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WPSWaseca Public Schools District #829

Waseca Junior & Senior High School

Waseca Junior & Senior High School houses approximately 1000 students in grades 7-12.  We offer a rigorous curriculum which meets Minnesota standards while offering post-secondary preparation including College in the Schools and Advanced Placement courses.

In addition we continue to offer our students opportunities for career preparation in business, industrial technology, agriculture, Family and Consumer Science, and computer programming.  

The Bluejay Way guides our student expectations and character education promoting the importance of being prompt and prepared, respecting people and property, being motivated, and setting goals with the idea that failure is not an option.

Our vision points out the importance we place on connecting with our students.  We promote participation in extra-curricular activities.  Our music program has a strong tradition of excellence.  We offer a variety of athletic opportunities along with academic clubs.  Our foreign language students have many opportunities to travel abroad.  We are a school where students and staff excel, and our parents and community care.

Waseca Junior & Senior High School
1717 2nd St. NW
Waseca, MN  56093
(phone) 507-835-5470  (fax) 507-835-1724
Jeanne Swanson, Principal

Visit the south Central Conference website to view schedules of Waseca High School activities, athletics, band, cheerleading, choir, parent-teacher conferences, and theatre.  View maps to area schools and athletic fields.
Waseca Intermediate School

Waseca Intermediate School exists to educate students on the path to reaching their full potential as learners.  Our commitment is to collectively build upon established educational foundations and prepare students for future learning experiences.  Waseca Intermediate School is a fourth through sixth grade building educating about 400 students.

We are a school that boasts high academic achievement scores supported by a collaborative teaching model where teachers are dedicated to meeting students’ needs.  We offer extracurricular activities such as band, choir, student council, Math Masters, and a yearly talent show.

Students are offered a strong, standards based core curriculum enhanced with a variety of supplemental learning opportunities and numerous field trips.  A safe and healthy school environment and a strong commitment to address and eliminate bullying at all grade levels is a priority for our students and staff.  Please come visit our school and see for yourself.  Waseca Intermediate School is a wonderful place where learning happens every day!

Waseca Intermediate School
400 19th Ave NW
Waseca, MN  56094
John Huttemier, Principal
Hartley Elementary

Hartley Elementary takes great pride in high academic standards and quality programs for our students.  We are a kindergarten through third grade building educating about 500 students.  We are committed to helping each child develop academically, emotionally and physically in a safe, respectful and student-oriented environment that includes parents as partners in the learning process.  Hartley Elementary School is a Minnesota five-star school in both reading and math, and has been awarded the U.S. Department of Education No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School Award.  Hartley has also earned the Minnesota School of Excellence Award.  Hartley strives for a positive school environment committed to student achievement.

Hartley Elementary School hosts an all day, every day Kindergarten program to meet the needs of our diverse young learners.  Our staff differentiates the curriculum to meet the needs of all our learners including our high potential students.  Hartley is well-known for its Response to Intervention Program in which individual learning plans with specific, researched based interventions are developed for students who may be struggling academically or behaviorally.  Hartley fosters a safe and welcoming environment which incorporates a school-wide behavior program called WCRB that focuses on the practice of responsible behaviors. We teach students to Work, Cooperate, Respect and Belong.

Hartley Elementary School
605 7th St. NE
Waseca, MN  56093
(phone) 507-835-2248  (fax)507- 835-1005
Ben O’Brien, Principal
The Waseca Area Learning Center

The Waseca Area Learning Center (WALC) is dedicated to providing students a place where they can be engaged in meaningful learning that meets rigorous academic standards, become well prepared for posts-secondary experiences, and continue to take pride in the reputation for excellence at the WALC.

Most importantly, the WALC works to meet individual students’ learning style and needs.  Each student is provided with a Continual Learning Plan (CLP) that addresses a student’s learning objectives and experiences for the year, the assessment measurements used to evaluate a student’s progress while documenting the requirements for grade level or other appropriate progression in the student’s education.  CLP’s are re-evaluated each trimester.

Waseca Area Learning Center offers smaller class sizes, day, night and summer class options, programming and instruction is more hands-on and experiential in its approach, assistance with social and emotional issues, collaboration with social service and county agencies, teachers who focus on making special connections with their students, and independent study options available for students who qualify.

Waseca Area Learning Center
501 E. Elm Avenue
Waseca, MN  56093
JoAnn Erickson, Coordinator
Sacred Heart WHITE
Sacred Heart School

Sacred Heart School’s mission is to promote life-long learning and Christian values.  Sacred Heart School is accredited by MNSAA, Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association.  Sacred Heart Elementary and Children’s House Montessori School are committed to providing equal enrollment opportunities to all persons in preschool through elementary grades K-4, regardless of race, sex or religion.  Sacred Heart has programs for preschool and kindergarten.  Classroom size is limited to 20 students.

Sacred Heart School
308 W. Elm Avenue
Waseca, MN  56093
LeAnn Dahle, Principal
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TEAM Academy   www.  

TEAM Academy opened its doors in the fall of 2004.  At TEAM we focus on academic excellence, post-secondary attainment and a culture of respect and responsibility.  We individualize learning as much as we can during reading and math for our students.  Students are taught in small groups and participate in an individualized learning program on the computer.  This helps all of our students be challenged at their own level.

In addition to the core subjects our students get to experience art and Spanish classes.  We also offer an after school program to all of our students.  The program runs for an extra hour after the regular school day is over.  Extra-curricular programs offered to our students include student council and school patrol.  Fifth and sixth graders can participate in band and choir.  We offer a free extended day program from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We were named a 2012 Award School by Minnesota Department of Education and a 2012 Blue Ribbon School by the federal government.  We have received the School Finance Award and the NEO Stewardship Award in finance.  Our school is authorized by Novation Education Opportunities.

TEAM Academy Charter School
220 17th Ave NE
Waseca, MN  56093
Jill Courtney, Superintendent
Waseca Community Ed.Rec
Waseca Community Education & Recreation

The mission of Waseca Community Education and Recreation services is to provide leadership in the creation of lifelong learning, recreation and citizen involvement opportunities for all Waseca Public School District #829 residents.  

Student Enrichment programs offer an array of classes and activities year-round for youth of all ages.  Opportunities for participation include art, drama, dance, science, swimming, an outstanding Youth Advisory Group, and driver’s education.

Adult programs meet lifelong learning needs by participating in enrichment class that span such topics as computers and technology, arts, health and wellness, fitness, finance, language, cooking, and parent education.  Individuals seeking to improve their employment skills improve their English skills or prepare for the GED will find a high quality and flexible program through the Adult Basic Education Program.

The goal of the recreation department is to provide youth and adults with a wide variety of year-round recreational opportunities.  Recreation programs will offer the health benefits of exercise, social benefits of teamwork and the opportunity for skill development.

Youth recreation programming includes school year intramural programming as well as summer programs.  Summer programs include baseball, softball, tennis, tot-lot/K-1, recreation centers, track & field, football, basketball, and volleyball.  Training camps and special events are also offered such as jumpsoles training, weight lifting and Lacrosse.  A Minnesota Twins bus trip is offered each summer as well.

Adult recreation programming includes volleyball and basketball leagues, tournaments and recreation play opportunities.  

Another program of Waseca Community Education is Opening Opportunities, which offers enrichment courses to individuals ages 15 and older with developmental disabilities.  A wide variety of courses are offered to meet many individuals’ wants and needs.  Waseca Community Education & Recreation

Waseca Community Education and Recreation
501 E. Elm Avenue
Waseca, MN  56093
Paul DeMorett, Director