About Hayes Elementary

Welcome to Hayes Elementary School -
Proud Home of the Giraffes!

At Hayes Elementary School, we are known for our high expectations for all; our safe, caring and nurturing environment; and our programs of academic excellence. Together, we continue to provide Fridley students with the best education possible!

We are proud to be a Minnesota School of Excellence and an authorized International Baccalaureate World School.  

We believe every student can learn. We believe in a positive and productive environment where all learning is valued. Students are given opportunities to grow in a creative, sensitive, and mutually respectful atmosphere, which fosters the importance of each individual.

We invite you to become part of this exciting journey.  If you have any further questions about Hayes or would like to set up a tour, please feel free to contact our school office at anytime.


Hayes Elementary is:
  • An International Baccalaureate World School
  • A Minnesota School of Excellence
  • A Magnet School within Northwest Suburban Integration School District


Hayes Elementary School serves students in grades K-4.  Our school received authorization to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 2010.  IB World Schools share a common philosophy: a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students. The primary goal of the PYP is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through their action.  PYP provides a framework for organizing curriculum and delivering instruction.  



Why Choose hayes elementary school?

  • Access to International Baccalaureate Programme: All students benefit from the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum framework
  • Whole child approach to education and inquiry-based instruction with relevant and engaging curriculum involving real-world connections
  • Committed and compassionate teachers who build one-on-one relationships with students
  • Emphasis on Second Language Studies and International-Mindedness: All students begin second language studies (Spanish) in kindergarten


Meet the Principal

Gaeli Iverson

Hello from Hayes Elementary!

My name is Gaeli Iverson and I am the proud principal of Hayes Elementary; an International Baccalaureate (IB) School. Hayes is a beautifully diverse community of learners whom we believe have the knowledge and ability to change the world.  

At Hayes our goal is to “empower young people with the skills, values and knowledge to create a better and more peaceful world” (IB.org, 2017). This is through the intentional use of transdisciplinary unit lesson planning and application of best teaching practices and pedagogy. 

Through the IB Learning Profile our students at Hayes are: Inquirers, Knowledge Seekers, Thinkers, Communicators, Risk-Takers, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Balanced and Reflective practitioners of the local and global world around them.

Being the home of the Giraffes we Stand Tall, Dream Big, Stick Our Necks Out for Others and have Huge Hearts. Our dedicated staff, scholarly students, and supportive families make Hayes Elementary a wonderful place to learn and grow!

Schedule a tour today with the main office to learn more about our academic programs; walk the school and get a feel for what learning is really like at Hayes. I look forward to our time together and the possibility of your child and family joining our tower of giraffes!

Gaeli Iverson