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Magnet Schools

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

In 2016-17, we launched an exciting new magnet concept at all three new middle schools. We took the best of the magnet programs we had in all three junior highs, and shared it across all three new middle schools with grades 6-8. We also added 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 in District 191 is a STEA3M school with science, technology, engineering and math. Each school also has three As for Arts, AVID and Advanced Learning. The curriculum designed for our middle schools is interdisciplinary, project and inquiry-based, and focuses on key units of study aligned to national and state standards. The STEA3M mindset is embedded in all lessons and challenges 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 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

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.

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 Ken Essay at 952-707-3900 or
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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
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AVID College Readiness

All District 191 middle and high schools 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
Contact: Principal Brad Robb at 952-707-3600 or
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