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Magnet Schools

Looking ahead to the 2016-17 school year, here’s what magnet school offerings will be in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191

Magnet schools offer a unique approach and focus that can benefit students, while still delivering on our core curriculum and mission of ensuring students are ready to succeed after high school. You can find the right fit for your child in District 191.

New STEA3M middle schools

We’ll be offering an exciting new magnet concept at all three new middle schools. We're taking the best of the magnet programs we had in all three junior highs, and sharing it in all three new middle schools with grades 6-8. We're also adding quality elements that we've come across in extensive research of best practices to create a unique design we call STEA3M with academic rigor, relevance, opportunity and community!

Every middle school will be a STEA3M school with science, technology, engineering and math. Each school will also have three As for Arts, AVID and Advanced Learning. The curriculum designed for our middle schools will be interdisciplinary, project and inquiry-based, and will focus on key units of study aligned to national and state standards. The STEA3M mindset will be embedded in all lessons and will challenge students to reach their highest potential and reflect on the importance of STEA3M as a foundation for high school, college and career success. Our STEA3M middle schools will prepare students for the workplace of the future which will expect employees to think critically, use creativity and apply skills to ever-evolving situations. [Read More About Middle Schools]

Magnet transportation changes

Middle School Transportation
Since all three middle schools will offer the same programming that includes STEM, Gifted/Talented and AVID, students in 6th and 7th grades will not be bused to attend a middle school outside of their attendance area beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

For the 2016-17 school year only, 8th grade students who have been bused to the STEM program at Metcalf or the Gifted & Talented program at Eagle Ridge during the 2015-16 school year -- and live outside the attendance areas of those schools -- will continue to be bused.

In 2017-18, no middle school students will be bused to middle schools outside their attendance area.

Elementary Transportation
Currently, students on variance in grades K-5 are not provided transportation unless they have been approved as part of the Harriet Bishop Gifted & Talented Magnet program, William Byrne STEM program or within the 11 targeted areas board approved for Rahn Elementary. Funding for magnet transportation is no longer provided by the state. However, District 191 has decided to continue providing this transportation for the 2016-2017 school year.

Gifted & Talented

Gifted students thrive in schools where staff understand their unique needs and provide opportunities for them to soar. Key elements include acceleration, clustering, flexible grouping and curriculum compacting. Differentiated curriculum provides academic rigor, depth and complexity.

Teachers are committed to ongoing professional development designed to meet academic and socio-emotional needs of their students. The schools follow the standards of the National Association for Gifted Children.

Harriet Bishop Elementary School
Grades K-6 (Grades K-5 starting in 2016-17)
14400 O'Connell Road, Savage
Contact: Principal Erika Nesvig at 952-707-3900 or enesvig@isd191.org
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Eagle Ridge Middle School
Gifted talented magnet will continue for grade 8 in the 2016-2017 school year. Grades 6 & 7 will benefit from the new STEA3M program at all middle schools offering academic rigor, relevance, opportunity and community. [See brochure]

13955 Glendale Road, Savage
Contact: Principal Don Leake at 952-707-2800 or dleake@isd191.org

STEM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) schools offer active, hands-on learning. Students develop investigative skills and use new technology to both identify problems and generate solutions. Students are challenged to use inquiry-based learning methods to observe, devise and pursue research questions, record data and find solutions.

STEM schools prepare students for the workplace of the future which will expect employees to think critically, use creativity and apply skills to ever-evolving situations.

William Byrne Elementary School
Grades K-6 (Grades K-5 starting in 2016-17)
11608 River Hills Drive, Burnsville
Contact: Lyle Bomsta at 952-707-3500 or lbomsta@isd191.org
Learn More 

Metcalf Middle School
STEM magnet will continue for grade 8 in the 2016-2017 school year. Grades 6 & 7 will benefit from the new STEA3M program at all middle schools offering academic rigor, relevance, opportunity and community. [See brochure]

2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville
Contact: Kelly Ronn at 952-707-2400 or kronn@isd191.org

AVID College Readiness

All three new middle schools will offer AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college prep program designed to increase the number of students who go on to enroll in four-year colleges. AVID serves all students by ensuring they acquire the organizational and study skills needed for them to be successful. Students learn academic strategies to develop critical thinking skills and ask probing questions. Use of AVID methods, such as Cornell note-taking and group collaboration, in all classes creates a college-going culture across the school so that every student benefits from this renowned national program.

Arts & Technology

Rahn Elementary School of Arts and Technology uses arts and technology in all subject areas to foster creativity and independent thinking. Students become critical thinkers, problem solvers and life-long learners who appreciate aesthetic experiences in a global community. Students engage in critical thinking and problem solving skills while learning about the world around them. Teachers encourage student creativity, curiosity and imagination through the arts and technology. These innovative learning experiences empower students to discover their own unique talents and abilities. 

Rahn Elementary School
Grades K-6 (Grades K-5 starting in 2016-17
4424 Sandstone Drive
Eagan, MN 55122
952-707-3600
Contact: Principal Barbara Borer at 952-707-3600 or bborer@isd191.org
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