Partnering with community organizations in a variety ways to provide additional learning opportunities and services to students.
A community partner is a group or organization who provides services or programming to students within the district.
Partnerships must be a benefit to students. Typically, a benefit will fall into at least one of the following categories:
• Literacy and Numeracy Improvements
• Character Education and Development
• Creative Expression and/or Environmental education
• Career/College Readiness Skills
• Cooperative Learning Skills
• Critical Thinking Skills
• Community/Service Learning
If you are interested in exploring a potential partnership please contact the principal of the school with which you are interested in partnering or the Superintendent's Office (at 651-407-7563 or by email) if you are interested in pursuing a district-wide partnership.
- Business Partnerships
- Century College
- Community Partnerships
- Equity Alliance MN
- Hangzhou Foreign Languages School
- International Exchange Partnerships
- Lakeshore Players
- MacPhail Center for Music
- Tamarack Nature Center
- University of Minnesota
- Vadnais Sports Center
- White Bear Center for the Arts
- White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation
In our continued efforts to improve student learning and opportunities, our secondary schools are working with Century College to improve college readiness and increase concurrent enrollment options. The partnership received a Local Government Innovation Award from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute in 2015.
Otter Lake, Vadnais Heights and Willow Lane Elementary Schools and Central and Sunrise Park Middle Schools partner with Tamarack Nature Center to provide students with experiential learning on environmental issues. Tamarack also serves as a program site for the Early Childhood Program's "My Nature Preschool," which expanded during the 2015-16 academic year.
White Bear schools have been identified as exemplary training sites for future teachers. Through the Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI), the University of Minnesota has designated four district schools as Professional Development Sites and provided additional resources for teachers and students.
The Foundation supports our schools with the help of local businesses, alumni, and community members. The Foundation provides teaching grants, scholarships, fellowships for teachers; an Angel Fund and Closet clothing donation for families with special economic needs; and works closely with the White Bear Lake Area Alumni Association.
Through a partnership with the YMCA, elementary students receive water safety lessons during the school year. Extended Day participants receive summer swimming lessons. The YMCA serves as the home pool for our girls' and boys' swimming and diving teams and as a site for an outreach teen and senior center. The district also partners with the Y on a childcare center at Birch Lake Elementary and on after school tutoring opportunities at district elementary schools.