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Get ready for the 2022-23 school year!

Secondary students begin August 31, and elementary students begin Sept. 6. We are excited to welcome you back!

Back-to-School Resources

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Apply today for Educational Benefits Program

Formerly known as the Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program, approved applications are more than just for meals but also provide your school with critical funding. 

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Learn and explore with District 196 this summer

Stay fueled, active and engaged this summer with a variety of summer programs and opportunities, including athletic camps and free meals. Available to students of all ages! 

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One District. Infinite Possibilities.

We are nationally recognized for providing boundless opportunities in which students can learn and grow. At District 196, the sky's the limit. 

Average ACT Score 22.7

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.

29,000 students

We are the 4th largest district in Minnesota, serving learners from the cities of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Coates, Lakeville and Inver Grove Heights, and Empire and Vermillion townships.

4,000 staff

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.


Sharing stories of Academic, Art and Athletic successes from around the District.


Diamond Path School of International Studies, 14455 Diamond Path, Apple Valley, MN 55124