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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

Multicultural/Diversity Program

St. Francis Area Schools 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.

Program Staff

Carline Sargent
Multicultural/Diversity Liaison

Multicultural/Diversity Group

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.

Get involved! Join the Multicultural and Equity Committee to be a part of improving knowledge and understanding of our diversity within the community. The first meeting will be on Thursday, May 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at St. Francis High School. Contact Carline Sargent at 763-213-1575 or to RSVP.


Festival of Nations 2018 Field Trip
May 4. 9:30-4:30 p.m.
St. Paul RiverCentre

Data/Trends Emerge in Diversity Study

St. Francis Area Schools 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.

View the complete project

Email Carline Sargent or phone 763-213-1575 with questions.

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