- Ten elementary schools for students in grades K-5
- Two middle schools for grades 6-8 (Sandburg Middle will reopen fall 2017)
- Two high schools for grades 9-12, both named as two of America's Best High Schools by The Washington Post and Newsweek
- Rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement offerings
- K-8 Spanish Immersion
- K-5 School of Engineering and Arts (SEA), a science, technology, engineering arts and mathematics magnet school
- FAIR Arts Integration School available for K-1, 4-8 (expanding to K-8 by 2020)
- Middle School STEM magnet program
- Choices for alternative learning: Highview Alternative Program, for students who have left a traditional high school program, but have the commitment and desire to graduate and further their future, and the Adult Academic ALC alternative high school, for those wishing to come back to school to obtain their GED and other academic programming
Focused on Academic Excellence
We are committed to graduating students who are ready for college and career. We continue to have students who are named National Merit Finalists and Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars for high performance on college-level exams. Robbinsdale Armstrong High School is home to the Advanced Placement program, and in 2011, Robbinsdale Area Schools was named to the National AP Achievement List for increasing both the percentage of students taking AP tests and increasing the number of high scores on those tests. Robbinsdale Area Schools was one of only 388 districts nationwide to receive such a prestigious award.
According to the 2014 Minnesota SLED database, 72 percent of all Robbinsdale Area Schools students attend college, compared to a state average of 69 percent (Cooper: 78 percent; Armstrong: 82 percent).
High schools offer more than 180 courses, 20 Advanced Placement (AP) classes and 75 activities. Robbinsdale Area Schools is home to a fully-authorized, K-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, a challenging academic program that is recognized and practiced worldwide. Robbinsdale Cooper High School is one of ten high schools in Minnesota offering the challenging IB program and Robbinsdale Middle School offered the first authorized IB Middle Years Programme in the state; more than 600 students are enrolled district-wide. Both schools are aligned with Lakeview Elementary School, a fully authorized Primary Years Programme (PYP) school in the International Baccelaureate continuum. In all of our schools, programs for special education and gifted and talented students are also available at all grade levels.
Robbinsdale Area Schools also offer Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programming in both of our middle schools and both of our high schools. This program accelerates student learning, uses research-based methods of effective instruction, raises expectations of students, and puts in place a system of supports that help students succeed.
Enrichment and focus on a well-rounded education
Arts education is emphasized for all ages, and we are proud of our reputation for award-winning programs in drama, music and fine arts. More than 5,000 of our students participate in choir, band and orchestra. Robbinsdale Area Schools developed discipline-based arts education that is now used nationally. District music students perform annually at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and at prestigious locations around the world. We are the first school district in the nation to receive the Medallion Award from the Children's Theatre Foundation for exceptional contributions to K-12 theatre, and our school board received the 2002 Arts Education Leadership Award from the Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education for its commitment to arts education for students. As well, we have been named one of the 100 Best Communities for Music Education in America.
Athletics and extra-curricular activities are also an important part of student life in Robbinsdale Area Schools. Our district offers a full selection of athletics for girls and boys. In addition, students may participate in more than 30 extracurricular activities, including chess club, yearbook, Math Masters, Destination ImagiNation and many other creative and academic enrichment opportunities.
Partners with Community
Robbinsdale Area Schools offers a comprehensive community education program that serves residents from birth through retirement and includes an early childhood family center, family resource center, senior services, adult academic programs and enrichment classes. Whether it is parenting classes, enrichment programs, English classes for new immigrants or G.E.D courses, thousands of district residents are engaged in lifelong learning in Robbinsdale Area Schools.