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. 

AVID

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is nationally recognized. AVID’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society. AVID accelerates student learning using evidence-based instructional practices, provides meaningful professional learning for teachers, and acts as a catalyst for systemic change schoolwide. 

BARR

BARR (Building Assets, Reducing Risks) schools focus on building relationships with students to help better understand where they need support to succeed. As a BARR District, all schools in the White Bear Lake Area School District follow the BARR model.

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.

Research, Evaluation & Assessment

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. 

Special Education

A comprehensive program is available for students with disabilities from birth through age 22. 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.

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.


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.