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About SES

Opened in 1995 as a unique partnership between Independent School District 196, the City of Apple Valley, and the State of Minnesota (Minnesota Zoo) SES is a response to the well-documented need to create smaller, more effective learning communities providing authentic learning experiences.

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Vision of SES

The vision of the School of Environmental Studies is to be a community of leaders learning to enhance the relationship between humans and their environments.

Staff

experienced • motivated • professionals

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Charles Miller

Physics Teacher

Charles Miller saw the difference in the SES approach before meeting any people. Instead of a trophy cabinet there is the…

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Jeremy Bartelt

Music Production Teacher

Jeremy Bartelt began his musical life as a small child studying piano, brass, and vocal music. Through middle school and high…

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Amy Levine

Art and Photography

Amy Levine ~ Discovery and creative expression go hand in hand.  Central to Amy’s teaching is her belief that the Arts…

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Environmental Studies

SES immerses its students in the study of environmental topics and issues working with and often alongside professionals in the field. Students graduate from SES knowing how to learn as well as what to learn and are well prepared for a lifetime of participation and education.

History

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School of Environmental Studies est. 1995

Opened in 1995 as a unique partnership between Independent School District 196, the City of Apple Valley, and the State of Minnesota (Minnesota Zoo), SES is a response to the well-documented need to create smaller, more effective learning communities providing authentic learning experiences.

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SES Renewable Energy Project

windturbine • solar panels

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The SES Renewable Energy Project is another example of how the School of Enviornmental Studies and its partners are able to create meaningful learning experiences for SES students.

This partnership serves the larger community as well by producing power to add to the grid and by creating a space for cummunity members to learn about energy alternatives.

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SES Education Foundation

The SES Education Foundation (SESEF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)community group of volunteers who find many ways to support SES. Established in 1999, the foundation encourages high academic standards, experiential learning, and excellence in teaching by providing scholarships and grants for new and innovative projects that, due to budget limitations, the school is unable to fund. People like you are currently serving on the SESEF Board of Directors.

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