Award Year: 2018

School of Engineering and Arts

1751 Kelly Drive
Golden Valley, MN, 55427-4117

(763) 504-7200

Dr. Heather Hanson, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Robbinsdale

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Mission

To provide a stimulating and engaging atmosphere that fosters all students' innate curiosity and joy of discovery to achieve high levels of success.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 14%
  • White: 63%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 48%
Application
Students test products created using the engineering design model.

Students test products created using the engineering design model.

At the School of Engineering and Arts, we are rooted in the STEAM (science-technology-engineering-arts-math) philosophy providing our students with a stimulating and engaging atmosphere that fosters students' innate curiosity and joy of discovery to achieve high levels of success. We operate with two constant queries in mind, "What if?" and "How are we different?" When we opened our doors in 2012, we set out to create a community that broke the traditional educational paradigm, yet had to fit within the established boundaries for a public school. Today, we can proudly say these queries have helped to establish a school full of risk takers, problem solvers, and critical thinkers. We strive daily to engage one another in the typical teacher to student and inversely student to teacher connection, but also uniquely the student to student, teacher to teacher, and school to community connections.

Our school traditions, not just the curriculum, are built on the foundation of inquiry and hands-on learning. We pride ourselves on creating an environment of independent, yet collaborative, innovators. We foster our student's natural curiosity and celebrate wonders in our student-driven classrooms, where student voice is more prevalent than the one teacher voice. We do not work, learn or teach subjects within silos, hence, our daily goal is intentional instructional integration utilizing the state standards as our guide in every aspect of learning. Our students learn at an early age the importance of observation utilizing all senses and how to craft questions that answer a deeper "why".