District Start Time Comparison
Facts about comparison districts and the state of Minnesota:
MN school districts that have a later start time (after 8:15 a.m.):
- Edina (1996)
- South Washington County (2009)
- St Louis Park (2010)
- Alexandria (2014)
- Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose (2016)
- Burnsville (2016)
- Wayzata ( 2016)
- West St. Paul / Mendota Heights / Eagan
- Mounds View (going into effect fall 2018)
- North St. Paul / Maplewood
- St. Paul Public Schools (implementing fall 2019)
School districts within Dakota County that have later high school start times**
- Burnsville ** (8 a.m.)
- Inver Grove Heights (review in process)
- Lakeville ** (8:02 a.m.)
- Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan
- South St. Paul (review in process)
- West St. Paul **
Start/End Times of East Metro Conference Schools:
High School Start Times
ISD 200 Hastings
ISD 197 Henry Sibley
Hill-Murray 6-12 Grade
ISD 832 Mahtomedi
ISD 622 North
Saint Thomas Academy
South St. Paul
ISD 622 Tartan
School Start Times in U.S. States
Live Science Article by Rachael Rettner, senior writer (Aug. 2015)
Most U.S. middle and high schools start too early — with an average start time of around 8:00 a.m., according to a new study. Some children's health organizations recommend that schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., to help teens get the sleep they need.
The study (of middle and high school start times) also found that school starts times varied greatly by state, with schools in Louisiana starting at 7:40 a.m., on average, and schools in Alaska starting at 8:33 a.m., on average.
States surrounding Minnesota had the following results:
- Illinois: 8:13 a.m.
- Iowa: 8:23 a.m.
- Michigan: 7:54 a.m.
- Minnesota: 8:18 a.m.
- North Dakota: 8:31 a.m.
- South Dakota: 8:13 a.m.
- Wisconsin: 7:59 a.m.