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SoWashCo Schools is required to put state standards in place and determines how their students will meet the standards and benchmarks by developing courses and curriculum and choosing teaching methods.

What Content Areas have State Academic Standards in Minnesota?

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • The Arts

SoWashCo Schools must develop its own academic standards for:

  • Health
  • World Languages, using current world languages standards developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Career and Technical Education

Early Childhood

Engaging, enriching and personalized experiences for all of our earliest learners, age birth to five.

Early Childhood Screening

Screening in early childhood supports children's readiness for kindergarten and promotes health and development. 


Prekindergarten is for children how are four-years-old one year before starting kindergarten.


Children who are five years old on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to start kindergarten.

1st Grade

Welcome to first grade.

2nd Grade

Welcome to second grade.

3rd Grade

Welcome to third grade.

4th Grade

Welcome to fourth grade

5th Grade

Welcome to fifth grade

Assessments and Grading

Information about state tests and grading policies and procedures

English Learners

Support and resources to help develop a student's English language proficiency. 

Gifted Education

Nurturing the talents and abilities of all SoWashCo students

Special Education

A comprehensive program for students with unique learning needs.