Jordan sophomore Madison Dean was named to the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 2A girls basketball All-State team in 2011-12. The Jaguars won the Minnesota River Conference title and finished the season with a 22-4 record.

Jordan residents are served by Independent School District 717. The Jordan public schools program is housed in three facilities: pre-K-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12. The elementary school has 655 students and a pre-school program of another 30 students. The 5-8 middle school has 541 students and the high school has 482 students. In all, 160 full-time personnel are employed by the district, which this year has a budget of $14 million.

Among its special programs is a before/after school day care in the elementary that opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. The district has an active community education program for all ages and it operates community recreation programs through Community Education.

A Mac computer lab at the elementary level and IBM labs at the middle and high school level, along with additional computers in the classrooms, offer students a technological boost.

In 2002, the district constructed an addition to the elementary school and the new high school opened in 2003. All three facilities are on the same campus.

Jordan Independent School – District 717

District 717 Offices, 500 Sunset Dr., Jordan, MN 55352    952-492-6200
Kirk Nelson, Superintendent    952-492-6200
Web site

Board of Education

The District 717 School Board is the school district’s governing body. It is composed of seven members, each of whom is a district resident elected by voters to serve a four-year term. The terms have been staggered, with elections conducted in November of odd-numbered years.
School board business meetings are conducted once a month on the 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. Additional workshop meetings, when needed, are held on the 4th Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Occasionally times of the meetings are changed when there are conflicts with school activities. Meetings are held in the superintendent’s office.

Deb Pauly, Chair    952-492-2745
Bob Vollbrecht, Vice Chair    612-916-2514
Sandy Burke, Clerk    952-334-6884
Joe Benko, Treasurer    952-492-2855
Dan Buresh    952-492-3999
Lauren Pederson.    612-327-0925
Caroline Carritt    952-288-8185


Jordan Elementary School, 815 Sunset Dr.
Stacy DeCorsey, Principal    952-492-2336

Jordan Middle School, 500 Sunset Dr.
Lance Chambers, Principal    952-492-2332

Jordan High School, 600 Sunset Dr.
Mark Ruggeberg, Principal    952-492-4400

Jordan Community Education and Recreation, 500 Sunset Dr.
Brenda Lieske, Director    952-492-6211

Lunch/Day Care

Jordan schools provide both breakfast and lunch for students in grades K-8. Lunch only for grades 9-12. Jordan has a full-time nurse for grades K-12. There is a before- and after-school program (day care for students) beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. The program also operates on non-school days during the year. The district also has a pre-school program for 3- and 4-year-old children, and offers a full day, everyday kindergarten program.

Jordan also has a full complement of activities for children through senior citizens in its Community Education Programs.

Early Childhood Family Education

Jordan ECFE
Jordan Elementary School, 815 Sunset Dr., Jordan
Web site
Marijean Storlie    952-492-3233

A program for parents and their children (birth-age 5), which includes parent/child activities, children’s programs, parent education, and child care.

Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative

401 E. Fourth St., Chaska    952-368-8800
Web site
Randall Zitterkopf, Executive Director

Programs include alternative learning centers, special education, adult basic education, professional and technical programs, youth and adult transitional services, family programs and more. Locations are spread across Carver and Scott counties.

Cologne Academy – District 4188
Grades K-8
Cologne Academy, 1221 South Village Parkway, Cologne    952-466-2276
Web site:

Newly opened in September 2008, the Cologne Academy is a tuition-free public school offering advanced classical curriculum with an emphasis on character development. Free, all-day, everyday kindergarten. We teach character development and core knowledge curriculum. Spanish is taught in all grades.

Non-Public Schools

St. John the Baptist Catholic School
Grades Pre-K-6
215 N. Broadway, Jordan
Bonita Jungels, Principal    952-492-2030

St. John’s Catholic School is an elementary school accredited through the Minnesota Non-Public School Accrediting Association. St. John’s School provides a Catholic education with emphasis on academics, spiritual relationships and respect for self and others for preschool through sixth grade students. Its mission statement reads, “St. John’s enables children to grow in faith while striving to reach their full potential through life-long learning.” St. John’s Parish welcomes students of all faiths desiring a Christian, value-based education in a Catholic school setting.

Living Hope Lutheran Church and School
Grades Pre-K-4
8600 Horizon Dr. S., Shakopee    952-445-1785
Fax    952-445-1822
Web site

Living Hope Lutheran School continues to meet and excel in the standards established by the Minnesota Non-Public School Accrediting Association. It has provided Pre-K through fourth grade Christian education since 2002. The Word of God is taught not only during religion classes, but throughout the day it is applied and is the basis and guide for all learning and living. The whole education is aimed at Christian training through the subject taught. It is the school’s mission to take into account all the child’s needs of body, mind and soul.

Mayer Lutheran High School
305 5th St. N.E., Mayer    952-657-2251
Fax    952-657-2344
Web site
Joel Landskroener, Executive Director
Kevin Wilaby, Principal

A nationally accredited high school offering Christ-centered education and academic excellence, sports and fine arts programs for grades 9-12. Bus service is available. A variety of denominations are represented and welcomed.

Holy Family Catholic High School
8101 Kochia Ln., Victoria    952-443-4659
Fax    952-443-1822
Web site
Kathleen Brown, President/Principal

Serving grades 9-12, this Lasallian co-educational college prep school is committed to helping young men and women realize their academic and spiritual potentials. The school also provides a full program of interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities, and is affiliated with the Minnesota River Conference. Financial aid and transportation are available.

Southwest Christian High School
103 Peavey Rd., Chaska    952-556-0040
Fax    952-556-5567
Web site

Southwest students (grades 9-12) are challenged to think and live differently in the midst of postmodern culture. All subjects, from physics to physical education, are rigorously taught with a biblical worldview. Honors and AP classes, music and fine arts, 17 varsity sports and a wide variety of co-curricular activities are available. SWCHS also offers a robust financial aid program. To arrange a tour, call the Admissions Office.

Special Programs

Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative
100 Hope Ave., Jordan
Darren Kermes, Executive Director    952-567-8102
Fax    952-492-3880
Web site

This cooperative of six area school districts provides services for students with special education needs. School districts included are Belle Plaine, Jordan, Montgomery-Lonsdale, New Prague, Prior Lake-Savage and Shakopee.

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