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
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.