School Hours: 7:50 a.m.-2:26 p.m. | Phone: 651-425-6800 | Attendance line: 651-425-6868
Cottage Grove Middle School serves students in sixth through eighth grades and is part of South Washington County Schools. At Cottage Grove Middle School, each grade is divided into "houses" with one group of students working with one group of teachers throughout the school year. These teachers work as a team and meet daily to help every student succeed. School staff members also provide encouragement and support to each student to develop each individual. Building character is an important part of the school’s mission and in 2017, it was recognized as a Minnesota Emerging School of Character by Character.org.
Along with academics, there are many extracurricular and leadership opportunities at Cottage Grove Middle School including athletics, music, theater, robotics, chess and service-learning clubs. All students are encouraged to explore their interests and become involved in their school community.
Voters in the South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) district did not approve the $462.6 million bond request.
Minnesota offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students through the K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction. These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes to increase their refund, but is only available for those who keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips and musical instruments for school band are eligible.
For the 2022-23 school year, COVID-19 will require a response in the same way we address communicable diseases (flu, rotavirus, etc.). SoWashCo Schools will follow communicable disease procedures from local public health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Due to nationwide shortages of certain food items, SoWashCo Schools menus may not accurately reflect what will be served that day. When possible, the Department of Nutrition Services will replace meals with similar choices and avoid any additional allergens. Please follow the guidelines below to remain aware of ongoing changes, especially if your child has any allergies or dietary restrictions.
Starting fall 2022, there will be several important changes to meal services at South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools). School breakfast and lunches will no longer be free for all students due to the expiration of federal United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) waivers.
South Washington County Schools is pleased to provide families with an easy way to complete online forms and review and update household contact information for the 2022-23 school year. All families must complete this update between July 15 and Aug. 1.
CGMS Summer Update - June 20
Parent and guardian voice is a valuable part of the process to help SoWashCo Schools develop the best strategic plan possible.
Over the next 10 years, more than 3,500 potential new K-12 students are expected to move into the district. Current projections show that 15 schools will be over capacity and we will have a deficit of nearly 2,500 K-12 seats for students by 2031 if we do nothing. To help, SoWashCo Schools will ask voters to consider approval of a $462.6 million bond on Aug. 9, 2022.
SoWashCo Schools responds to the recent shooting death tragedies in a New York grocery store and an elementary school in Texas.
Please review our safety protocols and how we ensure student safety. We have also provided resources for families about how to answer your child's questions about what they are seeing on the news.
Learn more about the importance of the bond election and what will need to happen if the bond is not successful.
Meals are available to students in grades 6-12 for this Friday’s flexible learning day. Families can pick up two free meals (one breakfast and one lunch) for their child in middle or high school from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the East Ridge High School activities entrance or the Park High School main entrance.
SoWashCo Schools is debuting a new online school boundary tool that will make it easier for families to determine which school their child will attend based on their home address.
The new mapping tool makes it easy for families to type in their address to find their elementary, middle or high school boundary. Users can even zoom in on a specific street to see which boundary school is designated for that area.