Osseo – 279

General Information

School District Name:  279 – Osseo

School Website:  http://www.district279.org

School Contact:  Division of Leadership, Teaching and Learning

Phone Number:  763-391-7143 or 763-391-7000

Osseo Area Schools – District 279 Profile
Osseo Area Schools serve all or parts of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Corcoran, Dayton, Hassan, Maple Grove, Osseo, and Plymouth. District 279 has 19 elementary schools (K-5), four middle schools (6-8), three senior highs and an area learning center (9-12).

A comprehensive preK-12 school district, Osseo prepares students for college, post-secondary vocational training and the job market.

Elementary schools focus on reading and math achievement. Students also receive instruction in writing, research, science, social studies, phy ed and the arts. Literacy in technology, media and information retrieval is taught within subject areas. Many schools offer a variety of programs such as Four Star preschool, all-day kindergarten, multi-age classrooms and team teaching. Title 1 programs provide academic support to improve reading and math skills through an individualized plan for improvement.

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 and Park Center Senior High 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 full-school STEAM (STEM plus Arts) program. Osseo Senior High offers a full health science magnet program and courses that continue the STEM emphasis.(applicant status).

Middle Schools offer middle-level programming designed to let students sample elective courses and advance according to aptitude. Senior highs offer more than 250 basic, advanced, online, and elective courses including calculus, advanced math and science classes. Each school provides three years of French and Spanish; some offer German.

Each school provides a wide variety of talented and gifted program services, from enrichment at elementary level to secondary-level advanced classes in English, math, science and social studies.

District 279′s highly ranked special education program provides services from birth to high school graduation or age 22. Whenever possible, services are provided in regular classroom settings with children of the same age.

For more information, call the Division of Leadership, Teaching, and Learning at 763-391-7143 or 763-391-7000, or visit www.district279.org.


Superintendent & Director Information

Superintendent of School:  Kate Maguire – 763-391-7003

Athletic Director:

Director of Communications:  Barbara Olson

Directory of Business Services:  Kelly Benusa

Director of Technology:  Tim Wilson


Facilities Information

Elementary Schools # of Buildings:  19

Elementary Schools # of Students:  11,362

Middle Schools # of Buildings:  4

Middle Schools # of Students:  10,585

High Schools # of Buildings:  3

High Schools # of Students:  3,255

Alternative Learning Center:  1

Open Enrollment?  Yes

Student/Staff Ratio

Elementary Schools:  17:1

Middle Schools:  28:1

High Schools:  30:1

Expenditures Per Pupil

Elementary Schools:  $8,856

Middle Schools:  $8,856

High Schools:  $8,856


Buses Available:  Bus routes available to all schools


Hot Lunch:  Yes


Grading Policies

Elementary Schools:  Standards-based grading

Middle Schools:  Letter

High Schools:  Letter

Percentage of Schools Accredited

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Middle Schools:

High Schools:

Percentage Staff Degrees

Bachelors:  100%

Masters:  71.2%


Certified Staff

Elementary Art:

Elementary Phys. Ed.:  Yes

Elementary Music:  Yes

Elementary Media:  Yes

Number of Non-Athletic Extracurricular Activities:  26

Classes Offered

Middle Schools
Adv. Computers
High School
Adv. Computers
AP Classes

Ratio of Students to Computers

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Percentage of Seniors Who Attended

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Vocational or Technical (2 year):

College or University (4 year):

ACT Statistics

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SAT Statistics

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National Merit Scholars

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Programs for Gifted & Talented:  Yes

Special Education Programs:  Yes

Other Special Programs Worth Mentioning:

Magnet Schools
Arts, STEM, STEAM, International Baccalaureate, Health & Sciences


Baseball:  Boys

Basketball:  Boys/Girls

CC Running:  Boys/Girls

CC Skiing:  Boys/Girls

Competition Cheer:  Girls

Dance Team:  Girls

Downhill Skiing:  Boys/Girys

Football:  Boys

Golf:  Boys/Girls

Gymnastics:  Girls

Ice Hockey:  Boys/Girls

Lacrosse:  Boys/Girls

Soccer:  Boys/Girls

Softball:  Girls

Swimming:  Boys/Girls

Tennis:  Boys/Girls

Track & Field:  Boys/Girls

Volleyball:  Girls

Wrestling:  Boys

Adapted Athletics Offered:  Softball, Soccer, and Floor Hockey

Intramural Programs Offered: