PUBLIC SCHOOLS: We Care, We Dare, We Share
In fulfilling the
mission of the Edina Public Schools, a conscious effort is made to live
out the districts educational credo We Care, We Dare, We Share.
First and foremost,
the school district is committed to people. The administrations
goal is to treat every person student, parent, staff and community
member with sensitivity, respect, fairness and compassion.
Public Schools is committed to excellence, and the staff dares to try
promising new ideas and approaches to better prepare students for life
in a rapidly changing world. Their goal is to continuously improve.
Finally, Edina Public
Schools is committed to partnership. Teamwork among students, staff, parents
and community promotes a cooperative spirit for solving problems and celebrating
Edina Public Schools
serves the community with six elementary schools, two middle schools (for
Grades 6-9) and a high school. Community Education Services offers programs
for people of all ages infants through senior citizens.
Edina has six neighborhood
elementary schools and two alternative programs French immersion
and continuous progress. Specialists provide support for each school in
art, music, physical education, technology and Spanish.
The secondary curriculum
emphasizes college preparation. Edina has one of the Midwests largest
AP programs for college credit, and personal growth is emphasized along
with academic learning. All schools have computer labs and all classrooms
A district-wide ethical
values program is part of the curriculum in all grades. Special Education
Services and the Gifted Education Program provide a full range of services.
Accelerated classes begin in Grade 6. Eight languages are offered, including
Chinese, Japanese, Latin/Italian and Russian.
benchmarks of success are arbitrary, but Edina Public Schools celebrates
student success. The skills, knowledge, and sense of self-worth that each
student gains is the most important. Staff strives to meet the needs of
each student, to challenge them and give them a love for lifelong learning.
Edina Public Schools
consistently rate at the top in the nation. All three secondary schools
and Creek Valley Elementary have received the National School of Excellence
award from the U.S. Department of Education. Edina received national recognition
for being the first in the nation to start high school later in response
to definitive research on adolescent sleep patterns. Newsweek has ranked
Edina among the top 100 high schools in the nation. SchoolMatch, a school
selection service, has rated Edina as a parents choice winner for
schools that most match what parents want in a school district. Edina
has won this award every year since the awards inception in 1992.
The board of education/superintendent
team was named top three in the nation by the New England School Development
Council. KIDS Club (Edina Schools quality, affordable care and enrichment
program) was the first school-aged childcare program in the state to earn
accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.
The high school literary
magazine has received top national ratings for 37 years. The concert band
has received superior ratings in state competition for 50 consecutive
years, and the concert choir has received superior ratings for 24 consecutive
years. After 23 years of superior ratings for the concert orchestra, Edina
placed the maximum number of musicians from a district in the 2002-2003
All State Orchestra. Edinas 112 state sports championships make
it number one in the state.
Every year in which
state standards tests have been given, Edinas scores have been in
the top five for all categories. On the most recent tests, Edinas
10th and 11th grade students were first in the state in reading and math.
Community Education programs include Adult Enrichment, Business/ Education Partnership, Community Resource Pool, Edina Family Center, Edina Resource Center, Youth Development/Youth Service and the nationally recognized KIDS Club.
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