Located approximately nine miles north of the downtown areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Mounds View Public Schools (District 621) provides instructional services for children and adult learners who live in the cities of Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights.
Mounds View is among the largest districts in Minnesota. With six elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, one alternative school and an Area Learning Center, the District serves more than 10,000 students and employs more than 1,400 staff.
Mounds View Public Schools offers a no-fee, all-day, every day kindergarten program. The program expansion is part of the District's comprehensive Pre-K - 14 initiative that includes The Equity Promise. This commitment ensures that all students will be prepared for post-secondary success regardless of race, class, gender or disability.
Students from the attendance areas of Island Lake Elementary School and Turtle Lake Elementary School attend a kindergarten center at Snail Lake Education Center in Shoreview. Kindergarten students from the attendance areas of Bel Air Elementary School, Pinewood Elementary School, Sunnyside Elementary School and Valentine Hills Elementary School attend a kindergarten center at Pike Lake Education Center in New Brighton.
Mounds View Public Schools students attend one of six K-5 elementary schools. These schools follow the adopted District curriculum in all subject areas and meet all state curriculum requirements. All schools are served by specialists in areas such as art, world language, music, physical education, science, special education, and media. An attempt is made to provide for the unique needs of all students by providing educational opportunities through special education, high potential programs and primary individual learning plans.
Students in grades 6-8 attend middle schools designed to meet the needs of early adolescent children. All middle schools provide a comprehensive curriculum, including art, communication skills, health, technology education, mathematics, music, physical education, science, social studies and Spanish. In addition, enrichment opportunities or electives are offered in vocal, band, and orchestral music; computer literacy; art and drama; writing; academic competitions; and intramural athletics. Students are taught by teams of teachers in flexible blocks of time.
The two high schools, Irondale and Mounds View, offer a comprehensive program with a broad spectrum of electives to help meet students' needs ranging from college preparatory, special education, vocational/technical, and work-study. Mounds View Public Schools is the first school district in the state to offer early college high school programs allowing students the opportunity to earn a two-year associate degree for free - all while still enrolled in high school. Mentorship opportunities and college-level courses are also offered to prepare students for college advanced placement. Approximately 80% of our high school graduates continue in some form of higher education, either collegiate or vocational.
The schools at all levels have a wide range of co-curricular activities which include award-winning vocal, band, and orchestral programs. Students involved in school publications, speech, athletics, academic problem solving, and other special activities regularly advance to state, national, and international levels of competition.
Special Services offers a wide range of programs for students with special needs. The istructional programs include: Special Education, Title I, English as a Second Language, Indian Education, Homebound Instruction, and Adapted Physical Education. The District provides additional support to students when appropriate through school psychologists, school social workers, educational speech/language clinicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school nurses, and chemical education specialists.
Occupational education and alternative programs are designed to meet the needs of elementary and secondary students. Secondary schools offer programs in business education, home economics and industrial education. In addition, on-the-job training programs are available to District students. All students study career awareness with exploration and preparation offered at the appropriate level. Students in grades 11 and 12 have the option to spend part of their school day at Northeast Metro Technical Center 916 to explore and develop career skills.
Alternative programs are available for high school age students who benefit from nontraditional learning strategies. The District's Area Learning Center has been designated as one of four exemplary area learning centers in the state.
The District's Community Education department offers a variety of programs and services which are held in the schools throughout the District. Services available through Community Education are: Adult Basic Education, Adult and Youth Enrichment Classes, Community School Use, Computer Training, Early Childhood Family Education, Family Literacy, Senior Citizens (including Home Delivered Meals, Transportation, and Senior Dining), Parent Resource Center, Emergency Food Shelf, Youth Development opportunities, Youth Service Learning, and Youth Summer Programs. Descriptions of programs and classes offered through the Community Education Department are mailed in August, January and March to all District residents.
Laurentian Environmental Center is a residential environmental learning center operated by the District. It is located 14 miles north of Virginia, Minnesota, within the boundaries of the Superior National Forest. Students, accompanied by teachers and parents, come to the center for quality, hands-on learning experiences within the natural environment.