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White Bear Lake Area Schools
4855 Bloom Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-7500

Did You Know...

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.

Mission critical 
The mission of the White Bear Lake Area School District, a leader in innovative education and community partnerships, is to ensure our students:
  • develop a love for learning,
  • excel academically,
  • are inspired to realize their dreams, and
  • become engaged citizens with a global understanding
by challenging each student within a dynamic, respectful and inclusive environment that nurtures the unique talents and abilities of every student.

A special lunch
Willow Lane Elementary students have served lunch to Governor Dayton during their annual "Donatelli's Takeover" experience.

Going green
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.

Outdoor classroom
Vadnais Heights Elementary worked with Tamarack Nature Center to create a 7-acre forest and wetland area "Bears Backyard" behind the school.

Student support
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.

AA rating
The District was awarded a AA bond rating from Standard and Poor's in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and again in 2015. 

Centered on art
Every elementary student receives six art lessons 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
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.

Cultural resources
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 30 college-level courses and earned a total value of $2.1 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.

International partners
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.

Senior support
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 languages
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.

Financial excellence
WBLAS has received Excellence in Financial Reporting awards from both the Association of School Business Officials and the Government Finance Officer's Association for 16 consecutive years. These are the highest forms of recognition in this area.

Orchestra
Fifth and sixth graders may participate in a district-wide orchestra program that will expand in future years.

$2.1 million
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 $2.1 million at University of Minnesota tuition rates.

STEM initiatives
The middle schools and high school offered courses through Project Lead the Way, a rigorous, innovative program focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

International Baccalaureate
Central and Sunrise Park Middle Schools are International Baccalaureate IB World Schools for the Middle Years Program (MYP). Matoska International offers an elementary IB 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.

Community support
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.

Home languages
In addition to English, students in our district speak 56 home languages.

Serving students
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.

Strategic moves
Engaged community members and staff helped the district formulate a strategic plan in 2010-11. Implementation of the initiatives continues today.

Technology
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.

4 stars
Our Early Childhood Programs for children birth through age five have a Parent Aware rating of 4 stars, the highest possible rating.

Expanding opportunities
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.