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Black History Month celebration

Students, families and community members are invited to the upcoming Black History Month Celebration. The free event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, at FAIR School Crystal, located at 3915 Adair Ave N. 

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With ACCESS testing happening at the end of January, here is a reminder of testing expectations. Each student is asked to follow all state and district policies for test administration.

Robbinsdale Transition Center toy spree

Students from Robbinsdale Transition Center (RTC) undertook three community-based projects last semester as part of their social interaction class. In the culminating project, they raised over $600 and purchased toys for Children's Hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

American Indian Ed Winter Storytelling Event

Robbinsdale Area Schools American Indian Education Program partnered with Edina Public Schools American Indian Education program to host a winter storytelling event at 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17.  The no-cost event will be held at FAIR School Crystal, 3915 Adair Ave. N. 

Escape the Vape video contest

The Escape the Vape video challenge, a youth vaping prevention video contest, is back for 2023, and students in Robbinsdale Area Schools are invited to participate. 

kids playing outdoors in the snow

Two Mondays, Jan. 23 and Feb. 27, are non-school days. School will not be in session, but district offices are open. The 2023-24 school calendar is also available.

family together outside of a school building

All are invited to the upcoming InterSchool Council (ISC) meeting at 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. ISC is a collaboration between parent representatives and district staff.

student sitting in hallway wearing her backpack

Visit our kindergarten page to learn more about important dates and deadlines, explore our elementary schools, learn about needed immunizations, review options for before and after school care, and enroll for the 2023-24 school year.

Seven Dreams Bird Bash Event

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 4 at the Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center. Seven Dreams will be funding a mental health project, opening Wellness Centers in our middle schools.

School Board News graphic

The newest members of our school board include ReNae Bowman, Kim Holmes and Caroline Long. Sharon Brooks Green was reelected.

kids in classroom with headphones and devices

West Suburban Summer School (WSSS) offers summer classes to students entering grades 2-12 in the fall of the upcoming school year.

two elementary students sitting in a hallway

Families with a student starting kindergarten next school year are invited to attend our upcoming magnet school information nights. Meet our staff, get a tour and learn more about what our schools have to offer.

Two middle school students standing by lockers

We invite you to attend our middle school information nights, where students and families can meet their future teachers and tour the facilities.

winter resources for families

Families in need of additional support over the winter months are encouraged to visit our "Tools for Families" page for food resources, mental health support, help with housing and more.

students in library

The magnet lottery for next school year is now open. Families interested in enrolling their student in kindergarten next year at FAIR Pilgrim Lane, Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School or the School of Engineering and Arts are invited to apply through Friday, Feb. 24. 

Staff posing with students in school hallway

Thank an employee for all they do. In partnership with Empty Bowls, this year’s staff and teacher appreciation gift includes a handmade bowl and soup mix for $20.

kid making a snow angel

Sometimes Robbinsdale Area Schools may be forced to close school or shift to e-learning due to extreme temperatures or significant snowfall. 

Reading Corps

To support students who need extra practice and skill building in Robbinsdale, 14 tutors are needed throughout the district. If you or someone you know is interested in helping students build their reading, math or early literacy/numeracy skills, you’re sure to make a difference.

Message about weapons incidents

Our district is in the news this week for reasons that are not positive. Both Robbinsdale and Sandburg middle schools experienced separate incidents involving weapons. 

Family posing in front of school

Families are invited to complete a brief survey on behalf of members of the Robbinsdale Area Schools Interschool Council (ISC), a group of parent leaders from each school/program.

student using tablet in classroom

Learn how to check student attendance in Infinite Campus, use our Let’s Talk platform, view lunch menus, access translations through our websites and more. Visit our Tools For Families page to access a variety of how-to videos.


Three new board members have been elected to join Robbinsdale Area Schools Board of Education. The new members are Kim Holmes, ReNae Bowman and Caroline Long. The outcome of the Nov. 8 election also resulted in the election of Board Director Sharon Brooks Green, who was appointed to fill a vacant spot on Sept. 22, 2021.

child playing in gym

Find out how to help your child with friendship skills on Monday, Dec. 5, with two options to attend: in person from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m., or virtually from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Or check out our evening preschool classes that meet two days per week from 6:15-7:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

high school students learning in a classroom

Ask adults of a certain age what their classroom looked like when they were students and they might tell you that it was filled with desks lined up in neat rows with a big, oversized desk in the front of the room for their teacher. Fast forward to 2022 and invite those same adults into a classroom at Armstrong, and they might end up surprised by what they see – not only how the furniture is arranged, but by the way teaching is happening. 

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Enjoy a performance from the Cooper Marching Band at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Cooper Auditorium,  8230 47th Ave. N. in New Hope. Families who participate in the silent auction can bid on a guitar, movie passes, gift certificates to restaurants, a marching hawk quilt, themed baskets, and packages for local establishments.

Students in classroom on devices

The League of Minnesota Cities is inviting students in grades 4-6 to share ideas about how they would make cities better by submitting essays in their “Mayor for a Day” essay contest.

staff posing with community partner

Robbinsdale Area Schools (Rdale) has established three full service community schools with funding from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Full service community schools support all aspects of students' lives to help them succeed academically. 

Fall music festival poster 2022

Robbinsdale Area Schools presents the annual Fall Music Festival at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

parent holding infant

Early Learning has some exciting upcoming events for parents and families. Family gym time starts in November. Get those wiggles out at the New Hope Learning Center Gym and explore a variety of activities with your child. 

Are You Receiving Updates

Did you know Robbinsdale Area Schools uses various platforms to communicate with families? To ensure you are receiving important communications, families are encouraged to check their Infinite Campus settings. 

student planting outdoors

What started as an outdoor garden in 2019 through a grant from the Seven Dreams Education Foundation continues to grow and expand. And now, a second grant will allow Zachary Lane Elementary School to add pollination and sensory gardens and Kindness Rocks to their outdoor space. 

MN Capitol Art Contest

All Robbinsdale Area Schools (Rdale) students are invited to participate in this year’s Minnesota Senate art contest. The deadline for drawing or photo submissions is Monday, Oct. 31.

Updated school year calendar

Last year the School Board voted to change the 2022-23 school year calendar. To accommodate two holidays – Yom Kippur on Oct. 5, 2022, and Eid celebrated on April 21 and 22, 2023.

Parent and infant

Robbinsdale Area Schools offers a wide variety of Early Learning programming. Learn more about our preschool program, including evening options. We offer a variety of classes for all ages.

AHS students going to Germany

Rachel Olson, Natalie Storlie, and Carly and Grant Redelsheimer, all juniors at Armstrong, make up one of three teams in the United States that received an all-expenses paid trip to Germany for the Young Economic Summit (YES!) in September. 

kids getting on school bus

Before school starts, download the free Durham Bus Tracker app to view routes and scheduled stops, see messages related to route delays and track buses.


Make sure you're following your school and the district's social media accounts to get all the latest news and information. Keep up with us by following #Rdale281. 

Students getting on a bus

I am happy to report that we currently have drivers to staff all transportation routes and busing to school activities. In addition, we believe we have hired enough staff to be able to cover our routes if our drivers call out sick or need to take extended leaves. 

wild rice taste testings

Starting this fall, school meals will no longer be free to all students. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the Educational Benefits application will have access to meals at no cost or a reduced cost.

get immunizations ready

Students who attend public schools in Minnesota are required by state law to have specific immunizations (or written proof of exemption) before they can attend school

Educational benefits

Every year we ask all families to complete an Educational Benefits application. This is a big request, and we ask you to take a few moments to apply right now.

kids standing at bus entrance

Families whose students ride the bus to school should have received a postcard with transportation information in the mail. If you didn’t get a postcard, bus information can also be found in the Parent Portal.

elementary student reading a book

If your family has not yet scheduled your pre-screening appointment you can make an appointment by calling 763-504-4180. Staff will also be visiting schools throughout September to work with students who have not yet completed a screening. 

Students watching screen

Visit our Tools for Families page to make an online payment, get help with our parent portal or Schoology, and learn about community resources. Check it out at rdale.org/tools

Follow Us on Social Media

Learning about students and staff doing amazing things in the classroom, or seeing breaking weather alerts about school closures due to extreme weather — keeping up with what’s going on in Robbinsdale Area Schools has never been easier thanks to social media.

class of 2022 grad highlight video

Check out highlights of our graduation ceremonies for Cooper High School, Armstrong High School, Robbinsdale Virtual Academy, Robbinsdale Academy Highview, Robbinsdale Transition Center and Adult Basic Education.

School Board news graphic

The next School Board election for Robbinsdale Area Schools will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The period for filing affidavits of candidacy is Aug. 2, 2022 – Aug. 16, 2022.

Construction 2022

When you drive past one of five district schools this summer, you might see some work being done. Every summer Robbinsdale Area Schools invests in its buildings to make sure they’re welcoming environments and great places for learning.

Graduation roundup

Robbinsdale Area Schools will honor the achievements of its class of 2022 beginning June 3. Check out the dates and times of this year's graduation events, and learn how to catch the live streams of the Armstrong and Cooper commencement ceremonies.

Metro Dining Club

Looking to try some new places to eat this summer or just get out of the house? Metro Dining Club cards are available for purchase from the district’s Human Resources Department. For $30, you receive a box with more than 130 cards from participating restaurants to use like coupons with discounts, such as $10 off a purchase of $20 or more. You can use each card once per month, meaning each card offers 12 months of savings.

Group of people meeting

Thank you to all those who shared their ideas and comments on the draft of the strategic plan framework. There were many opportunities for families, staff and others to contribute to this important work that will shape our plans going forward. 

Cooper baseball players

Robbinsdale Cooper High School student newspaper, The Quill, won first in the state for Photojournalism: Sports Photo, which you can see above; they won fifth in the state for Newspaper Page Design; and they earned fourth in the state for Newspaper Feature Story.

nutrition services van

Robbinsdale Area Schools Nutrition Services is hitting the road and serving free lunches Monday through Friday, June 13 through Aug. 12, 2022  at area parks this summer to anyone 18 and under.

Bird Dash

The Bird Dash – a brand-new family fun run, 1K and 5K – takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Bassett Creek Park in Crystal. The event will benefit Seven Dreams Education Foundation, which raises funds for hands-on learning in Robbinsdale Area Schools.

kids standing at bus entrance

Robbinsdale Area Schools is moving to an opt-in transportation system for the 2022-2023 school year. Even though the deadline has passed for completing the opt-in form for school bus transportation for next school year, if you have not done so, we still need you to complete the form. 

In response to the school shooting in Texas

There are no words that help express the profound sadness, hopelessness or anger we’re collectively feeling in the wake of another school shooting. These emotions are especially heavy on this rainy Wednesday afternoon as we learn more details about the tragedy and about the lives who were lost due to this violent act. 

Transportation Opt-In 2022-23

All families with students enrolled in Robbinsdale Area Schools must fill out a bus transportation form for the 2022-23 school year. If you haven’t already, please complete a form for each student by May 20, 2022.

college 4 kids summer program

Robbinsdale Area Schools is partnering with Hennepin Technical College (HTC) to offer the College 4 Kids Summer Program. It's a free program that provides middle school students exposure to various career pathways through hands-on courses and fun activities.

Lakeview Students pose

Robbinsdale Area Schools is in the process of gathering information to create a new strategic plan. We are seeking your help to develop a strategic plan that combines the current strengths of our schools with everything we’ve learned in the pandemic.

student with glasses reading

Neighborhood and Magnet Schools are hosting information nights/Open Houses. At this event, students and their families will tour the school, meet the principal, get a school supply list and learn all about what to expect at Kindergarten. 

robbinsdale area schools individual focus. infinite potential.

School start times will change beginning in the 2022-23 school year. The change in start times will affect all schools in our district including elementary, middle and high schools and our Early Learning Programs.

summer community ed program

In the all-new Summer Explorers Program, each week features a different theme and adventure. Offered through Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education, Summer Explorers invites K-5 students to have fun as they learn through science, nature and creative projects.

Examples of student art work

Check out amazing artwork from our middle and high school students at the Secondary Students Show. Visit Robbin Gallery, located at 4915 42nd Ave N. in Robbinsdale, from Thursday, April 7, through Saturday, April 30.

Superintendent meeting with students

Robbinsdale Area Schools is developing a new strategic plan that embraces the new realities of our world, while maintaining what continues to work for our students. We are counting on you, our staff, to share your ideas and dreams for what comes next.

girl students posing in gym

Join the Community Golf Classic, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21. This is a four-person scramble event that will take place at New Hope Village Golf course, 8130 Bass Lake Rd. in New Hope. 

Robbinsdale Powwow

Ask anyone who has attended a powwow and they will likely describe the amazing sights and sounds they witnessed. They might tell you how they heard drum beats that matched the rhythm of their hearts. Or that the skilled and graceful dancers wore beautiful and elaborate regalia (traditional clothing) crafted with vibrant colors as they circled the dance area.

Bird bash event

The Seven Dreams Education Foundation’s Bird Bash on April 9 raised funds for Reinvigorating Band and Orchestra: Spreading the Joy of Music to All Students. The goal of this project is to revitalize Robbinsdale Area Schools band and orchestra programs by welcoming all students and building community. 

kids playing outside

Robbinsdale Area Schools offers a variety of no- cost, engaging camps and programs for all ages coming this summer, like academic camps, CDF Freedom Schools, a cosmetology sampler, College 4 Kids, and more. The district is also offering fee-based school-age child care this summer.

Indian Ed powwow


Robbinsdale Indian Education, in partnership with Manidoo Ogitigaan – The Spirit’s Garden, invites the community to our spring powwow. Experience singing, dancing, and other honored traditions from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at  Armstrong High School.

Students holding books

With the support of the Seven Dreams Education Foundation, Robbinsdale Area Schools has added 2,000 books and eBooks to our school libraries. We are grateful to our community for their support and generosity.

BestPrep award Cooper High School

Cooper High School teacher Brooke Schaffer was recently awarded a BestPrep Educator of Excellence Award. The Educator of Excellence Award recognizes the top 2 percent who go above and beyond in their commitment to educating youth in Minnesota.

2021 Grad Rates

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Robbinsdale’s graduation rate climbed to 83.1 percent in 2021, an increase of 2.9 percentage points compared to the district’s 2020 graduation rate of 80.2 percent. It’s also the highest graduation rate in nine years.

Speak Up

Last school year the district introduced a new safety tool called Gaggle, which is designed to promote cyber safety. Our district is now using a Gaggle feature called Speak Up, a confidential safety tip line for students. It provides a mechanism for students to share concerns regarding school safety.

summer resources special ed

Join the upcoming Special Education Advisory Council meeting from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14. The Summer Programming Resource Fair will include information from Three Rivers Parks, the City of Brooklyn Park, Reach for Resources, Robbinsdale Area Schools, and GiGi’s Playhouse. 


In recognition of Women's History Month, local Indigenous female leaders share their stories and experiences. Join us for this virtual event from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2022.

Rose McGee Sweet Potato Comfort Pie

VIDEO: Rose McGee, a resident of Robbinsdale Area Schools and founder of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, provided her renown dessert to students in the district on Feb. 25. McGee talks about working with the district was so meaningful and why having the chance to provide students with the "sacred dessert" of Black people was so meaningful to her.

COVID mask update

Face coverings and masks will now be optional across Robbinsdale Area Schools effective Thursday, March 3. This includes inside all schools and sites and aboard all school buses and vans, and applies to spectators and guests at district-sanctioned activities and events.

COVID Updates

We are happy to share that the district now has two kinds of COVID tests available for students and families: BD Veritor rapid antigen home tests, and Vault (ACON Flowflex) supervised rapid antigen home tests. 

Summer adventure club registration open

Summer Adventure Club goes on one to two field trips each week. Some of the trips your child may attend include bowling, parks, water parks, zoos, walks around the community, and museums.

SchoolCounselorWeek 2022

This week is National School Counseling Week, bringing attention to the impact of school guidance counselors in helping our students be successful in school. 

Bird Bash 2022

This year’s Bird Bash has been rescheduled. We hope you can join us at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.

COVID reporting form

Students and staff during school, students participating in district-sanctioned athletics, activities, performances and events, across all grade levels, will be subject to Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) COVID-19 protocols. These guidelines are different from the updates the district made earlier this week.

COVID updates

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently updated their isolation and quarantine recommendations for individuals who have tested positive for, or have symptoms of, COVID-19, or who have been exposed to the virus. 

Series who are our neighbors

Our communities are always changing. New immigrants arrive bringing with them new foods, languages, and traditions.

Increase your understanding of your neighbors, their culture, history, and experiences through the free Who are Our Neighbors series.

student playing instrument

The Seven Dreams Education Foundation collects used musical instruments that are repurposed and used by our students. 

Temporary shift to distance learning

We had hoped to continue with in-person learning without disruption, but many of our staff have tested positive or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. As a result, all district schools will shift to distance learning beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, through Friday, Jan. 21. Students will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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Due to the current number of positive and symptomatic COVID cases among students and staff at Armstrong High School and Sandburg Middle School, we made the decision today to shift to distance learning beginning Thursday, Jan. 6, through Monday, Jan. 17. Students will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

School Buses

During winter break, families will receive postcards from transportation with updated bus route information. They will be sent through the U.S. Postal Service to your address on record.

winter safety reminders

Winter has arrived, and, we want to remind families to make sure their students stay safe and warrm. 

Kindergarten magnet lottery


For families looking to enroll their students at FAIR School Pilgrim Lane, Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion (RSI), and the School for Engineering and Arts (SEA), the magnet lottery for kindergarten is now open. The deadline to apply for the lottery is Feb. 25, 2022. Interested families can apply at magnetlottery.rdale.org.

Winter weather

Winter’s coldest months are nearly upon us, so this is a good time to remind families that sometimes Robbinsdale Area Schools may be forced to close school because of extreme temperatures or significant snow.

Be sure to visit the district’s weather closing website to learn more about the process that goes into determining if a school closure is necessary, as well as the ways you’ll be notified about cancelations.

Clue at Cooper

Robbinsdale Cooper Theatre will be live on stage again when Clue opens at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Cooper High School auditorium.

General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students at the box office. All guests need to be masked.

Hennepin Healthcare event

Hennepin Healthcare is hosting its Black Men with Stethoscopes Youth Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at its Clinic and Specialty Center in the Stillman Community Room, Level 1, which is located at 715 South 8th St. in Minneapolis.

World's Best Workforce

Robbinsdale Area Schools will hold its annual World's Best Workforce public meeting from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9.

Join the virtual meeting to learn how the district is addressing its World's Best Workforce goals. Virtual meeting information can be found on our district calendar.

Educational Benefits

By applying for educational benefit, you support your school community by providing funding for counseling services and social workers, technology funding, Early Childhood education funding, and reduced fees for athletics, instrument rentals and more.

Th district asks that every family apply every year. If you prefer a paper application, please contact us at 763-504-8050. Complete your application today!

Staff appreciation

’Tis the season for spreading kindness and cheer. It’s also a great time to thank a Robbinsdale School District employee and support a dedicated organization that works on behalf of the district. When you make a $20 contribution to the Seven Dreams Education Foundation, you can thank a staff member with a small gift and, at the same time, support the Foundation to provide extra educational opportunities in Robbinsdale Area Schools. 

MN Safe Learning Survey

The state is looking to gather the voices of all educators, all enrolled families, and students in grades six through 12, regarding their public school experiences through participation in the MN Safe Learning Survey. The survey is open through Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Covid vaccine incentives

Children aged 12-17 who receive their vaccination series before the end of 2021 are eligible for a $200 Visa Gift Card as well as other incentives.

mask reminder for families

A reminder to families: face coverings are required for all preK-12 students, staff and visitors over the age of 2 – regardless of vaccination status – while on the school bus, or while indoors at all schools and district facilities.

American educators recognition week

This week is American Education Week, honoring those who work in our nation’s public schools.

Nov 18 give to max day

Today, Give to the Max Day (Thursday, Nov. 18), please consider a gift to the Seven Dreams Education Foundation (SDEF).

News from food services

Due to supply chain issues, families should expect menu changes in the coming days and weeks. Not only do these supply chain issues impact our district’s school meal program, but are also impacting other school districts, restaurants and businesses across the nation. 

Kindergarten enrollment

Visit our upcoming All About Kindergarten Event and find the best choice for your child. Ask questions and learn all you need to know about our schools. Meet our staff and have some fun!

Join us from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at Cooper High school.

feedback platform Let's Talk

Let’s Talk! Do you have a question and don’t know who to contact? Want to provide us with feedback? 

Early Childhood Director

Jessica Richter has been a specialist in the field of early childhood for 19 years and is thrilled to work for Robbinsdale Area Schools as the new Early Learning Supervisor of the Early Childhood department.

Cooper step team blanket fundraising

Students from the Cooper Step Team are making blankets for upcoming fundraisers. The team is looking for fleece fabric, new and used, which may include blankets.

Join Us for the Job Fair

Looking for employment or know someone who might be? Plan to attend the upcoming job fair,  2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

kids on school bus

This week is National School Bus Safety Week. Wave and thank your drivers who keep our students safe!

COVID Updates

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 8, Robbinsdale Area Schools will provide Vault saliva test kits for both students and staff to be administered at home over Zoom. 

Community Reading Event

We hope you can join us for our virtual Community Reads Event!  Register for the reading event and discussion, and receive the book for free!

Series guest speaker indian ed

Indian Education is hosting a new guest speaker series. Guest Speaker Dr. Gabriela Spears-Rico will be discussing Indigenous from the Americas: Building Solidarity between Latinos and American Indian People. 

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This communication regarding face coverings was shared wuith staff and families on May 14.

Mathematics Materials Adoption Vendor Fair text

Robbinsdale Area Schools will be adopting new instructional materials for Mathematics K-12. Visit the in-person vendor fair, May 3-5 -- or the online fair, May 1-10.

School Board news graphic

In December 2020, the School Board voted to change school start times, but didn’t determine when the change would happen. At the Monday, April 19 meeting, the Board voted unanimously in favor of making the shift beginning in the 2022-23 school year. 

Two Armstrong High School Seniors Named National Merit Finalists