Academics

Leading Minds to Learning, Hearts to Compassion, and Lives to Community Service

Ensuring each student realizes their unique talents and abilities, and makes meaningful contributions with local and global impact. 

On July 30, Governor Walz announced a framework that allows local school districts to determine how they will begin the 2020-21 school year based on COVID-19 case data by county. On Friday, August 7 the School Board approved a Fall 2020 Return to School Plan, during a School Board Special Work Session. See the district presentation and meeting recording

White Bear Lake Area Schools will be offering a Hybrid Learning Model for all students K-12+. A Distance Learning Model will also be available for all families who choose that as an option. Regardless of which learning model a family chooses for its student(s), we are committed to providing an engaging, equitable and quality learning experience for each student.

Specific plans regarding transportation, health and safety guidelines and the learning models are outlined in the Fall 2020 Return to School Guide.

Fall 2020 Return to School Guide

District plans will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

Annual Report

The District’s Annual Update, mailed to all district residents each year, provides a snapshot of the District, including student achievement, school climate, student awards, innovation, finance, District profile, School Board and partnerships.

Assessment & Achievements

The district continually reviews what students are taught and how they are taught. Student performance, as shown by a variety of assessment results, guides the district in deciding what needs to be done so that all students can be successful. 

AVID

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is a nationally recognized approach to ensuring all students are successful in a rigorous curriculum, closing the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness and success.

Gifted Services

The District offers gifted services for students in grades K-12. The purpose of the program is to provide a differentiated, enriched, academic environment that enables each student to reach their full potential.

Special Education

A comprehensive program is available for students with disabilities from birth through age 21. Services facilitate each student reaching their potential through partnerships that promote life-long learning, independence and self-advocacy.

World's Best Workforce

Under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11, school boards are to adopt a long-term, comprehensive strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning. The World's Best Workforce plan highlights work from our comprehensive strategic plan.


The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently authorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, is a federal legislation that promotes student achievement through school and district reform. Under ESSA, state academic standards are in place indicating what a child should know and learn at each grade level in math, science, social studies, physical education and reading/language arts. In addition, Minnesota standards for English language development are the current standards developed by World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium.