Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts & Science (GHESAS) is a K-5 magnet school that was originally established in 1993 as the 17th elementary school in District 196. In 2007, GHESAS became the Arts & Science magnet school it is known today and in 2017, was named the #2 magnet school in the U.S. by Magnet Schools of America, the national association of magnet and theme-based schools. GHESAS proudly serves approximately 760 students and their families in a diverse and rigorous learning community. Approximately half the student population lives in the attendance area, while the other half were drawn through the magnet lottery.
Glacier Hills is located in the City of Eagan on Wescott Road approximately 1 mile east of Pilot Knob Road. We are fortunate to be located within walking distance from the Wescott branch of the Dakota Hills Library, the Eagan City Hall and Police Department and the Eagan Civic Center. The school is surrounded by wooded land which provides for a unique and interesting learning environment. We have many unique partnerships that enhance the learning experience of our students.
Read more on our philosophy and vision from Principal Scott Thomas.
Welcome to Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science!
You are about to embark on an extraordinary learning journey. We are looking forward to you having your child as part of our vibrant learning community. Students study literacy, math, social studies and science in their classrooms. At Glacier Hills, extra focus on the arts and science is developed with curriculum specialists. The education of our students is based on a rigorous curriculum fostering creativity, curiosity and innovation. Learners are encouraged to reach new understandings by asking questions and engaging in application- we encourage ‘learning risks’; we encourage students to ‘just try it!’
The curriculum is intertwined with ideas, like a web, making connections between subject areas and teachers. For example, students may study properties of water during science class or lab, learn economic reasons for civilization settlements on major waterways or lakes, learn watercolor techniques in art class, read a fiction or nonfiction book involving water, learn to use various volume measurement tools in math and visit a local water source to connect all of these concepts.