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Working together to build a better community

Welcome to Independent School District 196, the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools. Each day, the 4,000 employees of District 196 strive to achieve our mission of educating our students to reach their full potential.

Valley Middle School of STEM is part of a public school district with high academic standards and expectations, and a record of outstanding student achievement both in and out of the classroom. Our students consistently earn large numbers of scholarships, as well as state and national awards in a variety of curricular and cocurricular areas including science, literature, mathematics, student publications, speech and debate, world languages, athletics, music and the arts.

District 196 is committed to the idea of lifelong learning. In addition to our comprehensive K-12 program, our district serves our community residents of all ages – from infants to senior citizens – through Community Education programs that range from early childhood to adult education to programs for senior adults.

District 196 offers many ways for the community to get involved! We have volunteer opportunities throughout our schools, a foundation that seeks to raise funds to support our programs, and businesses and organizations that partner with us to help us accomplish our goals.

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OUR Partners

Valley Middle School of STEM partners with businesses and organizations that increase student achievement and engage our community.

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District 196 Foundation

The District 196 Foundation raises funds from individuals and organizations to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students.

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District 196 offers many challenging careers with opportunities for growth and advancement. The district offers competitive pay and benefits, a variety of flexible work schedules and an exciting work atmosphere where you can make a difference!