About Us

About the Community

East Ridge School is a suburban high school that is part of the South Washington County School District, ISD #833. The district includes the communities of Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport, Woodbury, Grey Cloud Island and Afton, encompassing an area of 84 square miles. There are three high schools, one Alternative high school, four middle schools and 16 elementary schools.

About the School

East Ridge High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school in Woodbury, MN. East Ridge serves 1,836 students in grades 9–12 from the communities of Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park. The school opened in the fall of 2009 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 2011. High school classes are scheduled in a six-period day, with three trimesters (12 weeks) in each grading period.

About the Staff

There are 152 teachers and staff, of which 82% hold a master’s degree or higher.  The percentage of teachers that have 10 or more years of teaching experience is 64%.  More than half, 51%, of the staff act as advisers and /or coaches.

About the Curriculum

East Ridge is proud to offer a comprehensive selection of courses and programs in all academic areas. A complete listing of all curriculum offerings can be found in the 2016-17 Program of Studies catalog.

  • Advanced Placement
    • AP Art  
    • AP Biology  
    • AP Chemistry  
    • AP Physics
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • AP Microeconomics
    • AP Calculus  
    • AP Statistics  
    • AP Language/Composition
    • AP Literature/Composition
    • AP US History  
    • AP Human Geography
    • AP US Government & Politics
    • AP World History
    • AP Computer Science
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
    • Biomedical Science
      • Principles of Biomedical Sciences
      • Human Body Systems
      • Medical Interventions
      • Biomedical Innovation
  • Enginnering & Design
    • Intro to Engineering Design
    • Principles of Engineering
    • Biotechnical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering and Architecture
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
    • Computer Science and Software Engineering
    • Digital Electronics
    • Engineering Design and Development
  • College in the Schools (CIS)
    • Public Speaking
    • Writing
    • Algebra
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
    • Courses are taken at various colleges/universities for college and high school credit
    • PSEO is available to Juniors & Seniors who meet admission requirements
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
    • AVID prepares students for college and future success in a global society. How? By helping students build skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. Students enroll in rigorous classes, such as Honors, Advanced Placement, or College in the Schools, International Baccalaureate, and in the AVID elective. AVID students participate in activities to enrich their learning, motivate them, and make college seem possible. They gain an improved self-image and become academic leaders who are prepared for college. All students can benefit from AVID, but its target is the least served students in the academic middle. Learn more from your counselor or by visiting www.avid.org.
  • Honors Classes
    • English 9 & 10
    • Physical Science 9
  • Blended Learning/Hybrid
    • Business Law
    • Marketing & Social Media
    • US History
    • Political Science
    • US Government & Politics
    • Economics
    • AP Microeconomics
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • Psychology 
    • Sociology

Grading & Rank

Grade/Percentage Unweighted GPA Value Weighted GPA Value
A = 93-100% 4.0 4.8
A- = 90-92.99% 3.667 4.4004
B+ = 87-89.99% 3.333 3.9996
B = 83-86.99% 3.0 3.6
B- = 80-82.99% 2.667 3.2004
C+ = 77-79.99% 2.333 2.7996
C = 73-76.99% 2.0 2.4
C- = 70-72.99% 1.667 2.0004
D+ = 67-69.99% 1.333 1.5996
D = 63-66.99% 1.0 1.2
D- = 60-62.99% 0.667 0.8004
F = Below 59.99% 0.0 0.0
  • GPA is based on marks earned in grades 9-12. All courses in which the student receives a letter grade of A through F are calculated in the GPA. 
  • P/N not factored into GPA.
  • East Ridge High School does not calculate class rank for its students, per District 833 policy.

Weighted Grades

Students taking rigorous coursework in the following areas: Advanced Placement, College-in-the-Schools, Project Lead the Way, and University of Minnesota Talented Youth Math Program have weighted grades using a 1.2 multiplier.

Class Rank

Beginning with the 2014 graduating class, East Ridge High School does not rank students on their GPA’s. Due to the nature of our curriculum and the ability of our students, we believe that statistical class rank would represent an inaccurate assessment of a student’s abilities and potential for collegiate success.  We are fully aware that our position creates extra work for your professional staff, and we appreciate your efforts.

Graduation Requirements

Subject Credits Needed
English 12
Social Studies 9
Economics (Business or Social Studies) 1
Math 9
Science (Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics) 9
Fine Arts* 2
Health (Embedded for class of 2017 and beyond) 1
General Physical Education 1
Electives 22
Total credits to graduate 66

*Refer to page 6 in Program of Studies for more details.

For more information regarding Graduation Requirements, please see the 2016-17 Program of Studies catalog.