Opportunities to thrive, partnerships to expand learning, and support to grow
A child's first years of school provide a foundation for lifelong learning. We offer early learning programs for children ages 0-3 and Parent Aware 4 Star-rated preschool classes for children ages 3-5. Prekindergarten programming—available at every elementary school—incorporates research-based early learning standards developed by the Minnesota Department of Education. Our teachers and staff work together to ensure the concepts and skills taught in pre-K lay the groundwork for those taught in kindergarten.
Elementary students are introduced to a range of subjects, from reading/language arts to math, science, social studies, art, music (vocal and instrumental) and physical education. Students in fourth and fifth grade can audition for the Children's Chorus, a districtwide performing group that has served the community for more than 50 years. Services are also provided at each elementary school to support gifted learners and students with special needs.
In middle school, young minds thrive on active learning. Our middle school program keeps students engaged and challenged; helps them discover new interests; and supports their growth.
An interdisciplinary team of teachers focuses on each child's academic, social and emotional needs. Students also have a regular advisory period that provides time for extra attention to academics, along with opportunities to build relationships with teachers and other students.
While in middle school, students may even take courses eligible for high school credit.
High school offers opportunities for students to explore, grow and prepare for entering the workplace or college. In addition to choosing core subjects and a wide range of electives, students can participate in sports, theater, arts, clubs, music, community service and leadership opportunities.
District 279 scholars have several options for earning college credit while in high school, including:
- Advanced Placement courses
- International Baccalaureate courses
- Credit agreements with local community and technical colleges
- Post-Secondary Enrollment Options.
Our robust career and technical education offerings can help scholars gain career-connected knowledge, skills and competencies that will help them succeed in life after high school. Students can even receive workplace-ready certifications in fields such as automotive technology, culinary arts, health care, and information technology.