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Dean Lakes Education Center

Location: 4601 Dean Lakes Boulevard | Shakopee, MN

Attendance: Karen Palmateer | (952) 567-8180

School Hours: 8:05 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Calendar: SouthWest Metro

Nutrition Program: Shakopee Public Schools


Transitions is a specially designed instructional program for students with disabilities ages 18-22 that provides a transition from the high school environment to the community or post-secondary education. Transitions serves students of varying levels of intellectual, academic, social/emotional, and/or functional needs. Students access community resources as they focus on developing skills to meet education, training, employment, and independent living goals.

As added opportunities, students also have access to the PAES lab (Practical Assessment Exploration System), non-paid work experiences, and Career & Technical Classes. PAES is a career exploration class that runs for an hour and a half for a semester. For students already employed, there is flexibility within the program for these students to utilize the time at work for seat time in school. CTE classes are housed at the 401 building in Chaska and others are at the Dean Lakes Education Center. Transportation is provided to these classes while school is in session.