The District 196 School Board on Monday unanimously approved recommended changes to high school, middle school and elementary school attendance areas to ease current and projected overcrowding at Rosemount High School and Rosemount Middle School by utilizing available space at other district schools.
The recommendations were shared with the community in October, revised based on input to include additional preference for families in the affected areas, and presented as new business at the Nov. 8 board meeting.
Changes approved by the board Dec. 13 take effect with the start of the 2022-23 school year and will be phased in to allow students living in the impacted areas the option to finish out the level at the school they are currently attending. Transportation will be provided through the 2023-24 school year during a two-year phase-in for middle school and through 2025-26 during a four-year phase-in for high school.
IMPORTANT: Families living in the affected areas will now be asked to make enrollment decisions for their middle school and high school aged children for the 2022-23 school year by the Jan. 5 deadline, which was extended from Dec. 15 this year only. Middle schools and high schools need enrollment information to communicate with their families about the course registration process for 2022-23, which will happen in January and February.
ONLY for families living in the areas involved in the attendance-area changes:
Grades 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 – Students currently attending a middle school or high school will continue to remain enrolled at their school in 2022-23 without taking any action. To attend their new attendance-area middle school or high school, families with students in these grades would need to complete the Intradistrict Student Transfer Application form [Español] [Soomaali] (502.4P) and submit it to the district’s Student Information Office by the Jan. 5 deadline.
Grade 8 -- Students will be enrolled at their new attendance-area high school for 2022-23. To exercise their option to attend Rosemount High School, families of 8th grade students would need to complete the Intradistrict Student Transfer Application form [Español] [Soomaali] (502.4P) and submit it to Student Information by Jan. 5.
Grade 5 – Students will be enrolled at their new attendance-area middle school for 2022-23. If a student qualifies for sibling or family preference and wants to attend their current attendance-area middle school, they must complete the Intradistrict Student Transfer Application form [Español] [Soomaali] (502.4P) and submit it to Student Information by Jan. 5.
The approved recommendations include sibling preference for students living in the affected areas to enroll at a school they would be attending at the same time as an older sibling and family preference for students with an older sibling who graduated or who will graduate from Rosemount High. Families with students currently in grades K-7 who do not have a sibling or family preference will be given preference in the intradistrict student transfer process based on enrollment and capacity at the school they are requesting to attend. Open enrollment requests from students living outside the district are due Jan. 15 and will be processed after intradistrict transfer requests.
The Intradistrict Student Transfer Application is a simple form that takes minutes to complete and can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 651-423-7787 or mail to: Student Information Supervisor, Independent School District 196, 3455 153rd St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068. Under Reason for Request, families living in the areas affected by these changes should check the box “Attendance-area adjustment options as authorized by the School Board.” There’s no need to explain the specific preference. Requests will be processed as they are received and will be accepted or denied based on eligibility and preference for families living in the affected areas only, as determined by members of the Student Information Office.
District leaders first started talking about possible attendance-area adjustments in spring 2019 and again in spring 2020, but delayed the process until this fall to focus efforts on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The four high school attendance-area changes move the outermost parts of the Rosemount High attendance area to three other high schools – Apple Valley, Eagan and Eastview. Approximately 600 students will be shifted from Rosemount High to the other three high schools as a result of these changes.
The four middle school attendance-area changes move parts of the Rosemount Middle attendance area to Dakota Hills and Scott Highlands, and parts of the Scott Highlands attendance area to Falcon Ridge and Valley middle schools. Approximately 380 students will be shifted to a different middle school as a result of these changes.
The areas affected by the attendance-area changes include the following:
- All of Inver Grove Heights and a small portion of Eagan currently in the Rosemount High and Rosemount Middle attendance areas move to Dakota Hills Middle and Eagan High. (Area #1 on HS map and MS map)
- The northeast corner of the City of Apple Valley in the Scott Highlands/Rosemount Middle and Rosemount High attendance areas, including the Huntington neighborhood, Valleywood Golf Course and a small portion of the Evermoor neighborhood located in Apple Valley, move to Falcon Ridge Middle and Eastview High. (Area #2 on HS map and part of Area #2 on MS map)
- The remaining portion of the Scott Highlands attendance area north of 140th Street moves to Falcon Ridge and remains Eastview High. (Other part of Area #2 on MS map)
- The southwest corner of the City of Rosemount and northwest corner of Empire Township moves from Rosemount to Scott Highlands Middle and remains Rosemount High. The area is bordered by County Road 42 and 155th St. W. to the north, Highway 3 to the east, Diamond Path to the west and the district border to the south. (Area #3 on MS map)
- The far southwest corner of the Scott Highlands Middle and Rosemount High attendance areas in the City of Lakeville/Valley Park neighborhood moves to Valley Middle School of STEM and Apple Valley High. The area is bordered by County Road 46 to the north, Foliage Avenue to the east, Cedar Avenue to the west and Dodd Road to the south. (Area #4 on HS map and MS map)
- An adjacent area in the southwest corner of the Rosemount High attendance area moves to Eastview High and remains in the Scott Highlands Middle attendance area. It is bordered by County Road 42 to the north, Pilot Knob Road to the east, Galaxie Avenue and Foliage Avenue to the west, and the school district border to the south. (Area #3 on HS map)
The recommendations approved by the board also include one change to elementary that moves a small portion of the Shannon Park Elementary School attendance area located in the City of Apple Valley to Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies. This small triangular area is bordered by Huntington Park to the north, the City of Rosemount to the east and Diamond Path to the west and south. If this change was not made, this would be the only part of Shannon Park attending Falcon Ridge Middle and Eastview High. There are no current Shannon Park students living in this area. The recommendations also provide preference for students in grades 3-5 currently studying Mandarin at Diamond Path Elementary and living in middle school attendance area #2 to enroll at Scott Highlands Middle via intradistrict transfer so they can continue studying Mandarin in middle school.
The attendance-area changes are the first step in a two-step approach to addressing the district’s growing facilities needs. A committee of district and school leaders have been meeting since last spring reviewing needs for additional school space to keep pace with district enrollment that is projected to grow by as many as 2,500 students by the 2029-30 school year. The Facilities Steering Committee is expected to present recommendations to the School Board for consideration early in 2022.