The Independent School District 197 maintains a location in Mendota Heights, Minn. The district operates various elementary, high and middle schools. Its schools academic curriculum includes various subjects, such as arts, music and physical education. The district also provides various sports opportunities in football, swimming, soccer and volleyball. The Independent School District 197 also offers nutrition services and various food menus at its schools. The district s kindness project is an elementary counseling program based on the American School Counselor Association that provides one full-time counselor for each of the district s elementary schools. It owns and operates a fleet of more than 60 buses for transporting students safely to and from school. The Independent School District 197 publishes a district newsletter in English and Spanish.