Magnet Information

What is a School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences?

As a Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences magnet school, we foster the development of personal and interpersonal skills so students can grow as leaders in our school, our community, and our world. Each of the three magnet themes complement each other and create unique learning experiences for our students to think critically. Learning and living the 7 Habits of Happy Kids helps students discover and develop their leadership skills. A focus on 21st century leadership and life skills creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. We further empower students through engaging, experiential and inquiry-based learning experiences to explore environmental issues, conservation, and the health sciences. Students are encouraged to wonder, identify problems, gather and evaluate evidence, provide solutions, and make discoveries about themselves and the natural world. Learning is further extended through exploring our outdoor learning spaces, participating in field experiences in the community, or onsite residencies that connect to our themes.

“We are all leaders. At our school, being a leader means doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”


The Leader in Me is a school-based model that uses the key principles of Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. As a Leader In Me school we provide instruction and development through the principles of the 7 Habits. As students learn, we introduce them to local, national, and global leaders. Learning about what makes a successful leader allows students to discover and develop their own leadership skills and qualities. While we teach and live the 7 Habits of the Leader in Me, we look to our staff, students, magnet themes, and community partners for examples of leadership.

We teach 21st century leadership and life skills to students and create a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader through a focus on the 7 Habits:

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Environmental Science

Environmental science explores the interactions between the physical, chemical and biological components of the environment. Our students investigate our local environment starting with our own outdoor learning space and discover the impact they have on the environment. We can then expand to the larger world and how humans interact with and affect the environment. Students learn to apply knowledge of physical, biological and information sciences when they study the environment and explore solutions to environmental problems.

Health Sciences

Health Sciences are any of the branches of natural science that relate to the application of science to health. Our students learn about preventable diseases, environmental issues and conditions that impact their own health and that of the larger community. Students explore the role of health care professionals in medicine, nutrition and other health-related areas.

Special offerings:

Extended Day and Summer Opportunities: A range of learning options are available after school and during the summer to support academic success and enhance learning connected to our magnet themes.

Field Experiences and Guest Residencies: Students participate in field experiences in the community or onsite programming to extend magnet themes and units of study.

Family Nights: Throughout the school year events are scheduled to build community, academic extensions, and integrate our magnet themes with family partners.

Leadership Day: Students showcase their leadership skills during a school-wide leadership event. Community members, parents, and alumni are invited to celebrate student work and achievements.

Ology Lab: Special magnet feature space to support the study of leadership, environmental, and health sciences.

Specialists: Students participate in classes taught by specialists in art, music, media, physical education, and technology. Students in 5th grade have the opportunity to participate in band.

Student Leadership Council: Student leaders plan, advise, organize events, and support other students to be leaders throughout Oak Ridge.

Thank you to our community partners!

At the core…

All District 196 elementary schools offer the same rigorous core curriculum in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. At Oak Ridge, these important areas are an essential part of each student’s day.

District 196 magnet schools offer families increased choice while helping the district achieve state-required integrations goals. Magnet schools can draw students from all parts of the district and are part of the effort to provide racial balance in our schools. All students throughout the district are eligible to apply. Non-district residents may also apply, though preference is given to students residing in District 196.

Transportation is provided for students residing in District 196 who live more than one-half mile from their magnet school. You are allowed one A.M. and one P.M. address for pick up and drop off.

For more information, contact:

Karla Bisco

Magnet Teacher on Special Assignment

651-683-6969 ext. 82720

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Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences, 4350 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Eagan, MN 55122, Phone: 651-683-6970

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