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Absentee voting is open for School Board election

Absentee voting for District 196 School Board opened Sept. 17. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. 

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District 196 once again recognized for excellence in financial reporting

The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting is the highest recognition of school district financial operations offered by ASBO.

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District 196 spends higher percentage on classroom instruction

The district spent approximately $303 more per pupil than the average for districts statewide.

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Get ready for the 2021-22 school year!

Visit our back-to-school page today, which included important dates, forms and ways to stay informed.

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Masks required to begin 2021-22 school year in District 196

The approved COVID-19 operational plan outlines health and safety mitigation strategies, including guidances on masks.

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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.

89% 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.

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Forty-nine District 196 seniors are receiving special recognition this fall for scores they achieved on a national standardized test taken last year as juniors. Seventeen are semifinalists in the 2021-22 National Merit Scholarship Program and 32 are National Merit commended students.

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The District 196 School Board at its Sept. 27 regular meeting approved a proposed 2021 (payable 2022) property tax levy at the maximum amount allowed by the state. The proposed levy is $124,898,864, an increase of $3,433,449 or 2.83 percent compared to the levy for payable 2021 property taxes.