The Grand Forks region has a long-standing commitment to education. With some of the highest attendance and graduation rates in the nation, our future workforce is raised on a strong tradition of high academic standards, dedication, and dependability.
Our public K-12 systems provide some of the best technical preparation programs in the Upper Midwest and area colleges and universities extend this training and education with unparalleled programs that are preparing thousands of young adults for careers in the fastest growing regional and global careers.
The region is home to one of two North Dakota elementary schools - Thompson Elementary School - named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.
There are 9 public school districts of Grand Forks County, where graduation rates average 85 percent. There are also four private schools in the county. Average ACT composite score for students in the county is 22.5, a full point higher than the state average. The Grand Forks Public School District, which includes elementary schools on the Grand Forks Air Force base, is the largest district with more than 7,000 students.
In Polk County, Minnesota, which includes East Grand Forks, there are 11 public school districts and five private schools. Graduation rates average above 80 percent. Schools throughout the two-county region have teacher - to - student ratios ranging from 9:1 to 16:1.
The region offers businesses ready access to post-secondary students, researchers, training programs, and more. Higher education in the region is anchored by the state's flagship, the University of North Dakota, which is consistently ranked in the Top 200 among U.S. News & World Reports best universities lists. The University of Minnesota-Crookston was named ranked by US News the #1 Midwest Regional Public College in 2013 and Mayville State University was #4 on the same list. Within an hour's distance from Grand Forks, there are nearly 50,000 higher education students who may become your next interns and employees.