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Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 is a dynamic and innovative suburban public school district serving approximately 8,000 students. In fact, the district’s innovation has attracted the attention of major corporations (Google and Best Buy) and national publications. The District includes eight elementary schools with kindergarten through grade 5 (some with voluntary pre-kindergarten programs), two middle schools with grades 6-8, one high school with grades 9-12 and one alternative high school. The District also includes one of the most extensive Community Education programs in the state, serving newborns up through senior citizens.

Future Ready / Community Strong

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 is in the midst of a major redesign called "Vision One91" that involves school buildings, programming, technology and more, all aimed at preparing today's students to be Future Ready and Community Strong. Many of these changes began with the 2016-17 school year including:

  • Major additions and renovations at Burnsville High School, including a new fabrication lab, flexible learning spaces, technology-enhanced classrooms, new science classrooms, an activities center, and more.
  • A new "Pathways" model at Burnsville High School that encourages students to explore their interests, find their passions and plan for their future success in college and careers.
  • A new STEA3M Middle School model that combines the best of our previous magnet programs – STEM, gifted programing, arts and AVID – and makes them available for all students at all three middle schools.
  • Expanded learning technology, including 1-to-1 personal devices for high school students (2016-17) and middle school students (2017-18), as well as increased devices and the addition of digital learning specialists at all elementary schools teaching vital tech skills.

Learn about Vision One91 and the changes happening at District 191 schools at

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 is approximately 8,000 students in K-12:

  • 80% of resident school-age students attend Burnsville Schools; 6% of the student population joins District 191 through state open enrollment programs
  • 55% of Burnsville Public Schools students report minority status, an increase of 10% in the last five years.
  • 15.8% of students receive English Learner services, with Burnsville families speaking 84 different languages at home.
  • 49% of Burnsville students qualify for Free and Reduced priced meals.
  • 12.5% of students receive Special Education services.
  • 7% of District 191 students are served by our Gifted and Talented Program.

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Awards and Honors for District 191 and schools

Burnsville High School is No. 2 for participation and credits earned through the College in the Schools program of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. In 2015-16, BHS students earned 2,856 credits right at their school that saved them $1.34 million in tuition costs.

Mouse Squad Certification Badge Program: Burnsville High School is one of 200 schools that are part of a Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) grant. Students can earn badges that become an online record of work and qualifications that is transferable, allowing a student to present them to a place of employment or educational institution.

Sioux Trail Elementary was a recipient of a 2016 Local Government Innovation Award presented by the  Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. For it’s work to become a culturally proficient school, Sioux Trail was named the top winner in the schools category and was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation.

Nicollet Middle School has met the highest standards to quality of as an AVID National Demonstration School and serves as a model for other schools implementing the college prep program.

Vista View Elementary and Nicollet Middle School were selected as 2016 Sustaining Exemplar Schools by the Minnesota Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) State Leadership Team. The schools as statewide leaders and role models in implementing PBIS, a framework to support positive behavior, improve school climate and increase the success of all students.

Metcalf Middle School’s chess teams, coached by math teacher Brian Ribnick, have won 19 national championships — an astounding record that only one other school in the nation can top. In 2016 , the Metcalf team won the Minnesota State Junior High Chess Championship — the 29th state chess title in the school’s history.

District 191 earned is one of three school districts in the state of Minnesota to earn the Certificate of Excellence (COE) for more than 25 years. The designation is awarded by the Association of School Business Officials International and is the gold standard and the highest recognition for school district financial reporting. District 191 has earned the award for 27 consecutive years.

Google and Best Buy selected Burnsville High School as a showcase district for technology innovation in December 2016 at an #ExploreEDU event.  

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Academic awards and honors for students

We are always proud of what our students accomplish. Here are some recent examples:

AP Scholar Awards: In 2017, a total of 82 students achieved recognition based on their scores on rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) exams they took after completing college-level courses at Burnsville High School. Students who earn a 3 or more on the exams (out of a possible 5) may be eligible for college credits, advanced placement, or both.

National Merit Scholarship Program: Nine Burnsville High School seniors were recognized in 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program, a nationwide competition for recognition and awards conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Blake Andert and Trang Truong were named as National Merit Semifinalists, which placed them in the top 1 percent of students who took the test. Seven others were named as Commended Students, a designation that went to fewer than three percent of those who took the test. They were Kit Chow, Emma Hakanson, Abigail Herzog, Abigail Rhode, Madeline Strey, Connor Van Dorpe and Erin Williams.

International science competitions: For the 23rd time since 1992, Burnsville High School students qualified to attend international science competition — a remarkable record. In 2017, Sophomore Hanna Holmstrom is going to the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEP) in Houston in May. Her project is "A Comparison of Alternative Protein Sources and their Impact on the Environment." Junior Claire Wentzlaff is headed to Los Angeles for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May. Her project is "The Effects of Bacillus Bacteria on the Invasive Species Lemna minor (Duckweed).” Alternates are seniors Connor Van Dorpe and Braxton Kukulka, who will attend all activities and functions at the competition.

National AVID Conference: Three students at Nicollet Middle School were selected to be part of a four-day national conference that educators from around the country attended to learn more about Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) in Minneapolis in June 2016.

Selena Thach, a fifth grade student at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage, qualified to compete at the state level of the National Geographic Bee. Selena won the school competition in 2016 and then completed a qualifying test through the National Geographic Society. Only the top 100 students in Minnesota were selected to participate in the state bee.

Trang Truong made history at Burnsville High School in 2016 by earning a perfect score of 1520 on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). That alone is amazing, but then Trang earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT Composite, another national college admissions exam.

Samantha HoangLong received the 2016 Youth Frontiers Character Award which is presented each year to a student who stands out as an exceptional leader who exemplifies the values of kindness, courage and respect.

Scott Tinkham's film, "JERRAD," won Best Documentary and Best Cinematography in May 2016 at the EDU Film Festival, the premier Minnesota film event for high school students.

Fiona Chow and Emma Hakanson designed and developed an interactive soundboard app in their mobile computer science principles class that took first place in the 2nd Congressional District as part of the National Congressional App Challenge.

Fiona Chow received the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) and earned recognition at the national level. The Burnsville High School junior was selected to receive this award based on her demonstrated interest and achievement in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance and plans for post-secondary education.

The Harriet Bishop Service Club, which organizes students to engage in community service at the school and throughout the community, was honored for its work at a major, statewide celebration of community service called WE Day Minnesota in 2016.

Burnsville Community Builder awards were presented to three members of District 191 by the Burnsville City Council in 2016. They are Tyrese Leverty, a student leader at Burnsville High School; Christian Kibler, coordinator of the Burnsville Youth Collaborative, and Sean Lenhardt, mentor for the Burnsville High School Robotics Team.

Gavin Shaner, a fifth-grader at Harriet Bishop Elementary in Savage, placed third among nearly 1,800 students from throughout the Midwest who took the ACT Explore exam through the Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) program. He achieved a perfect score on the math portion of the exam and was the top scorer among Minnesota students. The exam is typically taken by 8th graders, making his accomplishment even more impressive.

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Student participation in the the arts, activities and athletics

Burnsville High School offers 34 school sponsored clubs/activities, 29 student interest clubs/activities and 40 athletic teams. There truly is something for everyone student at Burnsville High School.

Student participation in drama productions:

  • Les Miserables - approximately 60 people plus 15 tech people
  • One Acts - approximately 55 people both tech and cast
  • Spring Play - approximately 15 people both tech and cast, 4th place at section semifinals
  • Showcase - approximately 70 people plus 10 tech people

Winter Drumline:
The BHS winter drumline has been in the top 3 in its class for the last 4 years and has been state champions 7 times.

Community service:
BrainPower in a BackPack is student service project at Burnsville High School.

  • This involves BHS student volunteers packing weekend food for 600 plus District 191 students every week.
  • Each week 35 to 40 BHS students volunteer to help
  • Currently providing BrainPower program to all elementary and preschool programs in the district and will be expanding to middle schools this year.


  • Burnsville Chapter membership has grown to nearly 100 students
  • 37 (about 65 students competed) students qualified for DECA State March 19-21, 2017
  • The majority of students qualified in multiple events

Quiz Bowl

  • During the 2016-17 school year, BHS has competed as many as seven different teams at a tournament.  BHS teams have won two straight undefeated South Suburban Conference Championships and four straight undefeated SSC JV Championships, including this year.  
  • For the second straight year Burnsville has gone 12-0 in the Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League's South Division, winning the division and earning a #1 seed heading into playoffs.  
  • Last year in the Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League Championship, Burnsville placed 4th out of 131 teams, with the top four BHS teams all placing in the top 50.  
  • Last year at the NAQT Minnesota State Championship, Burnsville placed 5th overall.  
  • Burnsville won four total tournaments last year:  Wisconsin Fall High School Quiz Bowl Tournament at Madison, Wisconsin, the underclassmen WIZARD at Eden Prairie, the inaugural TANGENT at Shattuck-St. Mary's, and the South Suburban Conference.   
  • Burnsville has qualified to participate in the last four High School National Championship Tournaments, including having multiple teams qualify each of the last two years. The highest BHS finish was last year placing 53rd out of 272 teams.


  • Nolan Sawchuk - all conference and state tournament participant
  • Jenna and Maria Graves were selected for the All-Conference golf team in 2016


In 2016, the Burnsville High School team was conference champions, Section 3 champions and placed 5th at state. In addition, baseball players earned several recognitions including:

  • All-Conference: Kyle Ferderer, Sam Schneider, Collin Strey, Sam Carlson and Mike Schiller.
  • Honorable Mention All-Conference: Max Hanson, Jackson Martens and Noah Robb.

Boys’ Soccer

  • The boys soccer team won section 3AA over St Paul Central 4-0 to advance to the Minnesota State Tournament in 2016
  • Ethan Anderson earned All State recognition.

Olympic Weightlifting

The Burnsville Olympic Weightlifting Varsity team secured its fourth consecutive varsity state title on March 11 at Lakeville South High School. The junior varsity team (born 2001 or later) won its first state title. Burnsville is the first team since 2004 to win both divisions in the same year.

Nordic Ski Team (2016-2017 school year)

  • Girls won South Suburban Conference Championships and Section 1 Championships to qualify for State Meet
  • Girls finished 10th at State meet, Kelly Koch finished 5th individually.
  • Kelly Koch also qualified for the Junior National Race which will take place this spring.
  • Krista Holmstrom earned Academic All State
  • Boys finished 2nd at South Suburban Conference Championships and 3rd at Sections.


2015 Clay Target State Championship

  • Novice: Claire Wentzlaff  2nd place in State, Women's Class 6A
  • Varsity:
  • Catherine Knutson, 3rd place in State, Women's Class 6A  94/100
  • Alex Dahl, tied for 24th in State, Men's Class 6A, 95/100

All-State Trapshooting Team, 2016:

  • Alex Dahl, grade 12 (since graduated)
  • Dane Nelson, grade 11

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Staff Achievements

  • TIES Technology Leader Award - Rachel Gorton, the district’s coordinator of instructional technology.

  • Minnesota Art Education of the Year: Kathryn Petri, art teacher at Harriet Bishop Elementary School.

  • Nurse of the Year- Minnesota March of Dimes named Burnsville High School’s Pam Walcher “Nurse of the Year” in the Community Health Nursing Category in 2016.

  • Fulbright Scholar: Rachel Lucius, a music teacher at Rahn Elementary School is among 45 U. S. Citizens selected to travel abroad in 2017 by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

  • John Glas, a math teacher at Nicollet Middle School in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, is one of 37 semifinalists in the 53rd annual Minnesota Teacher of the Year recognition sponsored by Education Minnesota. From that group, about 10 finalists will be named in late March.