District 196 is located in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is the fourth largest school district in Minnesota, serving approximately 29,000 students and more than 150,000 total residents. The district’s 110 square miles encompass all or part of the cities of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Coates, Inver Grove Heights and Lakeville, and Empire and Vermillion townships.
District 196 has 19 elementary schools (grades K-5); six middle schools (grades 6-8); four high schools (grades 9-12); an optional School of Environmental Studies at the Minnesota Zoo for juniors and seniors; an Area Learning Center alternative high school for those more successful in a non-traditional setting; a K-12 special education school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (Dakota Ridge), and a special education school serving young adults ages 18-21 (Transition Plus). Five of our elementary schools and one middle school are magnet schools that offer focused instruction around the themes of arts and science, international studies, leadership and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). We also operate two learning centers (Cedar Valley and Dakota Valley) that provide early childhood and Adult Basic Education, and offer robust Community Education programs and classes for lifelong learners of all ages.
In District 196, we have high academic standards and expectations, and a record of outstanding student achievement both in and out of the classroom. We boast comprehensive curriculum, outstanding teachers, supportive communities and a high level of parent involvement. Our graduation rate is 92 percent, and approximately 90 percent of graduates indicate plans to continue their education after high school.
District 196 is consistently recognized as a responsible steward of the public’s investment in its schools. The district has earned the Meritorious Budget Award and Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting numerous times from the Association of School Business Officials International.