A+
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
    C
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
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
58%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1160
8 responses
Average ACT
26
93 responses
AP Enrollment
57%

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.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Over-nights
    23%
  • Earth Day celebration
    23%
  • Intensive Themes
    18%
  • Potlucks
    15%
  • Urban/Suburban community studies
    8%
  • Halloween
    5%
  • Diversity Day
    5%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
389
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
31%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$12,476/ year
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.15 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses
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The School of Environmental Studies was hands down the best educational experience I've ever had. The teachers care immensely about their students - they are there to help you truly learn the material, rather than give you a bunch of busy work and memorization to regurgitate on an exam. You are expected to do all of your work, but the staff is always there to point you in the right direction and give you the resources and put in the extra time to help you succeed. I learned an incredible amount of skills such as essay writing (creative, scientific, and professional), scientific surveying, lab protocol, and time management. I flew through my first two years of college using the tools I was given at SES. I am eternally grateful for the experiences I had at this school.
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The school of environmental studies is a different style of learning on the Minnesota Zoo campus. Students are able to interact with the environment and learn in a more hands-on, meaningful way than in traditional high schools. The education is more well-rounded and shows students how the concepts they’re learning apply not just to other concepts during the year, but to the student’s themselves. It’s a great experience if a little disorganized and confusing at times, but the chaos is more representative of real life and allows for problem solving when students have to handle challenges presented by confusion and failure. It’s a challenging, hardworking school that helps students grow and gain a better understanding of themselves.
SES offers a very unique educational experience in that students aren't learning everything out of a textbook. Instead, students use the outdoors as their laboratory and classroom; everyone collects their own samples and data, writes their own unique observations, and gets to experience new and unique places.
Additionally, SES offers unique intensive-theme opportunities that range from week-long art classes to field studies all the way across the world.