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District 196 elementary students shift to distance learning Nov. 23

There will be no school for all preschool and elementary students only Nov. 19 and 20. The shift is due to rising cases of COVID-19 and the inability to keep schools staffed.

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Restart Update: Middle and high school students will shift to full-time distance learning

Secondary students shifting to full-time distance learning beginning Nov. 12

In response to rising positive case rates and increase community spread of COVID-19 in our county and district, middle and high school students will shift to distance learning.

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Magnet application window for 2021-22 school year now open

Submit an application by Jan. 6, 2021, to be considered for one of the five elementary magnet schools and by Feb. 10, 2021 for Valley Middle School of STEM.

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District 196 students once again outscore state and national ACT averages

The average composite score for District 196 students is 22.7 out of a possible 36. Minnesota is also the highest-scoring state in the nation.

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Highland Elementary named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School

The U.S. Department of Education recognition is for Highland's efforts to close the achievement gap.

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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.

92% graduation rate

Our graduation rate exceeds the state average by 10 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.


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