Welcome to Sibley East 

"The Sibley East Schools proudly serve the communities of Arlington, Gaylord, and Green Isle, MN, along with rural residents throughout Sibley and Nicollet Counties.

Students in grades Pre-K through 5 attend school in Gaylord, and students in grades 6-12 attend school in Arlington.  Our district residents recently made a significant commitment to providing outstanding, state-of-the-art school facilities. The brand new Gaylord facility opened in the fall of 2017. Also in the 2017-18 school year, the newly remodeled and expanded Arlington facility opened.

Our entire Sibley East Staff is committed to educational excellence and growth for all, where we learn and succeed together as one community.  Please take the time to explore the opportunities that Sibley East can offer to your student, family, and all district residents through our academic, community education, and adult basic education programs."
James Amsden, Superintendent

Our Communities
(East to West)

Location and Geographic Amenities

Due to its advantageous location, district residents have one hour access to the Twin City Metropolitan Area and 45 minute access to the greater Mankato area.  In addition, its location on the SW side of the metro area makes it very close to Lake Waconia, Lake Minnetonka, Valleyfair, etc.   The charming community of New Ulm is also close at hand to the west, as well as the picturesque Minnesota River Valley just to the east.

The area's proximity to major centers of commerce also provides work possibilities for many.

Green Isle
Green Isle is located on the northeastern edge of the school district at the intersections of Minnesota 5 and 25. It is a community of approximately 800, which provides a rural style of living, attractive to many.  Green Isle is proud of its state champion amateur baseball team and ball park, beautiful churches, and its town park.  Due to its closer proximity to the metro area, Green Isle has seen the greatest percentage of population growth in the school district.
Arlington is located in the center of the school district on Minnesota Highway 5. Its population is approximately 2,300.

(Photo: Restoration of 1890 Firehouse on Main Street)

Arlington is known for its vibrant, classic Main Street business district, its beautiful community center, championship amateur baseball teams, which play at an outstanding ball field owned by the school district, and Arli-Dazzle, the now famous lighted Christmas parade and festival.  This well-kept community boasts the Sibley Medical Center, part of the Ridgeview network, and five lovely parks. 

Arlington hosts the Sibley East High School and Middle School, which has a major addition and complete remodel of the retained portion of the complex. The new facility opened in 2017.  

Photo: Restored Lido Theater Marquee, Arlington

Gaylord has a similar population to Arlington.  It is located at the western end of the district at the intersections of Minnesota Highways 5, 19, and 22 and borders Titloe Lake.  Gaylord is a very progressive community and is home to the county seat and active industries.  Michael Foods has a very large processing facility in the community and there are a number of other industrial operations. The city is proud of its comprehensive library and aquatic center, among other amenities. 

Gaylord hosts the new Sibley East Elementary School, which also opened in 2017.




School District Profile


Sibley East School District was consolidated on July 1, 1995 and represents the communities of Arlington, Gaylord, and Green Isle located in south central Minnesota. 


The school district covers 247 square miles in the eastern half of Sibley County and northern Nicollet County.   Campuses are located in the communities of Arlington and Gaylord. The district office is located in Arlington. See map here.

Student Population

Student population for school year 2016-17 is 1199 of which 30% is minority.  The district is extremely  proud of its very well mannered, diverse student body.

New Facilities

As of the 2018-19 school year, the $43,000,000 district building program is essentially complete, although some details remain to be settled with the contractor. The project included a new K-5 elementary school (including school age care and preschool) in Gaylord and a major addition to the existing high school and a compete remodel of the original building.  The elementary school in Arlington was demolished as part of the project.

Cutting Edge Technology

Our students benefit from state of the art technology in the classroom including a 1:1 iPad initiative, SMART boards in all classrooms, and fully networked buildings. The available technology allows for the instruction of 21st century skills in all classrooms and across all curricular areas. Outside the classroom, there are a wide variety of academic and extra-curricular activities available to all students. This allows students to engage in many areas of interest and develop skills through a wide range of experiences.

Sibley East Community Connections

Many partnerships between the school, business, community, along with city and county government allow Sibley East Schools to provide extensive programs in the areas of agricultural education, health occupations, community education, and alcohol and drug prevention. 

Sibley East Schools, in partnership with district residents, is committed
to educational excellence and growth for all.


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