Independent School District 15 acknowledges and celebrates diversity by serving the needs of all students, staff and families in our community. Understanding diversity begins the process of living in harmony with others.
The Multicultural/Diversity Program includes a School Community Committee which enlists the input and support of students, staff, parents and community members from a variety of perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and ideas to enhance diversity within the school community.
Experience Minnesota: an open house for multicultural student
October 7, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
American Indian UMN Campus Visit Day
October 11, 7:40 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
University of Minnesota
Native American After-school Educational Activity
October 12, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
St. Francis Middle School, FACS Room 204
Republic of Ireland Trip
Tuesday, October 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
St. Francis High School, Room C-204
Data/Trends Emerge in Diversity Study
Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) staff completed a project in which data on multicultural diversity within the school district and surrounding districts was gathered. Carline Sargent, Multicultural/Diversity liaison, and Sara Tramm, data coach, completed an in-depth analysis to establish baseline data, identify trends and work toward meeting the needs of all students in ISD 15. A few highlights of the findings include:
There are 19 unique languages identified as primary home language, including Hmong, Spanish, Ukrainian and Russian
59 percent of multicultural students at St. Francis High School speak a language other than English in their homes
A five-year enrollment trend shows an increase of 3.5 percent in minority students since the 2010-11 school year, with a 2.6 percent increase in the past two years
ISD 15 minority students at Cedar Creek Community School, East Bethel Community School and St. Francis Elementary School are performing well above the state targets for proficiency on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments in both reading and mathematics.
Email Carline Sargent or phone 763-213-1575 with questions.