Picture of Early Learning Student on PlaygroundWelcome to West St. Paul - Mendota Heights - Eagan Area Schools, also known as School District 197! Our district is comprised of eight close-knit schools that serve more than 5,000 students from the communities of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake and West St. Paul, Minn. 

District 197 is fortunate to have a vibrant school community filled with a variety of academic, athletic and artistic opportunities for students at every age, from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. 

District 197 is committed to working with parents and families to improve learning and achievement for all students. 
Research shows that when schools and families work together to support learning, everyone benefits — students do better in school and in life; parents become empowered; teacher morale improves; schools get better; and communities grow stronger. Learn more about community and parent advisory committees


Personalized learning — Staff find the "spark" that gets each student excited about learning, while challenging all students to do their best.
Just the right size — Our small schools focus on students as individuals while serving their unique academic, artistic, athletic and emotional needs.
Focus on innovation — With the help of community partners, staff expose students to innovative teaching strategies and ideas, boosting critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. 
Real-world diversity — Cultural exploration, world language instruction, and classmates from diverse backgrounds offer students a global perspective.
Technology for teaching and learning — Teachers and students are surrounded by the latest technology to explore, research, create, document, present and assess learning.

Learn more by scheduling a visit to any of our schools. Contact the school's principal for details.