About Community Education

Stillwater Area Public Schools is well-known for its student achievement, strong community involvement, and high expectations. Its Community Education department extends this reputation to all learners at every age and every stage of life. Our learner-centered programs and services offer a variety of opportunities for learning, recreation and community involvement with a focus on:

  • Building skills 

  • Promoting health and well-being  

  • Supporting student achievement

  • Creating community 

Mission: To ensure a variety of lifelong opportunities for learning, recreation and community building.

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Community Education at a Glance

Adult Basic Education provides free educational programs and services for students who wish to receive their GED or brush up on basic skills. Call Kim Melin at 651-351-4031.

Adult Programs provides opportunities for adults who want to learn a new skill, explore a new interest area, or enrich their personal or professional lives. Call Sarah Carlton at 651-351-8484.

Adult Athletics provides organized volleyball, basketball, and softball leagues for community residents. In addition, open gyms are scheduled for less structured, informal play.  Call Jodi Loeblein-Lecker at 651-351-8037.

Adventure Club and Spin offer before and after-school, non-school day, and summer child care in the elementary schools. Students from preschool through sixth grade are welcome.

Aquatics provides all levels of swimming instruction, water safety instructor and lifeguard training, water exercise activities and recreation for preschool through adult students. Call Sarah Carlton at 651-351-8484.

Early Childhood Family Education is a program for families with children birth to kindergarten age. Classes include parent discussion, parent-child activities, and opportunities for children to learn and grow together. Home visits and special events are also part of the program. Call the ECFC at 651-351-4000.

Early Childhood Screening is required by the State of Minnesota for all children prior to kindergarten entrance. Children are screened beginning at age 3. Families are notified by mail of screening dates and times. Call Margie Schwartzbauer at 651-351-4022 to schedule an appointment.

English as a Second Language (ESL) provides English lessons for foreign born adults with limited English ability. Call Kim Melin at 651-351-4031.

Facility Use provides space in school district buildings for a variety of activities by groups, organizations, and individuals. Call Jodi Loeblein-Lecker at 651-351-8037.

Friends offers social and recreational opportunities for teens and adults with mental disabilities. Call Sarah Carlton at 651-351-8484.

Preschool Education focuses on learning opportunities that help children make a smooth and successful transition to kindergarten. Call ECFC at 651-351-4000.

Workforce Education provides customized English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Technology programs for businesses in the community. Call Karen Manske at 651-351-4018.

Youth Athletics provides athletic skill development opportunities for youth in a variety of sports in both the school year and summer.  Call Ralph Halvorson at 651-351-6909.

Youth Development provides opportunities for elementary and secondary age youth to grow as individuals through citizenship, service learning and leadership development.  Call Amy Skare at 651-351-8348.

Youth Enrichment provides opportunities for elementary and secondary age youth to learn new concepts and develop skills in a variety of topic areas, including; science, math, art, computers, cooking and more.  Enrichment classes take place both after school and in the summer.  Call Amy Skare at 651-351-8348.


Community Education Wants YOU!

The amazing community members in the St. Croix River Valley make our award-winning Community Education program possible. Community Education isn’t just about taking classes, there are lots of other ways to get involved as well!

Volunteer: We have a close relationship with Community Thread and we are proud to be working with them to grow our volunteer opportunities. Volunteer activities include classroom assistants, field trip chaperones, ushers, greeters, and more!

Join the Community Education Advisory Council (CEAC) or the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC): Lend us your expertise, share your opinions and help shape our programming! We are always looking for community members to advise our strategic direction.

Instruct: Do you have a skill or talent that you would like to share with fellow St. Croix River Valley residents? We want to hear from you! Submit your class proposal to stillwatercommed@stillwaterschools.org.

Join the Team: We sometimes have hourly employment opportunities available for lifeguards, building attendants, childcare assistants and more! Check the Employment page for current opportunities.

Community Education Advisory Council

The Community Education Advisory Council supports and promotes the philosophy and concept of community education. Members represent areas of the school district and specific program areas, and help to identify and assess community education needs, interests and concerns.

Early Childhood Family Education Advisory Council

Since the beginning of the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs in 1974, advisory councils have been required by Minnesota state law. A majority of the council shall be parents participating in the program. The council shall assist in developing, planning, and monitoring the early childhood family education program. The council shall report to the school board and the community education advisory council.