District 196 is accepting applications from families interested in having their students attend a magnet school in the 2024-25 school year. The deadlines to submit applications are Jan. 5 for the five elementary magnet schools, Dec. 15 for Valley Middle School of STEM and Dec. 22 for the School of Environmental Studies optional high school for juniors and seniors.
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Average ACT Score 21.5
Our graduates scored nearly one-half points higher than the nation-leading Minnesota average on the ACT college admissions test.
88.5% graduation rate
Our graduation rate exceeds the state average by five points.
We are the 4th largest district in Minnesota, serving learners from the cities of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Coates, Empire, Lakeville and Inver Grove Heights, and Vermillion township.
Our high-quality, diverse workforce includes 2,100 licensed teachers and administrators, of which more than half of whom hold master’s or specialist’s degrees.
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Voters in Independent School District 196 elected incumbents Jackie Magnuson, Cory Johnson and Sachin Isaacs, and candidate Anna Williams to fill four open seats in the Nov. 7 School Board election.
Enrollment in District 196 schools remains stable this year, but has not been growing as projected, according to the official October enrollment report presented to the School Board Oct. 9,
District 196 earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for the 21st year in a row.
For the fifth year in a row, Independent School District 196 is included on Forbes’ annual list of Best-in-State Employers.
The College Board recognized 698 District 196 high school students for their performance on Advanced Placement (AP) course exams taken during the 2022-23 school year.
The District 196 School Board on Tuesday approved the sale of $300 million in general obligation facilities maintenance and school building bonds to raise funds to pay for construction of facilities improvements that were approved by district voters in a bond referendum special election in May.
District 196 Superintendent Mary Kreger announced the hiring of Amanda Schiltz as a new special education coordinator for the district.
Twelve residents of Independent School District 196 filed candidacy for the School Board during the two-week filing period that ended Aug. 15 and will vie for four open seats in the Nov. 7, 2023 School Board election.