As the school year begins, some Anoka-Hennepin students are switching schools as the district’s new attendance boundaries kick in.

Two new elementary schools are open this year, but that’s not the primary driver behind the boundary shifts.

The main reason for the change was to rebalance school attendance in the face of recent population growth, according to the district.

Schools in the southern two-thirds of the district, where most of the schools are clustered, had fewer students than the schools in the northern third, where most of the growth is taking place. Blaine and Ramsey in particular are contributing to the growth in the north.

The majority of changes are happening at the elementary level, but Blaine and Coon Rapids middle schools are also seeing significant adjustments.

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