Two New High Schools Show Innovation

This past week, the community gained a glimpse into two new innovative high schools that have been built in Minnesota. Both St. Cloud Tech High School and Sartell-St. Stephen High School received significant statewide media attention as they opened their doors for the first time.

“We have spent so much time working with the school staff members and the communities to reimagine learning and create innovative spaces that truly prepare students for the future,” said David Leapaldt, senior architect at IIW. “Seeing students put them to use is the most rewarding part of this project.”

The official grand opening celebrations will be Sept. 14 for Sartell High and Sept. 16 for St. Cloud Tech. Check out what the media is sharing:

2 districts debut new digs on first day of school

“Futuristic. Modern. Built for learning. That’s how architects and district leaders planned the new high schools in St. Cloud and Sartell-St. Stephen districts. And that’s how students described the space at Tech on Tuesday.”

See student reactions from the Times.



St. Cloud Tech
‘Unmatched’ Tech High School ready for students“It features visible learning spaces designed to be flexible and multipurpose. It also integrates career and technical education labs throughout the school, instead of hiding them away from other classrooms.”
See full article, photos and video.


Sartell-St. Stephen
Journey ends with high school built for the future“Amazing. That’s a word commonly heard from students and teachers when they talk about the new Sartell High School. When students start classes, they’ll experience the results of four years of planning and design that will offer a drastically different educational experience.”
See full article and photo gallery.


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Times: New Tech facilities ‘jaw dropping’

Winona Daily: Tech ready for students

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WJON Podcast: New Tech is exciting for district

KNSI: Grand Opening in St. Cloud

Newsleader: Events planned to celebrate new Sartell High School opening

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