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Building a Foundation for Lifelong Success

District 196 has 14 elementary schools and five elementary magnet schools that serve children in kindergarten through fifth grade. We also have a K-12 special education school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (Dakota Ridge).

Elementary school is an exciting time for young learners who are exploring new curriculum and building their knowledge of core subjects areas. At the same time, teachers are working alongside students to grow their social-emotional intelligence. These caring educators are dedicated to providing students with supportive learning environments and engaging, innovative educational experiences that allow them to explore the outer limits of their vast potential. 

School Hours for the 2023-24 School Year

Elementary Schools

  • Early Start Schools (Pinewood, Southview, Highland and Deerwood): 7:45 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.
  • Late Start Schools (all others): 9:30 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.


Jeremy Sorenson,
Director of Elementary Education



Elementary Learning

The core curriculum for elementary-aged students is grounded in Minnesota state standards with a focus on math, science, social studies and English-language arts/literacy. The language arts curriculum encompasses the areas of literature, informative texts, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, media literacy and language skills. Integrated units of study contain both literature units and informational text units.

Literature units include a community unit (character development); author unit, and illustrator unit. The informational text units integrate nonfiction reading with science and social studies content, allowing students to conduct thoughtful research that includes reading, writing and publishing their findings. The math curriculum emphasizes key state benchmarks for each trimester as students work toward mastery.

Curriculum for specialist areas beyond the core classroom is also aligned to state and national standards.

Core Curriculum

Specialist Curriculum

Report Cards