Education

EDINA 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 district’s educational credo “We Care, We Dare, We Share.”

First and foremost, the school district is committed to people. The administration’s goal is to treat every person – student, parent, staff and community member – with sensitivity, respect, fairness and compassion.

Edina 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 achievements.

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 Midwest’s largest AP programs for college credit, and personal growth is emphasized along with academic learning. All schools have computer labs and all classrooms have computers.

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.

All 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 award’s 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. Edina’s 112 state sports championships make it number one in the state.

Every year in which state standards tests have been given, Edina’s scores have been in the top five for all categories. On the most recent tests, Edina’s 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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