About Simley High School
Smiley HS
Simley High School was named for I.T. Simley, the retired Superintendent of Schools from South St. Paul who served as a consultant to Inver Grove Heights during the District’s transition years. Simley’s first graduating class was the Class of ’61, with 19 graduates.

Today, Simley High School is a comprehensive secondary school with a student population of about 1,200 in grades nine through twelve. The school is staffed by more than 75 professionals.

Simley is dedicated to excellence in academics, offering more than 230 required and elective trimester courses to allow students to design programs to meet their individual needs and talents. Computers are used in both computer labs and in the classroom.

Advanced classes are offered in mathematics, science, English, social studies, art and more. Students in AP classes are tested in May and may become eligible to earn college credit depending on the results of their AP test. Special education services are available in the areas of learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, mildly/moderately mentally disabled, speech/language delays, and adapted physical education.

Simley's award-winning Alternative Learning Program is a high school educational experience designed to meet the needs of students who, for a variety of reasons, are not successful in the traditional school setting. Challenge based learning opportunities drive the program. Collaboration and technology integration are the two main components of challenge based learning. Students aged 16-21 are eligible to attend the alternative program.

Simley students are able to select activities from a variety of athletic and fine arts programs. In addition, students are challenged in academic organizations such as Knowledge Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Math Team, Speech and Destination ImagiNation.

The school year is divided into three trimesters, spanning approximately twelve weeks in length each. To be eligible for graduation from Simley High School, a student must have earned 66 trimester credits in grades 9-12. 

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