ERATS and the Transcend Program

is proud to announce the first rural cohort of the Learner-Centered Leadership Lab (LCLL), a program specifically designed for the most forward-thinking and visionary systems leaders who are committed to putting learners first. Through the LCLL, and in tandem with the Rural Schools Design Community, 10 rural leaders from across the country will work collaboratively and support each other to create conditions that will enable learners to thrive in a world that is constantly evolving. 

In the spirit of learning from one another, the Transcend team recently spoke with superintendents from our newest rural cohort to learn more about what inspires them to do this work.   Read more here!

ERATS was selected as one of only 10 schools to partner with Transcend, a national education nonprofit organization, to be a part of their second cohort of the Rural Schools Design Community. This is a ten-month program where school administrators and faculty will prioritize reimagining our school model to better serve students and families. 

As part of this cohort, our school will convene multiple times and work with a Transcend coach to gain experience in centering student voices and leading a community-based school design process that will drive equitable results for all students. We will also integrate insights from science of learning and development and will have opportunities to learn from other rural school colleagues in our cohort, as well as innovative school models nationwide. There will also be opportunities to integrate your input into the process so students’ education experiences and outcomes better reflect the strengths and needs of our community. 

School Calendar
Due to our partnership and trainings with the Transcend program, our school calendar will look a bit different this year.  Our early release days will vary, and we will post weekly reminders for you.  Some of our vacation days will also change.  See the "Calendars" link on the top taskbar to view our 2023-2024 plan.
Assessment Schedule
For the most detailed information about our state and local testing, go to the Calendars tab above, and tap/click "Testing Calendar."

Most 11th graders will take the ACT (computer-based) on Wed., March 27.

10th and 11th graders will MCA test on Wed., April 17.
Any student enrolled in Biology will take the MCA Science test on Wed., April 24.

Our Spring STAR testing, all grades, will be the week of May 9.
Assessment Schedule
Interested in enrolling at ERATS?
We want to talk with you!  

Go to 'Parent Resources' above, and then tap 'Application to Enroll.'  

Our administrative assistant Sarah Stachovich or our director Tara Lere will then reach out to you about how your student can transfer to our school.
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Parents and community members are welcome to join our School Board.

For more information, contact:
Executive Director Tara Lere   
or call 218 744-7965 ext. 1100
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See our School Board pages for the meeting schedule.
East Range Academy
of Technology and Science

8541 Park Ridge Dr.
Mt. Iron, MN  55768

Phone:  (218) 744 - 7965
Fax:  (218) 744 - 2349
Our Mission


East Range Academy of Technology & Science's vision is to create an educational experience to guide our students on a road to success built on empowerment, relationships, accountability, and tailored support.



To empower students to develop academic and life skills by providing personalized learning that will prepare them to transition into an ever-changing world.

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  • Outdoor Adventures
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  • Adventures in the Zone!
  • kickboxing
  • worktime in Art
  • at our annual Winter Games
  • Wood crafting in the Shop.
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