More about Jordan Public Schools
The mission of the Jordan Public Schools is to Inspire a Caring Community to Ignite Learning, Innovation, and Success for All. We are located on Highway 169, just nine miles south of Shakopee and 45 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul, in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. Our unique student and family friendly single academic campus, home to approximately 1,900 students, has excellent facilities and is located near many residential areas, including the historic downtown and a new public library. Our high school was built in 2003, and our award-winning middle school opened in 2015. Located adjacent to this building is the 45,000 square foot Jordan Community Education and Recreation Center (CERC) which opened in 2016. Our elementary school, recipient of multiple Minnesota Department of Education distinctions and the Minnesota School of Excellence Award in 2017, was built in 1975 and has a 2003 addition to include an Early Learning Center. We are proud to be the only Parent Aware Four Star rated preschool program in Jordan. Among the special programs housed at the elementary school is a before/after school care, called Kids' Company, that opens at 6am and closes at 6pm.
Jordan students consistently score academically at the top of the geographical region, and educating 21st Century learners and providing "real world experiences" is important to the district. We have a successful 1:1 technology program with students in grades 5–12 receiving Chromebook devices. Our younger students explore technology on a consistent basis Chromebooks for their use in the classroom and throughout the building. Students in K-4 are exposed to project-based and inquiry based learning, as well as solid foundational programming in the core curricular areas. Students in grades 5-12 benefit from quality core academic programming and a wide range of exploratory and elective courses. Teachers focus on meeting the individual academic and diverse needs of students by embedding culturally responsive pedagogy practices into the classroom. Relationships are at the heart of learning to honor the social-emotional learning and well being of each student.
The district is extremely proud of its Summit Academy for grades 11 and 12 which boasts programs where students have the opportunity to take professional studies courses that combine cross-curricular and real-world learning. Students enrolled in academy courses have the opportunity to take professional studies classes that combine cross-curricular and real world learning. The course content is made relevant by giving students access to career fields through guest instructors, project management work, mentorships and portfolio development. Students in our Introduction to Education and Multicultural Education Academies also have the opportunity to earn up to 11 college credits via concurrent enrollment, while students in our Healthcare and Medicine Academy attend class at St. Francis Regional Medical Center with one of our instructors and guest/adjunct instructors from St. Gertrude's Staff. These students have the opportunity to take a test to earn their Certified Nursing Assistant Licensure after they complete the course. Business, Marketing, and Economics Academy students benefit from community partnerships and take part in a "Shark Tank" activity to cap their experience. Additional courses include a Building and Trades Academy and a Coaching and Leadership Class. Additionally, our Jordan High School students have the opportunity to take numerous College in the Schools, Concurrent Enrollment, and Advanced Placement courses to earn college credit, while never having to leave campus.
Our athletic and fine arts programs rival and exceed what can be found in much larger districts. This has allows for Jordan students to stand out among the best in the state. In years past, numerous Jordan athletic programs reached the state tournament or won section titles in wrestling, tennis, golf, track, cross country, and football. Notably, the district's boys' track team won the school's fifth state title! In 2020-2021, Jordan Athletics finished off their first year competing in the Wright County Conference, ensuring non-varsity teams have good games and competition. The newly formed Nordic Ski and Bass Fishing programs are also providing new and fun opportunities for students in the winter and spring respectively. Despite a challenging year for athletic tournaments, Jordan sent an individual wrestler to the state tournament during the 2020-2021 school year.
Jordan's fine arts' and activities' programs also thrived with state tournament appearances by six individuals in speech in 2020 and visual arts and superior marks and strong finishes at band, choir, and theater contests. In 2020, Jordan Middle School added a fall play to now offer two theater opportunities to middle school students each year. In the last two years, the district's a Capella group, Harmonix, moved onto the regional competition in Milwaukee at the Pabst Theater in the ICHSA semifinals. These programs featured gifted performers, artists and directors who continued to carry on a rich fine arts history in Jordan.