White Bear Lake – 624

School District

624 –
White Bear Lake

School Website

http://www.whitebear.k12.mn.us

School Contact

Susan
Brott

 

651-407-7695

 

 

Leading minds to learning,
Hearts to compassion,
and Lives to community servic
e.

*************** District 624 Mission
District 624 strives to provide a high-quality educational experience for all learners. To accomplish our mission we believe that a high-quality educational experience must:

  • be in partnership with the community;
  • take place in a safe, supportive, and challenging environment;
  • develop lifelong learners;
  • allow each learner to reach full potential; and
  • encourage each learner to be a contributing member of a global society.

*************** District 624 Goals
Like a kite, all points of the structure must be working together.
If one corner is not in coordination with the others, the wind will not catch it. Similarly, if one does not hold tightly to the string, the kite vanishes …
Thus, in order for the White Bear Lake Area Schools to soar to new heights, w
we need to stay grounded in our commitment to the goals,
with each focus area working with one another.

The White Bear Lake Area Schools serve all or parts of Birchwood, Gem Lake, Hugo, Little Canada, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Township, with eight elementary schools (K-5), two middle schools (6-8), a two-campus high school (9-12), an Area Learning Center, and an education center housing early childhood and senior programs. The school district, with a total population of approximately 50,000 residents, services approximately 9,200 students K-12.

Elementaries focus on basic-skills through innovative instruction, including a renowned mathematics curriculum. Parents choose between traditional and alternative classroom settings. A gifted program is offered for students demonstrating exceptional ability in communications and mathematics. School-aged childcare is available before and after school.

Middle schools take traditional studies into challenging new areas through inter-disciplinary teaching teams, providing a smooth transition from the elementary to high school classroom. Advanced classes are offered in select disciplines.

The high school operates on a block schedule, offering numerous opportunities to prepare students for post-secondary plans. College in the Schools and Advanced Placement courses offer students introductory-level college coursework.

The district offers many extra-curricular activities, providing students opportunities to excel outside the classroom. The district’s exceptional youth development program has gained both state and national attention for its focus on student leadership and community service.

A comprehensive special education department, including a recognized autism program, supplements learning whenever needed. The district also participates in a special education cooperative district, which services students with special needs.

The district is committed to offering curriculum and instruction rooted in best practice research and based on current data. Staff development and teacher training remain top priorities in the district to insure student success at all levels. The district’s Educational Foundation also supports instruction by proving grants for innovative teaching projects and awarding numerous student scholarships.

The White Bear Lake Area Schools enjoy the atmosphere of a close-knit community with the learning opportunities of a major metropolitan center. The district is proud of its reputation for excellence in every part of a student’s career as well in its commitment to professional and staff development.

Title

Name

Phone

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Ted Blaesing

651-407-7562

Guidance Services

Ms. Linda Cherek

651-773-6222

Special Education Services

Dr. Barbara Burke

651-407-7553

Director of Fine Arts

Ms. Cindy Moore

651-407-7569

Athletic Director

Mr. Bob Jackson

651-773-6208

General Information

Community Services

651-407-7500

Magnet Program

Ms. Cindy Moore

651-407-7569

Gifted and Talented Director

Ms. Madelyne Benson

651-407-7573

Computer Education Director

Mr. Pete Loillcoxon, Jr.

651-407-7528

Curriculum

Ms. Cindy Moore

651-407-7569

High School Guidance

Mr. Colin Callister

651-773-6226

High School Special Ed.

Ms. Mary Fox

651-773-6258

High School Fine Arts

Mr. Lou Ferreri

651-773-6200

High School Athletics

Mr. Bob Jackson

651-773-6208

High School Information

Ms. Audrey Buss

651-773-6204

High School Computer Ed.

Ms. Theresa Saxe

651-773-6200

 

 

Facilities:

Elementary Schools

No.Buildings:8

No. Students:3,598

Middle Schools

No.Buildings:2

No. Students: 1.989

High Schools

No.Buildings:1

No. Students:2,925

Open Enrollment

Yes 

 

 

Student Staff
Ratio:

 

Elementary Schools

26

Middle Schools

33

High Schools

32

 

 

Expenditures Per
Pupil:

 

Elementary Schools

$8,805

Middle Schools

$8,805

High Schools

$8,805

 

 

Transportation:

 

Bus Available:

Yes

 

 

Hot Lunch:

 

Hot Lunch Available:

Yes

 

 

Grading Policies

 

Elementary Schools

Letter

Middle Schools

Letter

High Schools

Letter

 

 

Percentage of
Schools Accredited

 

Elementary Schools

 

Middle Schools

 

High Schools

 

 

 

 

Percentage Staff
Degrees:

 

Bachelors:

42%

Masters:

58%

PhD’s:

N/A

 

 

Certified Staff

 

Elementary

 

Elem Art:

No

Elem Phys. Ed:

Yes

Elem Music:

Yes

Elem Media:

Yes

 

 

Number of
Non-Athletic Extracurricular Activities: 
17

 

 

Classes Offered:

 

Middle School:

 

Band:

Yes

 

 

Choir:

Yes

 

Orchestra:

No 

French:

No 

Spanish:

No 

German:

No 

Adv.
Computers:

No 

 

 

High School:

 

Band:

Yes 

Choir: 

Yes

Orchestra:

No 

French:

Yes

Spanish:

Yes

German:

Yes

Adv. Computers

Yes

Adv.
Calculus:

Yes

 

 

 

Ratio Students to
Computers:

 

Elementary Schools

5:1

Middle Schools

24:1

High Schools

N/A

Learning
Alternatives

 

 

 

Percentage of
Seniors who went to:

 

Community College

2 Year

25%

Vocational or Tech

2 Year

25%

College or
University

4 Year

60%

* Combined

 

ACT Statistics:

 

Average ACT Scores

217

Percentage of
Students taking ACT

74%

 

 

SAT Statistics:

 

Average Math Score

569

Average Verbal Score

569

Percentage of
Students taking SAT

15%

 

 

National Merit
Scholars:

1

Commended

2

Finalist

1

 

 

Programs for
Gifted and Talented:

Yes

Special Education Programs:

N/A

 

 

Athletics:

Baseball

Boy 

Basketball

Boy/Girl

Football

Boy 

Ice Hockey

Boy/Girl

Downhill Skiing

Boy/Girl

CC Skiing

Boy/Girl

Tennis

Boy

Golf

Boy/Girl

Softball

Girl

Sync Swimming

N/A

Dance

Girl

Swimming

Girl

Wrestling

Boy  

Volleyball

Girl

Track

Boy/Girl

CC Running

Boy/Girl

Gymnastics

Girl

Soccer

Boy/Girl

 

 

Broomball

N/A

 

 

Dance Team

N/A

 

 

Badminton

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intramural
Programs:

Community
Service Programs

Baseball

Boy/Girl

Soccer

Boy/Girl

Basketball

Boy

Softball

Girl

Lacrosse

N/A

Touch Football  

Boy/Girl

 

Other:

Adaptive
sports for special needs students

Adaptive co-ed soccer, hockey and softball

 

 

 

 

Special Programs
worth mentioning: