school of environmental studies

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The School of Environmental Studies (SES) is a magnet High School located in Apple Valley, Minnesota, adjacent to the Minnesota Zoo. It is a choice for students in ISD 196 and accepts open enrollment from the greater Twin Cities area.

General Questions

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Phone: 952-431-8750
Phone: 651-683-6969 (District 196 Voicemail)
email: greatschool@district196.org

Student Services

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SES Phone: 952-431-8750
ISD 196 Phone: 651-683-6969
email: nathan.nelson@district196.org

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School News

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Do you know where your books are?

May 10, 2017

Check your DESTINY account to see the books you have checked out.  Hit the LOGIN button (top right corner), login with…

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Free Audiobooks for Teens

April 18, 2017

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens.  Returning April 27, 2017, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads…

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SES Student Launches Record Label

March 17, 2017

Emily Pauly has launched a record label for District 196 students! Read more about her vision and launch at the Star…

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Upcoming Testing Dates

March 1, 2017

MCA, ACT, and AP exams are coming up. State MCA testing for juniors will be occurring during the week of April…

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Environmental College and Career Fair

February 13, 2017

SES Annual Environmental College and Career Fair The School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, Minnesota will be holding their annual…

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SES Blood Drive

January 27, 2017

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SES Program Applications

January 26, 2017

SES AVID and Mentor programs now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Winter Conferences

January 19, 2017

SES Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences & Field Study Meetings on January 19 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Conferences also on January 24 from…

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Mentor Program Applications

January 18, 2017

The SES Mentor Program strives to give students better awareness of career and college options by providing access to professional leadership…

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SES Mental Health Night

January 12, 2017

SES Mental Health Night is scheduled for Thursday, January 12 from 6:00-8:00. Come join us for pizza and for strategies you…

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3rd Annual “Fund-Raising Voices” Coffeehouse Concert

January 6, 2017

The SES Leadership Class & Club invite you to attend the 3rd annual “Fund-Raising Voices” coffeehouse concert this Friday, January 6,…

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Current Newsletter is Available

December 7, 2016

The current version of the SES newsletter is posted and ready to view. Upcoming and current activities with other news from the…

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SES Population Conference

December 2, 2016

January 4 & 5 are the dates of this year’s population conference at SES! Keynote presentations, student-led sessions and an academic…

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Testing Schedule at SES

November 29, 2016

Here is a listing of the large-scale and AP test dates at SES this year. ACT with Writing:  April 19, 2017 …

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Students at U.N. Climate Conference

November 6, 2016

Five SES students participated in the United Nations COP 22 Climate Conference in Morocco this fall. They represented the school through the SES Educational…

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Applications for the 2017-2018 year

Application forms are being accepted online for the 2017-2018 school year. Consider joining us for the great learning adventures ahead. Applications for our AVID and…

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JuniorCommunity Book Talk

October 3, 2016

Junior Houses will be holding their annual Community Book Talk on  October 25th From 7:00 to 8:30.  Juniors are reading a…

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Senior Pictures Deadline Extended

September 27, 2016

To be included in the yearbook, senior pictures should be submitted to the Jostens website no later than Friday, November 25.  Use the…

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SESEF 5K Fun Run

September 26, 2016

Join us October 1, 2016 for the 2nd annual 5K run. Start time 9:00 AM (registration at 8:00) at the Lebanon…

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Lifetouch Picture Retakes

September 25, 2016

Picture retakes will be on the morning of September 27. Bring the picture package you received last week to the retake session.…

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Overdue Books and Fees

August 8, 2016

SES Students – please check your DESTINY account at the Library Home Page. Click on the LOGIN button (top right corner),…

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Summer Letters

June 14, 2016

Information about summer readings and our August Back to School night can be found in the summer letters. Equipment lists and…

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Graduation Photos and Video

June 10, 2016

Graduation pictures of the 2016 commencement have been uploaded to the Lifetouch web site and are ready for viewing.  Families will receive…

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016

June 3, 2016

The class of 2016 commencement was held outside at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater on a beautiful June 2 evening. Photos from…

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Graduation is Outdoors Tonight!

June 2, 2016

The SES graduation will be held outdoors at 7:00 tonight at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater. Drive through the main entrance to…

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Senior Forum Dates Announced

April 22, 2016

Seniors at the school will be presenting their Senior Forum Capstone presentations on the evenings of May 16,17,18. These short and…

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Senior Party Registration

March 16, 2016

Registration for the Senior All-Night party is underway. The June 2 (night of graduation) party registration form and many more details are…

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ACT Test Schedule

March 8, 2016

SES students must take AP exams at SES and register and pay for the AP exams by March 30. The cost per exam is…

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MCA Math at SES

February 16, 2016

All SES juniors will take the MCA Math exam during the week of April 4 through 8.  This exam, required by…

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SES Prom 2017 Information

February 3, 2016

The SES Prom will be held Friday, May 5 from 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. at the Wabasha Street Caves in…

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Winter Parent Conferences

January 14, 2016

Thursday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 26 from 4:00 – 8:00 SES will be hosting our winter parent-student conferences. Parents and…

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SES AVID accepting applications

January 9, 2016

The SES AVID Program is accepting applications for the 2017/ 2018 school year. This year’s juniors can apply now to be a…

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Online registration

January 8, 2016

In January and February students at SES register for the following year. The online process for the 2016-2017 school year opens…

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Online Registration

In January and February students at SES register for the following year. The online process for the 2016-2017 school year opens…

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AVID Applications

January 7, 2016

AVID at SES is accepting applications for students new to the program on an ongoing basis. The electronic application can be…

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New Student Registration Orientation

January 11, 6pm – 7pm SES will be hosting a registration orientation session on Monday, January 11 from 6 – 7pm.…

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School Calanders

December 18, 2015

A pdf of our print calendar for the academic year can be found here.  In addition to many important dates, it…

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Senior Houses: Thematic Studies 12

Seniors at the School of Environmental Studies examine topics and issues surrounding interactions between humans and environments. Although the previous year’s…

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Registration Orientation

December 16, 2015

January 11, 6pm – 7pm – New Students Only SES will be hosting a registration orientation on Monday January 11 from…

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SES 2016-2017 Applications Open

November 13, 2015

Applications for new students for the 2016-2017 school year are available online. Apply to be a part of a school community that…

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Voters will elect board, decide bond November 3

November 2, 2015

District 196 voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, to elect four School Board members and decide a bond…

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Library Home

October 12, 2015

Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday when classes are in session The Library is located to the west…

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Learning in Academic Houses

August 28, 2015

SES is Divided Into Four Houses The academic house is both the physical and philosophical division of the school into smaller…

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Junior Houses: Thematic Studies 11

Welcome! You have chosen to participate in an exciting adventure this year.  You will be studying in an integrated, interdisciplinary environment. …

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District 196 Bond Referendum- Safe and Successful Schools

August 26, 2015

School district 196 is holding a Bond Referendum Election on November 3, 2015. Detailed information on the referendum can be obtained at the district’s…

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Commonly Requested Forms

August 7, 2015

SES Application:  Potential students can apply online! Useful for Registration: Course Catalog: The complete and current SES course catalog. Junior Registration Worksheet:…

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SES Prom 2015

June 2, 2015

SES Prom 2015 “Caves by Candlelight” will be Friday, May 8 from 8:00 PM-11:30 PM at the Wabasha Street Caves in Saint Paul,…

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Yearbooks

April 30, 2015

SES Yearbooks can be preordered for $50 until April 30, 2017. No orders will be accepted after April 30th, so get your…

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