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At our core
The White Bear Lake Area School District builds quality lives and
strong communities through core values of compassion, integrity, respect,
responsibility and service.
The mission of the White Bear Lake Area School District, the community at the forefront of educational excellence, honoring our legacy and courageously building the future, is to ensure each student realizes their unique talents and abilities, and makes meaningful contributions with local and global impact through a vital system distinguished by:
A special lunch
- Students who design and create their own future
- Diversity of people and ideas
- Safe, nurturing and inspiring environments
- Exceptional staff and families committed to student success
- Abundant and engaged community partners
Willow Lane Elementary students have served lunch to Governor Dayton and other prominent individuals during their annual "Donatelli's Takeover" experience.
Otter Lake Elementary and the Early Childhood Program partner with Tamarack Nature Center to provide students with experiential learning on environmental issues throughout the school year. Other district schools also partner with Tamarack on various initiatives.
Vadnais Heights Elementary worked with Tamarack Nature Center to create a 7-acre forest and wetland area "Bears Backyard" behind the school.
The WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) program and C.A.M.P. (Cross-Age Mentoring Program) help students with transitions from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school.
The District has a AA bond rating, which we have received from Standard and Poor's every year the district has applied since 2010.
Centered on art
Every elementary student receives six art experiences through a partnership with the White Bear Center for the Arts. The partnership has received a Local Government Innovation Award from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute.
In the water
District elementary students receive water safety lessons during the school year at the White Bear Lake Area Schools YMCA Aquatic Center.
Our school community
District 624 serves the communities of Birchwood, Gem Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Little Canada, Maplewood, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Township.
Music to my ears
Birch Lake Elementary partners with MacPhail Center for Music to offer an enhanced music program to the school's students - piano and strings. Additional after-school and weekend music lessons opportunities are offered to the whole community.
The District's involvement in Equity Alliance MN offers inter-district partnerships and support for student and educators. The partnership coordinates student and educator programs.
College credit courses
White Bear Lake Area High School students have the opportunity to earn more than 40 college-level courses and earned a total value of $2.4 million at University of Minnesota tuition rates last year.
In the spotlight
White Bear Lake Area High School's theatre program is consistently recognized in the prestigious Hennepin Theatre Trust's SpotLight Awards program.
White Bear Lake Area Schools partners with China's Hangzhou Foreign Languages School for teacher and cultural exchanges, as well as schools in France and Germany.
The District serves area senior citizens through initiatives such as the Meals on Wheels, the Superintendent's "Senior Activities Pass" program, and the Senior Program.
World language experiences in Spanish or Chinese are offered at each elementary school. Students in the middle school can study Chinese, French, German or Spanish. High school course offerings include high school and College in the Schools levels of American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, French, German and Spanish.
WBLAS has received Excellence in Financial Reporting awards from both the Association of School Business Officials and the Government Finance Officer's Association for 17 consecutive years. These are the highest forms of recognition in this area.
Fifth and sixth graders may participate in a district-wide orchestra program that will expand in future years.
The total value of credits earned by WBLAHS students in College in the Schools (CIS), Advanced Placement (AP), Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) courses last year was $2.4 million at University of Minnesota tuition rates.
The middle schools and high school offered courses through Project Lead the Way, a rigorous, innovative program focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Matoska International offers an elementary International Baccalaureate program.
Rising to the challenge
55% of our middle school students took advanced or enriched courses. Two-thirds of the members of the Class of 2016 were enrolled in at least one college course during their senior year.
Our supportive community passed a local operating levy renewal with a 73% to 27% margin in November 2011. A Capital Projects Levy increase passed with a margin of 61% to 39% in 2013. In the fall of 2017, the community approved a local operating levy renewal with 80% in favor.
In addition to English, students in our district speak approximately 50 home languages.
White Bear Lake Area Schools serves more than 8,700 students age birth through Transition Plus, a Special Education program for students through age 21.
During the 2017-18 academic year, more than 200 participants were involved with the updated Strategic Planning process. The School Board accepted the new plan in the spring of 2018. Strategic Planning work continues at the district and school/program levels.
At every level, innovative technologies improve communications with families and strengthen student engagement, personalizing and accelerating learning.
Elementary world language
Each of our elementary schools offers a world language for grades K-5. Lincoln and Vadnais Heights Elementary offer Chinese and all other district elementary schools offer Spanish.
All of our Early Childhood Programs for children birth through age five have a Parent Aware rating of 4 stars, the highest possible rating.
The White Bear Lake Area School District works in partnership with a variety of community organizations to expand student opportunities while efficiently deploying community resources.