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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
School of Environmental Studies is a highly rated, public school located in Apple Valley, MN. It has 419 students in grades 11-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math.
Address
12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Telephone
(952) 431-8750

School of Environmental Studies Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1180
8 responses
Average ACT
26
141 responses
AP Enrollment
62%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$84,756
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,117
National
$949
Median Home Value
$262,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Earth Day celebration
    23%
  • Over-nights
    21%
  • Intensive Themes
    19%
  • Potlucks
    17%
  • Urban/Suburban community studies
    6%
  • Diversity Day
    4%
  • Halloween
    4%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
419
Free or Reduced Lunch
15%
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,025
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.4%
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,809/ year
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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SES if FAR better than my original high school. I feel like I'm learning things that I can and will actually use later in life. We do lot's of things differently, but I love it. The teachers understand that not everybody is good at standardized tests, so we don't take them. They understand that getting lectured to all day can just lead to bored students who don't pay attention, so we do lots of activities, often outside. Because it's such a small school, your teachers really get to know you, and they actually care about how well you're doing, and not just academically. They could, however, work on communicating with the students about changes that are being planned and giving them a voice in the decisions. I really wish it was a four year school because two didn't feel like enough. I'm going to miss it.
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SES is easily one of the most unique and well-staffed educational bodies in the United States. It enrolls only high school juniors and seniors, which increases the amount of personal interaction between staff and students effectively, as well as maintains a more highly developed and mature atmosphere. A large portion of the students' time is dedicated to projects and writings completed through their "House" class, which covers the Science, English, and Social Studies credits. SES does not employ tests in their curriculum-- instead, the student is assigned research-based or creative projects that they are given early in the year, with deadlines that they are expected to keep track of and be responsible for on their own. The amount of freedom and responsibility is similar to an early college environment, and is exceptional at developing time management, planning, resource utilization and creative skills. Extracurricular activities can still be completed at a student’s home high school.
I love The School of Environmental studies. The teacher's do a fantastic job at connecting the natural world to the student's education and allow them many opportunities to expand their knowledge by using the world as their classroom. Their involvement in the community helps students learn how to create connects to people and prepares them for the future. The education is fairly independent, with support from teachers, that prepares students for college.