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Academics

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) strives to positively impact student achievement through technology and innovation.

The Department of Teaching and Learning Services

  • Develops and aligns district curriculum, instruction and assessments.
  • Prepares, maintains and regularly updates the curriculum review cycle to include educational program planning and development.
  • Coordinates instructional support programs, English learning, gifted education and Title I services to align curriculum.
  • Organizes and directs staff development programs for all instructional staff.
  • Works with principals and staff in the development of comprehensive curriculum plans, school improvement plans and staff development plans.

Our goal is to connects each student’s culture, language and life experiences with what they learn in school. These connections help students access challenging curriculum and develop higher-level academic skills.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

ECFE provides classes and events designed especially for children, birth to 5 and their parents. 

Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening is a quick snapshot of your child’s health and development and is recommended at age 3 but required prior to kindergarten in Minnesota public schools.

Preschool

Families can choose classes with a parent/child day, a child only experience, a 3-5 year old mixed age class or an evening preschool option.

Pre-K

Prekindergarten is for children who are four-years-old one year before starting kindergarten. The Pre-K program is located at most elementary schools and offers a morning or afternoon option five days a week.

Kindergarten

Children who are five years old on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to start kindergarten and we look forward to welcoming your child!

Elementary School

SoWashCo Schools has 16 elementary schools conveniently located throughout the district. 

Elementary Virtual Learning Academy (VLA)

Elementary Virtual Learning Academy is available to all students in kindergarten through grade 6 for the 2021-22 school year.

Middle School

SoWashCo Schools has four middle schools serving students in grades 6-8. 

High School

SoWashCo Schools has three comprehensive high schools and an alternative learning high school with small class sizes to help students become career and college ready. 

Adult Education

The Adult Basic Education program provides learners with a comfortable and challenging learning environment to enhance work, English language and life skills.

Assessments and Grading

Learn more about state tests and grading policies.

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Career and College Readiness

Preparing students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to successfully pursue a degree, diploma, certificate or industry-recognized credential and employment.

English Learners

Providing the assistance students need for success in school

Gifted Education

Nurturing the talents and abilities of all SoWashCo students.

SoWashCo Summer

Summer school is for students currently in grades K-7 and have been identified as needing additional support.

Spanish Immersion Pathway

Preparing students linguistically, academically and socially to contribute to, and thrive in, an ever-changing world.

Special Education

A comprehensive program for students with unique learning needs.