| Our tradition of excellence
is built on a firm foundation:
Community leaders from small towns and rural areas recognized the need to provide students with the best education possible back in 1952 when they voted overwhelmingly in favor of consolidating into Anoka-Hennepin School District 11. Since that time, the community has provided financial support to build schools, provide modern technology, and develop maintain strong educational programs.
Well developed educational programs:
Students in all of the district's schools have access to the same quality programs. Each area of the curriculum is reviewed on a regular basis by committees that include parents as well as teachers. A district wide Character Education program teaches and emphasizes the core values of respect, responsibility, appreciation of diversity, integrity and compassion. These values are emphasized in all schools and at all grade levels.
The elementary curriculum emphasizes development of basic skills and creative expression through the arts.
The new elementary math curriculum uses a hands on "lab" approach that helps students develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. The district's language arts program combines reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking. The first grade reading program includes a phonics component. The district's hands-on science program stresses learning through discovery. Specialists teach elementary music, art and physical education.
The middle school program is designed to help each individual student discover and develop his or her own talents in a supportive, caring environment.
Each student becomes part of a team. All students on the team share a group of teachers who plan and present learning activities in ways that help students understand the relationship among various areas of study. Each team consists of teachers from the core areas of math, science, English and social studies. In addition to required courses, students can choose from a number of electives in art, business education, family and consumer sciences, world language, technology education, music and physical education.
All of the district's high schools provide a uniform, comprehensive curriculum to ensure equal opportunity for students.
The high schools offer a wide range of required and elective courses. Students can choose to explore a number of areas of study or concentrate in-depth on areas of interest. All of the district's high schools offer a range of programs to prepare students for employment or post secondary education, including Tech Prep, Advanced Placement and College in the Schools, internship and mentorship programs. Youth Service programs are available to give students opportunities to share their time and talents in helping others throughout the community. A full range of extracurricular activities is offered in academics, athletics, fine arts, and student leadership. Alternative high school programs are available for students whose needs are not met in a traditional high school setting.