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School Start Times

An idea to improve achievement, address mental health concerns

School start times will be changing for elementary and secondary students beginning in the 2025-2026 school year.

New Start Times (2025-2026)

Stillwater Area Public School Start Times

  • Elementary schools: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Middle schools: 8:35 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
  • High school: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • St. Croix Valley ALC and Bridge Transition: 8:55 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Charters and Non-Public Start Times 

  • New Heights: 7:55 a.m. -2:25 p.m.

  • Salem Lutheran: 8:05 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

  • St. Croix Catholic: 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

  • St. Croix Prep: 9:30-9:45 a.m. - 4-4:15 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read responses to common questions about a change to school start times.

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Research & Medical Evidence

Check out just some of the research compiled over 25 years on the benefits of later start times.

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Why change start times?

The idea of starting the high school day later has been brought up in the district many times. A later start time for high school and middle school students aligns with medical evidence and scientific research on the sleep cycles of teens and children. Many districts - including nearly all of our neighbors and most of the schools in our athletic conference - have already made the change to push back high school start times.

Schools that have made the change have seen significantly improved grades, reduced tardiness, reduced absenteeism, and improved graduation rates. Later start times for teens also results in less reported depression, fewer discipline incidents, fewer emotional outbursts, reduced risky behavior, and fewer car accidents. 

Research also suggests an early start for elementary students increases prime morning instructional time, which is advantageous to younger learners, especially children with emotional and behavioral disorders.

 


 

Background Information

Sleep expert Dr. Lisa Meltzer presented research on the sleep needs of students and the impact of school start times to the school board on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Check out the Pony Voices podcast for a discussion about why district leaders are considering a change and how it could impact kids - and families - at all levels.

View Start Time presentations

Dec. 19, 2023: Start Time Proposal Slideshow | Watch the school board discussion

Dec. 5, 2023: Healthy Start Times Slideshow [watch video of Dr. Meltzer posted above]

April 11, 2023: Start Time Options Slideshow | Watch the school board meeting