Dakota County Area Learning School (DCALS)

About Dakota County Area Learning School (DCALS)

ISD 917's Alternative Learning programs are called DCALS programs. DCALS stands for Dakota County Area Learning Schools.  Our DCALS programs are Minnesota State-Approved Alternative Programs designed to meet the needs of students who may not have found success in traditional school environments. While many of our students come from our nine member school districts, enrollment at DCALS is open to any student in Minnesota in 11th-12th grade.

DCALS has much smaller class sizes than most high schools, uses hands-on/experiential approaches to learning, and focuses on relationship-building in a positive, safe, and supportive learning environment.  Our academic calendar is designed to help students earn credits in the areas they need to at a pace that suits their needs.  Each student works with staff to develop a Continual Learning Plan designed to help them meet graduation requirements and create a path to the future.  DCALS offers seat-based, in-person programming as well as credit recovery options.

Program Leadership

DCALS-Main & DCALS-North

Chris Devine 
Phone: 651-423-8259
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Erin Mahnke
Assistant Principal
Phone: 651-423-8263
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Aimee Boone
Academic Liaison
Phone: 651-423-8418
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Carmen Eaton
School Counselor (DCALS-Main (Last names M-Z) & CTE)
Phone: 651-423-8513
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Betsy Eskierka
Information Management Assistant/Registrar 
Phone: 651-423-8447
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Norm Smith
School Counselor (Last Names A-L)
Phone: 651-423-8287
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Betsy Cook
Information Management Assistant/Registrar 
Phone: 651-403-8500
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Rachael Opseth
School Counselor
Phone: 651-403-8506
 Email Rachael Opseth


Program Info


1300 145th Street East
Rosemount, MN 55068
Phone: 651-423-8447

DCALS-Main Hours
Student: 8:00am-3:05pm



150 Marie Avenue East
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Phone: 651-403-8500
Fax: 651-332-5572

DCALS-North Hours
Student:  8:00am-3:05pm
Staff:  7:15am-3:15pm

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