Dassel-Cokato Community Guide 2018 - Page 30

Dassel-Cokato Sch� l The Dassel-Cokato School District continues to be successful, due to the strong relationships it has with the communities of Dassel and Cokato, and families who live there. In 2014, DC High School made the top 30 of 610 high schools in the state of Minnesota. For this achievement, the school received a silver medal by US News & World Report, which works with the American Institute for Research in Washington, DC to generate the report, based on “the key principle that a great high school must serve all its students well, not just those who are college-bound.” It uses state profi ciency benchmarks as indicators. Schools were also assessed on the degree in which they provide college-level coursework. To achieve its goals, the DC School District strives to keep a healthy fund balance, competitive contracts, and reasonable class sizes. The school board’s leadership is student-centered and conservative, continuing a long tradition of sound governance. In addition to maintaining and improving programs for students, the district is able to provide high-quality facilities for both academics and extracurriculars. In 2013, the district implemented a new controlled access policy, installing a buzzer and camera systems at the entrance of each building as an added measure of security. “Our students perform at a high level and receive an excellent opportunity, for a low cost,” explained Superintendent Jeff Powers. “We are an effi cient and effective school system.” The school district’s k-12 population is about 2,200. Schools include Dassel Elementary, located in the heart of Dassel; Cokato Elementary, located next to Peterson Park near downtown Cokato; the Dassel-Cokato Alternative Learning Center (ALC), located on Highway 12 in Cokato; and the Dassel-Cokato High School/Middle School, and the Early Childhood Family Education Center, all located between Dassel and Cokato on US Highway 12. The Cokato and Dassel communities combined schools in 1972, building a new high school facility on Hwy. 12. In addition, the middle school was built connected to the high school facility, opening its doors to its fi rst students in 1990. The performing arts center (PAC), an 800-seat auditorium used for a variety of school and community events, was the most recent addition to the complex, in 2004. Along with the PAC came a 2,000-seat gymnasium, and a new football fi eld and track. In all levels of learning, Dassel-Cokato Schools teach the pillars of character education: respect, responsibility, resiliency, integrity, compassion, and understanding diversity. Along with the pillars, the schools have adopted the Olweus anti-bullying program, teaching students to step up and stop bullying inside and outside of school. Every educational room throughout the school district is Serving Dassel Cokato with convenience. ������ � � � � health care. . . when you need it. Urgent Care Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. • 7 Days per week ������������� ������������������������������������������������������������� �������� {{{{{{{{{{Bٻ HX[ZYH\[ P] N LN