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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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Superintendent Kreger talking with students on the first day of school.

District 196 focusing on safety, equity and achievement 

Superintendent Mary M. Kreger shared an update for 2020-21, in which she outlines the district's goal for this unprecedented school year.

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Starting the 2020-21 school year safely

Welcome back, District 196! We are looking forward to having students back in our building, and safety is our top priority. Make sure you are familiar with our Student and Family Operational Plan.

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Boy getting a piece of pizza in a lunch line

Free meals extended for District 196 students

The USDA has temporarily extended its free meals program, which will provide students with breakfast and lunch regardless of their learning model. 

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Cohort assignment, sample schedules and updated 2020-21 calendar now available

More information about our back-to-school planning is available for students and families on our Restart 2020 page.

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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 23

Our graduates scored nearly two 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.


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