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District 196 Magnet Schools LogoMagnet schools offer parents increased choice in their child’s education by providing a concentrated theme that offers innovative ways to meet students’ learning goals through a particular focus, or theme. While giving parents increased choice, magnet schools still provide the district’s core curriculum in the areas of science, math, language arts and social studies.

The magnet school lottery application window for enrollment in 2019-2020 school year is now closed.

School Choice Information Videos

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Tour or apply today!

Selecting a school for your child is an exciting process. We invite families to take a school tour of our magnet schools to find the right fit for their student. A list of school tour dates, times and locations can be found on our Google calendar below. Please contact your school of interest to register for a upcoming tour. Ready to apply? See our applications below.

Our Magnet Schools

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Cedar Park Elementary STEM School

Cedar Park Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) empowers students to  use scientific, technological, and mathematical principles in real-life applications such as design engineering and service projects that contribute to the community. We are located at 7500 Whitney Drive, Apple Valley, MN.

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Diamond Path School of International Studies

Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies is creating a society of life-long learners who acquire a global perspective for the betterment of our world. We are located at 14455 Diamond Path, Apple Valley, MN.

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Echo Park School of Leadership, Engineering & Technology

Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology where kids can  wonder, explore, create and lead. We are  located at 14100 County Road 11 in Burnsville, MN.

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Glacier Hills School of Arts and Science

Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science is teaching students the academic and social skills necessary to be life-long learners and positive, contributing members of their society, with the arts and scientific inquiry at the heart of learning. We are located at 3825 Glacier Drive, Eagan, MN.

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Oak Ridge School of Leadership, Environmental & Health Sciences

Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences empowers all students to achieve and inspire life-long learning through high expectations, collaboration, and respect. We are located at 4350 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Eagan, MN.

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Valley Middle School of STEM

Valley Middle School of STEM, where we educate a global community of innovative thinkers. We are located at 900 Garden View Drive, Apple Valley, MN.


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AVHS is a state and nationally recognized school offering something for all, including a rigorous curriculum, award-winning arts programs and championship athletic teams. Our fabrication lab and science, technology, engineering and math focus emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem-solving that prepare students for post-secondary education and careers in high-demand STEM-related fields.

SES logoSchool of Environmental Studies

SES is a public environmental magnet school for juniors and seniors in high school. It has a unique partnership between District 196, the city of Apple Valley, and the State of Minnesota (Minnesota Zoo)  A thoughtful community of leaders engaging with others to create a sustainable world.

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Contact us

If you have questions about our magnet schools, please contact us at magnetschools@district196.org or 651-423-7810.