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The four communities of SouthWest Metro are served by the Schools of Eastern Carver County/School District 112. Approximately 8,700 students in grades K-12 attend one of more than a dozen facilities in the area, which includes the Kindergarten Center in Chaska, seven elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools (the second of which recently opened in September of 2009).

In addition to District 112, portions of the area are served by Minnetonka Public Schools #276, which is made up of 11 K-12 facilities, and several private and parochial school alternatives. Early childhood education is available at Jonathan Montessori School and Step By Step Montessori School in Chaska, while exceptional K-8 curriculum is provided through Chapel Hill Academy and St. Hubert’s Catholic School in Chanssen and Guardian Angels Catholic School in Chaska. After completion of primary school, students can choose to attend Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria.Post-secondary degree options are available right in town. Chaska is home to the Dunwoody College of Technology’s SouthWest Metro Campus, dubbed Dunwoody SouthWest. This private college is dedicated to preparing students for workforce entry. More than 30 hands-on, career-focused programs are offered through Dunwoody, leading to the completion of Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degrees, along with certificates and diplomas. The SouthWest Metro’s proximity to the Twin Cities also places it within commuting distance of many college campuses.

The educational landscape of the SouthWest Metro area is about to be transformed with the addition of the much-anticipated EdCampus Twin Cities. This innovative campus will bring together satellite campuses of as many as 50 diverse higher learning institutions to one location. Chaska will host the EdCampus, which will encompass 458,000 square feet of space on a 51-acre site. Once ground is broken (expected to occur by spring 2010), the project will take approximately 18 months to complete. According to Tim Engen, president of the Metropolitan Lifelong Learning Center, LLC, the project developer, “EdCampus has the potential to provide greater access, choice, diversity, employability and financeability to the students of post-secondary education in the Twin Cities metro area.” Stay tuned!

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