District 279 Profile
About ISD 279 - Osseo Area Schools
ISD 279 - Osseo Area Schools is an award-winning school system that inspires and prepares all students with the confidence, courage, and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning.
ISD 279 is the fifth-largest school district in the state, serving all or parts of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo, Plymouth, and Rogers.
The district serves more than 20,000 students, kindergarten through grade 12, in 17 elementary schools (PreK-6), four junior highs (7-9), three senior highs (10-12), an area learning center, two early childhood centers, two special program sites, and an adult education/enrollment center. Community education classes serve lifelong learners from birth through senior citizens.
The district is known for excellence in areas ranging from academics and arts to sports and finance. ISD 279 is the only Minnesota school district honored as one of the nation’s “Best Communities for Music Education” every year since 2009. The district is home to three National Blue Ribbon elementary schools: Cedar Island (1990); Park Brook (1997); and Rush Creek (2007). Woodland Elementary was named a Minnesota School of Excellence (2011) and a Family Friendly School (2009). Magnet schools have earned state and national recognition as Schools of Excellence or Schools of Distinction. The district’s careful stewardship of taxpayer funds has been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Association of School Business Officials International.
Osseo is the only school district in the nation that has earned certification as an authorized training site for the International Society for Technology in Education, sharing that status with prestigious companies such as Intel, Verizon, PBS, and Adobe.
ISD 279 has what parents want in an excellent school district, according to SchoolMatch, a national school evaluation company.
Magnet schools allow students to deepen their learning in special focus areas. At Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School, students discover the scientists in themselves through inquiry-based, hands-on classroom science and math activities, using current technology and equipment for collecting and analyzing data. Birch Grove School for the Arts offers students opportunities to achieve through the integration of fine arts, dance, drama, and music.
At the secondary level, North View Junior High (7-9) and Park Center Senior High (10-12) offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, recognized worldwide for their challenging international education and rigorous assessment programs. Brooklyn Junior High offers a STEM magnet program that is expanding, as planned, to a full-school STEAM (STEM plus Arts) program, starting with the 2013-2014 school year. Osseo Senior High’s popular health science offerings have expanded into a full health science magnet program.
Gifted Education programs serve the academic, social and emotional needs of gifted/talented learners. Every high school, plus Brooklyn Junior High, offers college-level courses through the Advanced Placement program.
Co-curricular offerings build character, stretch minds, and challenge the body. Students have been recognized as state champions in various sports; Minnesota State High School League Academic Excellence award winners; state qualifiers in multiple sports; All-Conference musicians; and the Hennepin Theater Trust Spotlight Award.
ISD 279 students reflect the global community, coming from homes where more than 80 dialects or languages other than English are spoken. Diverse demographics contribute to rich, real-life learning environments that prepare students for the 21st century workplace.
Preschool is offered at both early childhood centers and four elementary schools. All-day kindergarten options (some tuition-based) and/or before- and after-school child care (gr. K-6) are available at all elementary sites.
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District brochure: Achieving Dreams
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