Shakopee School District 720

School District Name:
Shakopee

Website:
https://www.shakopee.k12.mn.us/shakopee (Coverage Map)

Contact Information

(952) 496-5000
1200 Town Square
Shakopee, MN 55379
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PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES

Thinking about moving to the area? ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Shakopee Public Schools Welcome Center is a one-stop location to enroll your children in school.  Come in to visit us, learn more about the district and complete necessary paperwork. We also can help connect you with community resources, athletics and activities information, preschool registration, etc.

SCHOOL FINDER

Welcome to Shakopee Public Schools

The Shakopee district serves more than 8,000 students in Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, and the Jackson, Louisville, and Sand Creek Townships. Our district is located in one of the fastest growing suburbs in the Twin Cities.

Our Mission: Shakopee Schools, in partnership with our community, will educate lifelong learners to succeed in a diverse world.

We offer a myriad of programs and activities that give our students of all ages, backgrounds and interests the chance to learn, share, explore and expand their knowledge, talents, skills and abilities in academics, arts, athletics, community service, and so much more. We also offer a variety of high potential classes at all grades as well as programs at the high school that can earn students college credits.

The Shakopee School District is committed to providing the best opportunities for our students. We are dedicated to helping them excel and achieve their educational goals and teaching them to be good citizens of our community, our nation and our world.
The Shakopee school district is proud to serve a very diverse population of students and families with more than 70 languages and dialects from around the world spoken in our schools. As of the 2017-18 school year, our student population consists of 61% Caucasian, 13% Asian, 13% Hispanic/Latino, 11% Black/African American and 2% American Indian.

Click here to view our district brochure that highlights our students, programs and services.
Click here to view our Strategic Plan overview.

Shakopee School District (SSD)

The Shakopee School District (SSD) serves more than 8,000 students in Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, and the Jackson, Louisville, and Sand Creek Townships. Our district is located in one of the fastest growing suburbs just south of the Twin Cities.

Shakopee School District offers a myriad of programs and activities that give our students of all ages, backgrounds and interests the chance to learn, share, explore and expand their knowledge, talents, skills and abilities in academics, arts, athletics, community service, and so much more. Shakopee School District also offers a variety of high potential classes at all grades as well as programs at the high school that can earn students college credits.

The SSD is committed to providing the best opportunities for our students. We are dedicated to helping them excel and achieve their educational goals and teaching them to be good citizens of our community, our nation and our world.

SSD Diversity

SSD is proud to serve a very diverse population of students and families with more than 70 languages and dialects from around the world spoken in our schools. The student population consists of 61% Caucasian, 13% Asian, 13% Hispanic, Latino, 11% Black, African American, and 2% American Indian.

Our Mission:

In partnership with our community, will educate lifelong learners to succeed in a diverse world.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are the current attendance areas changing in the 2020-21 school year?

    Growth patterns within the district over the last nine years have led to a growing difference in the number of students at each of our middle schools. The student count difference between East and West is currently 427 students and projected at more than 400 into the future if attendance areas stay the same. West Middle School is more than 100 students over capacity. East Middle School is about 300 students below capacity. The difference in size of each school presents some challenges in the way our schools operate including: pressure on common areas, challenges in the teaming structure for teachers, and core staffing.

    The current attendance areas for our middle schools (former junior highs) have been in place since the 2011-12 school year. The three elementary schools with the most students (Eagle Creek, Jackson & Sweeney) primarily feed into West Middle School. The two smaller elementary schools (Red Oak & Sun Path) primarily feed into East Middle School.

    For reference, Red Oak and Sun Path were the two largest elementary schools when these attendance areas were originally drawn.

    Will students who attend the same elementary school also attend the same middle school? 

    No. Students are assigned a middle school based on their address; not the elementary school attended.

    Which middle school will open enrollment students attend?

    The current practice of allowing open enrollments where there is capacity will be continued.

    How do I know if I’ll be a walker or a bus rider in the 2020-21 school year?

    Middle School students in grades 6-8 who live one mile or more from their assigned school are eligible for transportation.

    How will the information be communicated to students, parents and the school communities?

    On October 14, 2019, the Shakopee School Board voted to move forward with two attendance area scenarios. The scenarios are being shared with the public to receive input and feedback before the board makes a final decision in December or January. The district will use all its communication tools to give our school communities a chance to give feedback to the scenarios. Information is posted on our website and will be updated as we move forward in the process. Information tables will be at conferences at our elementary and middle schools. There are also two public input meetings scheduled:

      • East Middle School (EMS):  October 29, 2019 6pm-7pm, EMS Media Center
      • West Middle School (WMS):  November 7, 2019 6pm-7pm, WMS Media Center

    How will staff be determined at each middle school?

    The new attendance areas will cause changes in staff assignments. Some of the staff at West Middle School will be moving to East Middle School. As always, staffing is adjusted to reflect the number of students at each school. Staff will be notified of tentative assignments by spring break in March 2020.

    What is the criteria/parameters for middle school attendance areas?

    Draft scenarios and recommendations will be determined using the following criteria/parameters (not listed in a specific order):

    • Walking distance
    • Contiguous as much as possible
    • Similar demographics: Free/Reduced lunch, English Language Learners, Special Education
    • Efficient transportation
    • Building capacity
    • Recognition of proposed growth/developments
    • Other considerations
    • Last 3-5 years (better 5-7 years)

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