2014 graduates

Why Choose Stillwater?

future ponies

Curiosity Thrives Here!

The Stillwater Area Public School District has a long and proud tradition of high expectations, high standards and outstanding achievement. We rank among the highest-performing school districts in the state and offer:

  • Personal, caring staff committed to each individual learner
  • High expectations supported through curiosity and innovation
  • More choices and opportunities for students – both in the classroom and beyond
  • An exceptional reputation and unwavering tradition of excellence

Our schools are safe and welcoming places where students receive personal attention from adults who care about them. Teachers get to know the learning styles and unique abilities of each student and thoughtfully design lessons that not only align with state standards, but take into consideration the unique needs of every child. Students are challenged, supported, encouraged, and engaged in lessons tailored to match their own educational needs and goals.

All of our students have big opportunities during the school day and beyond. In addition to the many gifted and talented, Advanced Placement and College in the Schools opportunities during the school day, students can also participate in award-winning fine arts and music performance groups, sports teams and numerous activities, clubs and academic teams.

Quick Facts:

  • We had a 93.3% graduation rate.
  • More than 88% of our graduates go on to 2 or 4 year colleges/universities.
  • Approximately 1,000 students earn college credit each year while attending Stillwater Area Public Schools.
  • Our students (at all grade levels) consistently perform above state and national averages on achievement tests.
  • Our students earn some of the top academic recognitions - from National Merit Scholarships to Advanced Placement Scholars.
  • Since 1913, Stillwater has had 60 Minnesota State High School League State Championships in athletics.
  • Our outstanding music program (band, orchestra and choir) is highly regarded across the country, and our Concert Wind Symphony has the longest streak of superior ratings in the history of Minnesota.

Get to Know Stillwater Area Public Schools

About Our Schools

Learn more about what makes each of our schools unique.

About Our Community

Stillwater Area Public Schools has a long and proud tradition, as does the entire St. Croix Valley community.

History of the Ponies

The Pony mascot is unique to Stillwater and is just one of the many traditions that make our district special.

History of our colors

The Red and Black has Civil War roots.

1st Minnesota Regiment soldier


Big opportunities, personalized

Minnesota's first public school house

The first school house was built in 1848 and was located on Olive between Second and Thirds Streets.