I am grateful and proud to be part of an outstanding school district that provides a rigorous, yet nurturing academic environment for children to learn and develop in their own unique ways.
Behind the exterior of our brick buildings, you will find a school community - teachers, students, administrators, board members and volunteers - who have a great deal of pride in their schools. The cornerstone of our success is working together with community partners at our side, to ensure each student is inspired to reach their full potential.
This district has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence. Our digital program i-Learn@EP is one of the most extensive in the state to transform classroom teaching and personalize student learning. Our part- and full-day gifted programs - KEY and Mosaic - are consistently recognized for their quality and support. We maintain the largest array of athletic, academic and music options of any district in the state. We also send more of our graduates to college than any other school in the state (with graduating class sizes above 50) and those students graduate at higher percentages within six years than all other schools in our conference.
Guiding all our work is our Strategic Plan. The plan was the result of many hours of work by hundreds of people in our community who identified the vision for our schools through the year 2018. I encourage you to become familiar with our Strategic Plan - the roadmap for our journey that finds educational excellence for each student.
Thank you for taking the time to explore our website. I hope it leaves you informed, inspired, and wanting to know more. Please call if you have a question or connect with any one of our individual schools to arrange for a visit. There is no better way to understand the excellence behind Eden Prairie Schools than to experience it for yourself.
Dr. Curt Tryggestad
Dr. Curt L. Tryggestad began his duties as superintendent of Eden Prairie Schools on July 1, 2012.
Prior to working at Eden Prairie Schools, Dr. Tryggestad was the superintendent at Little Falls Community Schools, superintendent at Esko Public Schools, and secondary principal at Pine City Public Schools. He began his career in education as an instrumental music instructor.
Dr. Tryggestad earned his education doctorate at St. Cloud State; his licensure in educational leadership at Winona State; his master’s at St. Cloud State; and his bachelor’s degree in music at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.
He served on the Minnesota Online Learning Advisory Council and the Minnesota Technology Task Force, both appointments made by the Minnesota Commissioner of Education. Recently he was again named by the Minnesota Department of Education to be a participant in the Achieve Open Educational Resources (OER) Institute (established to help a group of states address issues on OER implementation, including the uses of measures of quality for evaluating OER to meet challenging College and Career Readiness/Common Core state standards). He continues to promote and share his expertise in the integration of technology into education both at the local level and statewide.
At the state level, Dr. Tryggestad has served as chair of the governing board of Infinity Online Academy, in leadership positions for the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA), and the Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA). In 2010, he was awarded the Administrator of Excellence Award by the MASA, and has been recognized twice by MREA with an Exemplary Program Award for a bullying prevention program.
In 2015, MASA named Dr. Tryggestad the 2015 Richard Green Scholar. The program is an annual recognition of the research, writing, and presentation of a paper reflecting the practice of excellent school leadership. Dr. Tryggestad presented his research, “The Role of the Minnesota Superintendent as a Technology Leader: A Delphi Study.”
Dr. Tryggestad brings a track record of successful technology initiatives, sound fiscal management, and district-wide academic achievements. Under Dr. Tryggestad’s leadership, Eden Prairie Schools launched its digital initiative i-Learn@EP in 2013, which is one of the most extensive digital programs in the state.