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Continued: What's new in south metro schools

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 27, 2013 - 2:08 PM

Estimated enrollment: 2,020

 

At Eagan High School, students, parents and staff will notice the updated parking lot and busing area when they first drive into school. The changes were made to make the area safer, said Principal Polly Reikowski.

This year is the first that Eagan will offer AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) to 9th graders only. About 25 students are in the program.

Finally, four new teachers will join the staff, including two math teachers, a German teacher and a special-education teacher. The teachers will meet an entering class of 485 freshman — a smaller number than in recent years. Last year’s graduating class numbered 584.

 

Eastview

Principal: Randall Peterson

Expected enrollment: 2,150

 

This year, the STEM program at Eastview will have a bit of a new structure, according to Principal Randall Peterson. The classes will now be taught by math teachers and have algebra, geometry and physics principles embedded in them.

In addition, the high school will have six intervention days built in, instead of last year’s eight days. Because the school has “cranked up expectations” in the past few years, Peterson said that these days are necessary to support students and get them caught up. Six days seems to be the most the school can incorporate without disrupting things too much, he said.

 

Farmington

Principal: Ben Kusch

Expected enrollment: 1,891

 

After the district’s designation as an Innovation Zone last year and expansion of technology integration over the past few years, Farmington High School Principal Ben Kusch said the school has “enough that was new last year to tide us over for a little bit.”

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