Non-Public / Homeschool / Homelessness
District 197 serves seven nonpublic schools within the District boundaries.  They include:
  • Community of Saints
  • Convent of Visitation School
  • Crown of Life School
  • St. Croix Lutheran 
  • St. Joseph's School
  • St. Thomas Academy
  • Trinity Lone Oak
The district provides nursing, school counselor, and special education services as well as textbook allocations to the nonpublic schools.  Nonpublic schools can also access their proportionate share of the District's Title Federal dollars.

If you have question about nonpublic school services, please contact Sara Lein, Director of Special Education at
651-403-7019 or

If you have questions about special education services at the nonpublic schools, please contact Rachel Johnston, Special Education Coordinator at 651-403-7017 or

Home schooling is a commitment of time, dollars and planning. It is suggested that parents and guardians research this option before a decision to home school is made.

Please view the information below regarding homeschooling your child(ren). The Non-accredited, Nonpublic School Full Report or the Letter of Intent to Continue to Provide Instruction forms are due back to our district office by October 1 of each year. The Student Report for Aids to Nonpublic Students is also due in the district office by October 1 of each year.

Mail forms to:
Molly Engle, Administrative Assistant
1897 Delaware Avenue
Mendota Heights, MN  55118

If you have any questions, please contact Molly at 651-403-7011 or

Access additional information by visiting MDE:

For questions regarding special education, please contact Rachel Johnston at 651-403-7017 or

District 197 strives to ensure that families have a secure educational program while experiencing homelessness. 

Under McKinney/ Vento legislation, homeless children and youth are individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes,
  • Children and youth sharing the housing of others persons due to loss of housing (doubled up), economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds; are living in emergency or transitional shelters, are abandoned in hospitals or are awaiting foster care placement
  • Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings; and
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

 Students have the rights to:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
  • Continue in the school they attended before they became homeless.
  • Receive transportation to the school they attended before their family became homeless.
  • Receive the same programs and services that are provided to all other children.
  • Automatically qualify for free breakfast and lunch.
  • Enroll in a new school without all documentation