District InfoWelcome to the Schools of Eastern Carver County...School District 112
The Eastern Carver County School District (112) serves the communities of Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria, Minnesota. We're located 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis and serve approximately 8900 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Our mission...preparing students to achieve their personal best...reflects our commitment to exceptional, personalizing education in our classrooms. We want to prepare students to be contributing citizens in the 21st Century. Education in our school system is about helping students think critically and make good choices; about helping them understand their world and its cultures; about embracing technology and understanding both its strengths and limitations; about understanding the difference between information and knowledge; and it's about helping our students develop the character and self-confidence to be successful.
Obviously, schools don't take on those challenges alone. We work in partnership with our parents and community to ensure what happens in our schools reflects the priorities and values of our residents.
Kindergarten - Our half-day kindergarten program is located in our Kindergarten Center in Chaska. We also offer a tuition-based all-day kindergarten program in five of our elementary schools. Our kindergarten teachers are early learning specialists who know how to work with the variety of skills and knowledge children bring to kindergarten and prepare them for success in first grade.
Elementary - Seven elementary schools serve grades 1-5; five of our elementary schools also offer a tuition-based all-day kindergarten program. In the fall of 2011, we'll be enhancing an already strong elementary program by introducing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts into our math and science curriculum. We will increase time and focus to cultural connections around the world while laying some groundwork for introducing a world language to elementary students. Some schools will pilot a personalized learning program which allows students to continue learning based on what they are ready for instead of working within artificial boundaries like age and grade. Every elementary school has specialists in art, vocal music, band and physical education. All of our schools use technology as a learning tool. We welcome parent involvement at every school.
Middle School - Three middle schools serve students in grades 6-8. Middle schools recently redesigned their instructional program to better prepare students for success in high school. Students learn in families at each level to ensure they don't get lost in a large school (approximately 700 students in each middle school). We offer the core subjects of math, language arts, science and social studies and other subjects that encourage students to explore emerging interests. Spanish and Chinese instruction begins at the middle level; high school credit is available. We ask a lot of our middle school students because we think they are capable of great things. Our teachers create an atmosphere in which great things can happen.
High School - Two high schools, Chanhassen High and Chaska High, serve students in grades 9-12. Our high school program has been redesigned to offer students a more personal school experience as they prepare for success in college or other post-secondary programs. Students select a Program of Study from four Areas of Interest: Arts and Communication; Global Studies; Health and Human Services; and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Our schools are members of the Missota Conference and offer outstanding opportunities for students in sports, activities, clubs, and more.
Special Education - Our schools serve students with special learning challenges through our special education program. We serve children from birth through age five in our Early Childhood Special Education program as well as young people in the years following high school through age 21 in our STAR program.
Community Education - Our Community Education program provides preschool programs, school-age child care, enrichment classes at all levels, adult classes and more.
If you have questions about the Eastern Carver County Schools, contact us at 952-556-6100.