School Start & End Times Study

On Nov. 25, 2019, Eden Prairie Schools administration announced a plan to start a community conversation to review the times that schools start and end. With voter approval of the 2019 referendum, Eden Prairie Schools will realize a vision for our schools created through Designing Pathways. Part of the Designing Pathways plan is to unite 6th grade students with their middle level peers at Central Middle School in the fall 2021. The district's preschool option will be expanded that fall by moving classrooms to each elementary school and to provide busing.


Academic research

This section will grow as Eden Prairie Schools' start and end time study process continues through 2020. 

One of the most frequently-cited studies around school start times is by Kyla L. Wahlstrom, Ph.D.: "Examining the Impact of Later High School Start Times on the Health and Academic Performance of High School Students: A Multi-Site Study," 2014, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, College of Education & Human Development, University of Minnesota

A review of 38 reports around school start times was conducted in 2016 by Anne G. Wheaton, Ph.D., Daniel P. Chapman, Ph.D. and Janet B. Croft, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta


Area districts

A number of Twin Cities metro area school districts have reviewed their school start and end times in the last few years. Here are links to those outcomes and study processes:

Frequently Asked Questions


Public Input & Feedback

From other school districts

First page of the PDF file: TimelineNovember2019