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Why Choose ISD 191?

We know parents have myriad choices when it comes to their children's education. District 191 schools are committed to delivering on our mission of ensuring each student is future ready and community strong. Here are some ways we deliver on that mission as a leader in education in Minnesota.

Pathways at Burnsville High School: The Pathways model at Burnsville High School represents a sweeping change in how we encourage students to think about and plan for the Burnsville High School experience. A Pathway is basically a series of classes that students can take to help them follow their interests and prepare for the future. By looking at the Pathway that includes a career interest of theirs, students will find classes that make sense for them. Learn more about Pathways

elementary bandCollege Preparation: Burnsville High School is No. 2 in participation and credits earned in the College in the Schools (CIS) program through the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. We offer nine different CIS courses and more than a dozen Advanced Placement classes in subjects ranging from American History to writing, and from economics to Spanish.

STEA3M Middle Schools: Starting with the 2016-17 school year and as part of Vision One91, 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 STEA3with academic rigor, relevance, opportunity and community! Read More about STEA3M Middle Schools

Arts: We know the importance of fostering creativity as part of a students' education. In terms of brain development and in terms of preparing learners to solve the problems they'll face, participation in visual, musical and performing arts makes a huge difference. In District 191, we've added arts when other districts have cut, including an art specialist position at each elementary school, band programs available to all fifth and sixth graders, orchestra at all three middle schools, and strong theater and one-act play programs at all of our secondary schools. 

Magnet Schools: We're proud to be home of three magnet schools at the elementary level, including STEM, Gifted & Talented, and Arts & Technology. While all of our schools deliver on our core curriculum and offer unique enrichment opportunities, our magnet schools do so with specific approaches and focuses that can benefit students. You can find the right fit for your child in District 191. Learn more

STEM: Along with our magnet program at William Byrne Elementary, all three District 191 middle schools and Burnsville High School offers a full complement of Project Lead the Way engineering courses as well as numerous other science, technology, engineering and math opportunities. To get a sense of everything that's offered at the secondary level, download a copy of our Course Catalog.

PBIS/School Culture: We know students learn best in a safe and supportive environment. Each of our schools fosters that type of culture through a unique Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program. These programs set consistent expectations throughout the school, uses a common language when talking about behavior, and focus on reinforcing good choices that students make every day. Nicollet Middle School, in particular, has been a leader in the state in implementing PBIS. Read more about PBIS at Nicollet

Athletics/Activities: District 191 schools offer a wide selection of co- and extra-curricular activities to complement and enrich our students' school experience. From robotics to community service to athletics and everything in between, students have unique opportunities to explore their interests, connect with peers and build new skills. Athletics opportunities start at our three middle schools and continue with 28 teams at the high school level. Read more about Activities at Burnsville High School.