From adding an extra period to help struggling students to providing better ways for parents to access student information online, schools across the south metro are making significant changes this year.
From adding an extra period to help struggling students to providing better ways for parents to access student information online, schools across the south metro are making significant changes this year. One trend across Minnesota is that high schools are providing more chances for students to earn college credit, through various kinds of coursework and partnerships with colleges. Did your school update its classrooms this summer? Make room for a cyber cafe? Hire a new principal? Add a course in Chinese? Turn to page AA4 to find out.
Principal: Jane Davin
Expected enrollment: 85 (9-12)
“We had a number of cool things that happened this year,” said Jane Davin, director at Academic Arts High School in West St. Paul for seven years. For starters, students will return to a renovated school with about 30 percent more square footage. The space includes five new classrooms and a performance and recording studio.
There’s also “a new science lab and a new science teacher to go with it,” she said. The space is better suited for the school’s project-based learning and environmental focus.
Principal: Steve Degenaar
Expected enrollment: 1,606
From floor to ceiling, students will see a few physical improvements. New carpet was installed in 30 classrooms and some hallway areas, and new ceiling tile and lights are in 15 classrooms and a hallway.
The school purchased 60 Chromebooks for student use and added eight new desktop computers for use by the yearbook class. The business department also added 65 computers.
Arcadia Charter School
Principal: Ryan Krominga
Expected enrollment: 124 (6-12)