South Washington County – District 833

General Information

School District Name:  South Washington County Schools – ISD 833

School Website:

School Contact:  Barb Brown

Phone Number:  651-425-6209

Email Address:

South Washington County Schools (District 833) is a suburban district located southeast of St. Paul, Minnesota. The district includes all or parts of the communities of Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, and Afton, Denmark and Grey Cloud Island Townships, an area of 84 square miles. The population of the district is approximately 94,000 people, including the 17,700 students who attend district schools.


Superintendent & Director Information

Superintendent of School:  Keith Jacobus, Ph.D.

Assistant Superintendent – Michael Johnson

Assistant Superintendent – Julie Nielsen

Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations – Mike Vogel

Athletic Director:

Director of Special Education:  Kevin Witherspoon

Director of Communications:  Barbara Brown

Director of Technology:  Robert Berkowitz

Director of Teaching and Learning Services:  Matthew Dorschner

Director of Professional Development and Accountability –

 – Brian Boothe

Director of Human Resources – Denise Griffith

Director of Community Education – Bob Lawrence

Director of Finance – Dan Pyan



Facilities Information

Elementary Schools # of Buildings:  15

Elementary Schools # of Students:  7,800

Middle Schools # of Buildings:  4

Middle Schools # of Students:  4,100

High Schools # of Buildings:  3

High Schools # of Students:  5,700

Open Enrollment?  Yes

Student/Staff Ratio

Elementary Schools:

Middle Schools:

High Schools:

Expenditures Per Pupil

Elementary Schools:

Middle Schools:

High Schools:


Buses Available:  Yes


Hot Lunch:  Yes

Breakfast:  Yes

Grading Policies

Elementary Schools:  Letter Grading

Middle Schools:  Letter Grading

High Schools:  Letter Grading

Percentage of Schools Accredited

Elementary Schools:

Middle Schools:

High Schools:

Percentage Staff Degrees

Bachelors:  100%

Masters:  58%

PhD’s:  1%

Certified Staff

Elementary Art:  No

Elementary Phys. Ed.:  Yes

Elementary Music:  Yes

Elementary Media:  Yes

Number of Non-Athletic Extracurricular Activities:  4

Classes Offered

Middle Schools
High School
Marching Band
American Sign Language
Adv. Computers
AP Classes

Ratio of Students to Computers

Elementary Schools:

Middle Schools:

High Schools:

Learning Alternatives:

Percentage of Seniors Who Attended

Community College (2 year):

Vocational or Technical (2 year):

College or University (4 year):

ACT Statistics

Average ACT Score:  24.1

Percentage of Students Taking ACT:

SAT Statistics

Average Math Score:

Average Verbal Score:

Percentage of Students Taking SAT:

National Merit Scholars

National Merit Scholars:

Commended:  22

Finalist:  11


Programs for Gifted & Talented:  Yes

Special Education Programs:  Yes

Other Special Programs Worth Mentioning:


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:  Yes

Intramural Programs Offered: