records and notes.  Private data records are maintained in a secure location.  For example, special education files are kept in a locked file cabinet and in a separate room from children's cumulative academic records.  Health files are maintained in the health offices, and psychologists' files are kept securely.  Private data are only available to school staff who have a legitimate educational interest in knowing the information (i.e., need the information to do their job).  Third parties can access private data only with the written release of the parents or guardians.

Private data will only be discussed with those educational staff members who have a need to know the information.  Depending on the situation, such staff members may include classroom teachers, specialist teachers, playground monitors, lunchroom monitors, administrators, and building-level interventionists.  

For more detailed information about your child's educational records, talk to your child's classroom teacher, special education teacher, or the building's school psychologist.

Our Mission

The mission of Wildwood Elementary School, the joyful Zephyr family dedicated to building the foundational pathway of learner agency and personal excellence, is to ensure that each student has intrinsic passion for life and learning with compassion for oneself and others, through a vital system distinguished by:

  • A culture of exploration, play, wonder, and creativity
  • An equitable learning experience for all 
  • A community that builds authentic relationships, a sense of belonging, collaboration, and trust 
  • A culture that views challenges as opportunities to persevere and grow 
  • An array of exceptional and global learning experiences that cultivate academic, social, and emotional growth
Wildwood Elementary School ISD #832
8698 75th Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone: 651.407.2100
Fax: 651.407.2125
Attendance: 651.407.2108
Our School
At Wildwood Elementary School, we honor the whole child and teach future-ready skills of inspiring curiosity, embracing change, and turning ideas into action. Our talented teachers and staff members work with students in small class sizes and nurture a culture of excellence that has become the expectation and norm. Our students learn social-emotional skills alongside academic core areas in order to gain the foundation for academic success. In addition, they have the opportunity to engage in learning with specialists in gym, art, media, music, and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) classes. Our elementary school is surrounded by green space and our students enjoy recess at our natural playground and attend classes in our outdoor classroom. We have an engaged and supportive parent community who volunteers and supports the school with academic opportunities and tools. Our District is a leader in engineering and science and we value academic areas that will spark curiosity, fuel creativity, and instill a lifelong passion for innovation in our students.