Edina & Wayzata have a great reputation but it has a lot more to do with the genes, wealth and involvement of the parents than the schools/teachers being superior.
To demonstrate this - District 197 is Eagan/Mendota Heights/West St Paul. The schools in Eagan/Mendota Heights have much higher income areas than West St Paul and the students in the schools in Eagan/Mendota Heights have much higher outcomes. Is it because the teachers in 1/2 of the school district are much better than the other?
No - it's because the people that have higher incomes might have inherrant advantages that give those kids much better outcomes.
The vast majority of parents in the Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan school district have a high opinion of the schools and it has an excellent reputation.
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ISD 196 is a very progressive school district where the administration takes pride in implementing the newest technology and teaching resources. Recently they've started using NorthStar Educational Tools, a program designed to pinpoint each student's very specific needs and teachers are being trained as coaches to guide the students on personal growth plans with amazing results. See the website http://www.NorthstarET.com. The director, Beth Swenson is amazing and the whole district will have training to highlight the use of this tool by the end of the summer.
If you need help finding homes within the district, don't hesitate to call or email.
Keith & Sheila
I have found that there are people in every district who love it and do not like it. I suggest visiting the school you are thinking of having children attend. Most of the offices welcome you and will give you a tour. You will likely know when you go through whether your child will fit well there.
Please contact me if you would like to talk further or if there is anything else I can help you with!
IBR Realty, LLC