Enroll in District 197

Three girls at Pilot Knob ElementaryWelcome to the West St. Paul - Mendota Heights - Eagan Area Schools (District 197). Through personalized learning plans, cutting-edge technology, and active involvement of community partners, School District 197 takes each student's dreams and turns them into reality. 

We are a close-knit community of schools serving all or parts of the communities of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake, and West St. Paul.

We have five elementary schools (K-4), two middle schools (5-8), and one high school (9-12). In addition, our birth-to-age 5 Early Learning Program serves families and children during the most critical early developmental years, and our partnership in the Northern Dakota County TriDistrict Community Education Program encourages, assists, and empowers all people in the pursuit of lifelong learning.

More than 4,900 students learn in our schools every day. Visit us anytime to see the exciting things happening in our schools — our doors are open to all! Learn more about District 197.

To enroll your child for kindergarten in School District 197, please visit our Welcome Center (located on the west end of Henry Sibley High School at 1897 Delaware Ave. in Mendota Heights). Andreanna Sontoya, the district's enrollment coordinator, can provide you with the forms you need to complete enrollment. Please bring the following documents with you to help complete your child's enrollment.

  • Birth Certificate: A birth certificate may be obtained at the Northern Dakota County Service Center in West St. Paul.
  • Residency Verification: Please provide a document that shows the name and address of the parent/guardian or other person having legal custody of the student. Acceptable verification documents are: a home/lease agreement or address verification documents including a utility bill (dated within 60 days of requested enrollment) such as electric, gas, water, sewer, telephone, internet, or TV (cable, satellite).
  • Please bring a copy of your child's immunization records.

For questions on enrollment, please contact Andreanna Sontoya at enrollment@isd197.org or 651-403-7030.


Primary Address

The primary address of a student is used to determine the student’s resident district and designated attendance area school if the student is a resident of School District 197. The address of the biological/adoptive parent or other person having court appointed legal custody of the student is considered the student’s primary address, regardless of where the student physically lives.

Resident District
To determine your student’s resident district, visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us. If the student’s resident district is not District 197, the student does not have an assigned attendance area school, but may open enroll in any District 197 school.

Attendance Area School (Neighborhood School)
Each school has an attendance area that determines which resident students are assigned to that school. An attendance area is a geographic area surrounding the school that optimizes the enrollment at each neighborhood school.

Open Enrollment 
Students who are not residents of District 197 but wish to attend a District 197 school may open enroll in the district. Open Enrollment covers the student's entire education years in District 197 unless the student leaves the district. As a desegregation district, District 197 accepts open enrollment applications at any time throughout the year.

Open Enrollment Form - Must be completed for any non-resident student enrolling in District 197 in addition to the forms above.