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-
School of Environmental Studies is an elite, public school located in Apple Valley, MN. It has 437 students in grades 11-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 54% 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
54%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1190
9 responses
Average ACT
26
104 responses
AP Enrollment
57%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$83,450
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,119
National
$949
Median Home Value
$218,100
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.8 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Earth Day celebration
    24%
  • Over-nights
    22%
  • Potlucks
    17%
  • Intensive Themes
    17%
  • Urban/Suburban community studies
    7%
  • 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
437
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,171
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 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.16 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.16 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.16 responses
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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.
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I have had the best expirence at the school of environmental studies! It’s a good community with super accepting students and extremely caring teachers. We learn to apply our knowledge by doing papers and hands on projects instead of being tested on how well you remember. The school gives you crazy new expirences you wouldn’t find in other schools that you can carry out with you and remember for the rest of your life.
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.