Enroll in District 197

Three girls at Pilot Knob ElementaryWelcome to the West St. Paul - Mendota Heights - Eagan Area Schools (District 197). Through personalized learning plans, cutting-edge technology, and active involvement of community partners, School District 197 takes each student's dreams and turns them into reality. 

We are a close-knit community of schools serving all or parts of the communities of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake, and West St. Paul.

We have five elementary schools (K-4), two middle schools (5-8), and one high school (9-12). In addition, our birth-to-age 5 Early Learning Program serves families and children during the most critical early developmental years, and our partnership in the Northern Dakota County TriDistrict Community Education Program encourages, assists, and empowers all people in the pursuit of lifelong learning.

More than 4,900 students learn in our schools every day. Visit us anytime to see the exciting things happening in our schools — our doors are open to all! Learn more about District 197.

To enroll your child in School District 197 for the remainder of this school year or the 20/21 year all enrollment forms will be done via email or USPS. Please contact Andreanna Sontoya, the district's enrollment coordinator at enrollment@isd197.org. She will provide you with the forms you need to complete enrollment. Please be prepared to provide the following documents to help complete your child's enrollment.  

  • Birth Certificate: A birth certificate may be obtained at the Northern Dakota County Service Center in West St. Paul.
  • Residency Verification: Please provide a document that shows the name and address of the parent/guardian or other person having legal custody of the student. Acceptable verification documents are: a home/lease agreement or address verification documents including a utility bill (dated within 60 days of requested enrollment) such as electric, gas, water, sewer, telephone, internet, or TV (cable, satellite).
  • Please bring a copy of your child's immunization records.

For questions on enrollment, please contact Andreanna Sontoya at enrollment@isd197.org or 651-403-7030.

Para inscribir a su hijo en el Distrito Escolar 197 por el resto de este año escolar o el año 20/21, todos los formularios de inscripción se recibirán por correo electrónico o USPS. Comuníquese con Andreanna Sontoya, Coordinadora de inscripción del distrito, en enrollment@isd197.org o  al 651-403-7045. Ella le proporcionará los formularios que necesita para completar la inscripción. Esté preparado para proporcionar los siguientes documentos para ayudar a completar la inscripción de su hijo.

• Certificado de nacimiento: se puede obtener un certificado de nacimiento en el Centro de Servicios del Condado de Dakota  en West St. Paul.
• Verificación de residencia: proporcione un documento que muestre el nombre y la dirección del padre/tutor u otra persona que tenga la custodia legal del estudiante. Los documentos de verificación aceptables son: un contrato de vivienda/arrendamiento o documentos de verificación de dirección que incluyen una factura de servicios públicos (fechada dentro de los 60 días de la inscripción solicitada), como electricidad, gas, agua, alcantarillado, teléfono, internet o TV (cable, satélite)
• Por favor traiga una copia de los registros de vacunación de su hijo.


Primary Address

The primary address of a student is used to determine the student’s resident district and designated attendance area school if the student is a resident of School District 197. The address of the biological/adoptive parent or other person having court appointed legal custody of the student is considered the student’s primary address, regardless of where the student physically lives.

Resident District
To determine your student’s resident district, visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us. If the student’s resident district is not District 197, the student does not have an assigned attendance area school, but may open enroll in any District 197 school.

Attendance Area School (Neighborhood School)
Each school has an attendance area that determines which resident students are assigned to that school. An attendance area is a geographic area surrounding the school that optimizes the enrollment at each neighborhood school.

Open Enrollment
Please note: Open enrollment to 6th and 7th Grade for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year is now closed. 
Students who are not residents of District 197 but wish to attend a District 197 school may open enroll in the district. Open Enrollment covers the student's entire education years in District 197 unless the student leaves the district. As a desegregation district, District 197 accepts open enrollment applications at any time throughout the year.

Open Enrollment Form - Must be completed for any non-resident student enrolling in District 197 in addition to the forms above.