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.
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.
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.
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.