school of environmental studies

General Information

While our school enjoys a unique setting and curriculum on the grounds of the Minnesota Zoo and near Lebannon Hills Region Park, it is part of Independent School District 196. Students can choose to attend the school for their junior and senior years.

School Hours

Regular School Day Hours

Building Open

Office Hours

Attendance Line

Phone: 952-431-8750

When a student will be absent, a parent or guardian will need to call the SES attendance office before 10:00 am each day the student misses school. When placing the call be prepared to give the following information:
•Parent or guardian name and the relationship to the student.
•Name of the student and current grade.
•Reason for absence.


12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Road • Apple Valley, MN 55124

General Questions

Press inquiries • Public relations • General assistance

Phone: 952-431-8750

Enrollment Questions

Prospective students and parents

Many common answers can be found on our prospective students and parents pages

Phone: 952-431-8750

Attendance Line

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Phone: 952-431-8750

email: NOTE: all absences need to be called in at the number above. Please use email for questions about attendance only.

Testing Schedule

This year's large scale tests

Testing at SES for the 2017/18 school year

Exam date          exam         grade          comments 

October 11         PSAT               11th              optional

April 3                 ACT                 11th             required

April 23 – 27     MCA-Math    11th              required

May 7-18             AP exams     11th/12th     optional

College Board Advanced Placement Testing Calendar:

Rosemount‐Apple Valley‐Eagan Schools Comprehensive 2017-18 Testing Schedule w/Administration Times:

 Rosemount‐Apple Valley‐Eagan Schools Comprehensive Assessment System:

District 196

Contact ISD 196

Phone: 651-683-6969


Lauren Trainer

School Principal

Phone: 651-683-6969


Staff Page

Contact Staff Members

Staff Page

Media Center

Vicky Schluter, Librarian

Our school is small, but our studies are broad.  The library at SES reflects that by being a hub for print and electronic resources related to our curriculum.

SES Library Home

On-line Resources


SES Apparel

Order SESwear online

Special Education Services

Students with disabilities are supported at SES under federal and state disability laws. Students with a documented disability that qualify can receive accommodations, modifications, and services through either a 504 Plan or an Individual Education Program (IEP).

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School Nurse

Connie Ertz, our school nurse, has a direct phone line to her office. Contact her at the number below with questions and concerns.

Phone: 952-431-8796

District 196 Nursing Services


Students must have a parking permit displayed in their vehicle to park in the student lots adjacent to the school. To obtain a parking permit fill out the form available in the FeePay system online.  If more applications are received than spaces available a drawing is held to assign permits.


Registration forms and other information for both new and returning students can found on the registration page.

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At SES the school counselor, Nathan Nelson,  works with students to resolve issues with schedules, prepare for college and post high school careers. A monthly update is posted by the counselor giving important information on upcoming deadlines and school activities such as college visits and scholarship opportunities.

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For SES Staff

Links for school staff– ISD 196 login required.

196 staff page