Near Top Schools in US
Without a doubt, the #1 reason people make Apple Valley the place for a lifetime is we have one of the TOP SCHOOL DISTRICTS in MINNESOTA or the COUNTRY. Just ask most realtors and they will tell you there is a “premium” on being in the district.
Independent School District #196, fourth largest school district in Minnesota is comprised of over 28,000 students in Apple Valley, Eagan and Rosemount from a population base of 151,000. The district keeps winning national awards year after year.
- 18 Elementary Schools
- 3 Elementary Magnet Schools (arts, science, international & STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
- 6 Middle Schools
- 4 High Schools
- Unique High School of Environmental Studies at MN Zoo (juniors & seniors)
- Area Learning Center (alternative non-traditional setting)
- K-12 Special Education School
- Transitions Plus School (special education age 18-21)
- In 2012, nearly nine of 10 school-aged children who lived in District 196 attended District 196 schools. The district’s 87 percent “capture rate” is considered to be among the highest in the state.
- Independent District #196 Scores Highest in the State in ACT by a wide margin. We are at the top of the state of Minnesota, a state that is ranked 1st in ACT scores. Minnesota is followed by Iowa, Montana and Nebraska in top rankings. (source: District #196 Annual Report)
- 28% Students of Color
- 5% English Language Learners
- 15% Special Education