Welcome to District 622! We are proud to serve 10,528 diverse learners from seven communities within the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
As we head back to school, we are proud to be designing a new future for our learners. Thanks to the support of our taxpayers, we passed our referendum last fall to support to our learners in four key areas: 1) maintain class sizes, 2) support struggling learners through interventions, 3) increase school safety including locked entrances with receptionists at all sites, behavior intervention staff, new cameras at all sites and more, and 4) build additional accelerated learning opportunities such as math enrichment and high school pathways. We are truly grateful for the generosity of our community!
District 622 has maintained class sizes while also providing a variety of learning opportunities to our students. District 622 is well known in the east metro for its competitive early college opportunities. Through programs such as PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options) or CIS (College in the Schools), last year, our high school students earned 2,676 college credits while still in high school! These programs saved our families upwards of $1.6 million in college tuition costs. We are excited to continue these offerings while developing more online course options for our students.
We are able to offer support to all learners with expansion of successful programs like AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). AVID seeks to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college and success in the future. In recent years, District 622 has expanded the AVID college readiness program to all five secondary schools. John Glenn Middle School is now a national demonstration school serving as an example for schools across the country. Additionally, 622 students develop their leadership skills via academic programs like DECA and BPA, and through activities such as Student Council, National Honor Society, Link Crew and Relay for Life among others.
In addition to increasing school safety by creating locked entrances staffed by receptionists, adding new cameras, and other safety features, 622 is also working to become more energy efficient. A partnership with the City of North St. Paul has resulted in solar panels next to the DEC. A legislative initiative to improvements to the structure and lighting at Polar Arena. Next up, we will be evaluating our facilities to plan how we can better meet the needs of our learners.
Finally, District 622 is proud to be building a new program called “Route 622” which will establish college and technical career pathways for our high schools. While many career courses currently exist, expanded opportunities in career pathways will launch in the fall of 2018. Please watch for more news and information about this exciting addition to our high school programming.
I invite you to keep an eye on the innovative plans underway in 622. The ongoing support of our community is key to the success of our students.
Thanks to your investment in our district, we are able to move forward secure in the knowledge that our community values the education of our students.
Christine Tucci Osorio