Secondary schools in the White Bear Lake Area School District include grades 6-12. The district has two middle schools, an Area Learning Center, and one senior high school with grades 9-10 at the North Campus and grades 11-12 at the South Campus.
Students are eligible to be enrolled in the White Bear Lake Area Public Schools if their legal address is within the boundaries of the school district. (Open enrollment information is available by calling the Office of Teaching and Learning.)
For more information about secondary schools and their curricula, call the Office of Teaching and Learning at (651) 407-7568.
The mission of the White Bear Lake Area School District's Middle Schools is to challenge our students to become:
- inquiring, lifelong learners with the skills to succeed in the interconnected world of the 21st century
- engaged citizens who take action in their local, national, and global communities
- compassionate, respectful, and persevering young people
We strive to achieve this mission through a rigorous curriculum and within a caring environment that supports students' academic, social, and emotional needs.
The middle schools are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and they are authorized International Baccalaureate World Schools.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme helps students gain the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes that they need to be successful in high school and beyond. Through a balanced curriculum in 8 subject areas, students are challenged to see the connections between different subjects and to see how what they are learning is connected to them, their local community, their country, and other parts of the world. The subject areas include:
- Language & Literature (English)
- Individuals & Societies (history, geography, etc.)
- Arts (music and visual arts)
- Language Acquisition (Chinese, German, French, Spanish, and English for English Learners)
- Physical and Health Education
- Design (Project Lead the Way pre-engineering courses; Family & Consumer Sciences, etc.)
Our balanced and rigorous high school curriculum prepares students in grades 9-12 for success in the work force and/or post-secondary education.
The district offers a wide variety of required and elective courses for high school students. The areas offered to students in grades 9-12 include:
- AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
- Business and Marketing
- English Learner (EL) Program
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Language Arts
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- Technology Education
- World Languages
To support our mission of preparing students for success beyond high school, the district has developed career pathway opportunities. Our first career pathway in manufacturing launched in 2015. Information Technology (IT) and construction pathways will begin in 2016. These pathway programs allow students to take one or two courses or a series of courses and include opportunities for job shadowing, industry site visits, and credentials or certifications recognized in the field. The career pathway courses are appropriate for students looking to continue their education at a two or four-year post-secondary institution and/or for students who are looking to enter the work force after high school.
Students who wish to earn college credits for course work completed in high school may participate in advanced placement classes in a variety of areas. (See the Gifted Services page for a list of AP courses offered.) Advanced placement credit is available every year to students who are interested in earning college credit by taking these courses and passing a qualifying examination.
The district also offers introductory level College in the Schools courses through the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University Mankato and Project Lead the Way pre-engineering coursework. These courses also offer students the opportunity to earn college credits. We anticipate offering courses for credit through Century College starting in the fall of 2016, as well.
Eleventh and twelfth grade students may participate in vocational programs at Northeast Metropolitan Technical College located in the White Bear Lake Area. We have a close working relationship with the 3M Company and a number of companies in the area offer internships to seniors in selected business career areas.
The high school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Read the White Bear Lake Area High School Profile Report.