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Near Top Schools in US

Without a doubt, the #1 reason people make Apple Valley the place for a lifetime is we have one of the TOP SCHOOL DISTRICTS in MINNESOTA or the COUNTRY. Just ask most realtors and they will tell you there is a “premium” on being in the district.

Independent School District #196, fourth largest school district in Minnesota is comprised of over 28,000 students in Apple Valley, Eagan and Rosemount from a population base of 151,000. The district keeps winning national awards year after year.

  • 18 Elementary Schools
  • 3 Elementary Magnet Schools (arts, science, international & STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
  • 6 Middle Schools
  • 4 High Schools
  • Unique High School of Environmental Studies at MN Zoo (juniors & seniors)
  • Area Learning Center (alternative non-traditional setting)
  • K-12 Special Education School
  • Transitions Plus School (special education age 18-21)
  • In 2012, nearly nine of 10 school-aged children who lived in District 196 attended District 196 schools. The district’s 87 percent “capture rate” is considered to be among the highest in the state.
  • Independent District #196 Scores Highest in the State in ACT by a wide margin. We are at the top of the state of Minnesota, a state that is ranked 1st in ACT scores. Minnesota is followed by Iowa, Montana and Nebraska in top rankings. (source: District #196 Annual Report)


  • 28% Students of Color
  • 5% English Language Learners
  • 15% Special Education

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