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Magnet School Spotlight: Birch Grove School for the Arts and Weaver Lake: A Science, Math & Technology School

Magnet School Spotlight: Birch Grove School for the Arts and Weaver Lake: A Science, Math & Technology School
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As the Dec. 31, 2023, first lottery application deadline approaches, parents/caregivers are encouraged to explore the district's exceptional magnet school options. These schools provide a tailored curriculum focusing on specific areas of interest, such as science, technology, and the arts.

This week’s Magnet School Spotlight is on Birch Grove School for the Arts and Weaver Lake: A Science, Math & Technology School. These specialty schools share a commitment to delivering a specialized and enriching educational experience, prioritizing hands-on learning that extends beyond the traditional classroom. Both schools have received numerous awards over the years, including recognition as Magnet Schools of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America in recent years.

Birch Grove School for the Arts integrates arts education and core concepts throughout each grade level’s curriculum, providing scholars a strong academic foundation to explore their passion for the arts daily. At Birch Grove, scholars experience concepts rather than just discussing or reading about them. The study of the arts has been linked to scholars' increased critical and creative thinking skills, self-esteem, willingness to take risks, and ability to work with others. With a commitment to a well-rounded arts education, Birch Grove prepares students for a future enriched with self-expression and artistic exploration. Learn more about Birch Grove at bg.district279.org.

Weaver Lake: A Science, Math & Technology School boasts a nationally-certified magnet program that incorporates STEM concepts into every subject area. Through inquiry-based, hands-on activities, students engage in real-world investigations, fostering a love for science, technology, engineering, and math. Beyond the classroom, Weaver Lake extends learning to outdoor classrooms, a student-planted prairie, and partnerships with organizations like the Bell Museum and the University of Minnesota. Weaver Lake offers a comprehensive STEM education that prepares students for a future of innovation and discovery. Learn more about Weaver Lake at wvr.district279.org.

Explore the excitement and innovation of these or any of our magnet schools firsthand. Contact your school of choice to schedule an in-person school tour. 

  • Birch Grove School for the Arts - 763-561-1374
  • Brooklyn Middle STEAM School - 763-569-7700
  • Osseo Senior High School (Health and Science Magnet Program) - 763-391-8500
  • Park Center Senior High School: An IB World School - 763-569-7600
  • Weaver Lake: A Science, Math & Technology School - 763-420-3337
  • Zanewood Community: A STEAM School - 763-561-9077

Ready to apply? Applications can be submitted through the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) website, nws.k12.mn.us/magnet-lottery.html.