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Independent School District 196 is a nationally recognized public school district of choice located in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Known as the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, District 196 is the fourth largest in Minnesota, serving approximately 27,000 students from early childhood through grade 12 and more than 150,000 total residents. The 110 square-mile district includes 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 18 elementary schools (grades K-5), including three elementary magnet schools that focus on arts and science, international studies, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math); 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 and Pathway). (School attendance area maps and address search)

Group of studentsSchools use varied instructional models, but a rigorous program-evaluation process provides a comprehensive curriculum and essentially the same basic learning opportunities districtwide. Each school has programs for special education, students at risk and gifted students. Each school has at least one computer lab, email and Internet access, and a computer in almost every classroom.

Elementary schools are organized traditionally, teaching methods are traditional and texts are adopted districtwide. Middle schools have a six-period day and provide time each day for academic intervention and enrichment. High schools offer 24 Advanced Placement courses, many electives and a variety of opportunities to participate in athletics and fine and performing arts.

District 196 has high academic standards and expectations, and a record of outstanding student achievement in and out of the classroom. The district has a comprehensive curriculum, outstanding teachers, supportive communities and a high level of parent involvement. District 196 has a graduation rate of 90 percent, and approximately 90 percent of graduates indicate plans to continue their education after high school.

For 11 years in a row, District 196 has earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International. The award recognizes excellence in the preparation and issuance of the district's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.


Our Mission

Educating our students to reach their full potential.


Our Beliefs

  • Students come first
  • All students can learn
  • High expectations inspire students and staff to excel
  • Learning is maximized in a safe, respectful and inclusive environment
  • A well-rounded education includes opportunities in academics, the arts and athletics
  • Learning is a lifelong pursuit
  • Effective management of resources is critical
  • Partnerships and collaboration enhance educational programming
  • A culture of innovation and continuous improvement prepares students to be college and career ready
  • An informed and engaged community guides effective decision making

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