K-12 Education

Minnesota is renowned for its strong public education system. The State of Minnesota spends $13,016 per student for K-12 education; that's $581 more than the national average. There are 14.5 pupils per teacher; that's about one less than in the United States as a whole. Test scores frequently exceed state and national averages, and partnerships with local universities allow high school students to earn technical skills and college credits before graduation. Northland schools set kids on paths for success in all walks of life, from degrees at world-renowned universities to skills and trades for professions that strengthen the region's eonomy.

Data includes all traditional public high schools in the Northland. Private, charter, and alternative learning options also exist within the region.

 
  K - 12 Education

 

 High School

Grad. Rate

Annual Grads (2015)

Average ACT (2016)

Pupil/Teacher Ratio

 Aitkin

93%

80

19.7

16.8

 Barnum

94%

50

20.4

16.4

 Bigfork

96%

22

20.1

18

 Carlton

97%

33

17.9

14.1

 Cherry

79%

19

19.6

16.7

 Chisholm

85%

33

19.1

16.7

 Cloquet

93%

138

21

19.6

 Cook County (Grand Marais, MN)

82%

36

20.8

16.4

 Cromwell-Wright

93%

27

21.2

12.4

 Deer River

87%

47

18.8

16.6

 Duluth Denfeld

75%

174

19

18.4

 Duluth East

95%

359

22.9

18.4

 Ely

97%

32

21.8

17.1

 Esko

96%

76

22.7

16

 Eveleth-Gilbert

94%

75

18.8

16.7

 Floodwood

88%

22

17.4

12

 Grand Rapids

96%

210

20.3

20.3

 Greenway (Coleraine, MN)

99%

66

19.6

19.5

 Hermantown

96%

160

22.1

20.8

 Hibbing

86%

134

21.2

19.5

 Hill City

97%

32

19.6

11.7

 International Falls

87%

74

19

18.4

 Littlefork-Big Falls

100%

27

20.7

16.1

 McGregor

96%

22

18.3

12.3

 Mesabi East (Aurora, MN)

89%

47

18.3

18.6

 Moose Lake

91%

48

20.7

15.2

 Mountain Iron-Buhl

85%

33

20.3

14.4

 Nashwauk-Keewatin

78%

25

17.7

15.4

 North Woods (Cook, MN)

87%

41

20.1

16.7

 Northeast Range (Babbitt, MN)

88%

22

17.9

16.7

 Northome

71%

15

20.1

8.2

 Northwestern (Maple, WI)

94%

107

20.4

14.1

 Proctor

90%

106

20.3

20.7

 Silver Bay

97%

33

19.4

17.6

 Solon Springs

88%

22

17.1

10.7

 South Ridge (Culver, MN)

80%

37

19.8

16.7

 Superior

90%

313

19.6

14.1

 Two Harbors

94%

82

21.9

17.6

 Virginia

91%

80

20.8

17.2

 Wrenshall

92%

36

18.3

16.1

 Region

91%

2,995

20.4

17.3

 Minnesota

88%

 

21.1

15.4

 Wisconsin

88%

 

20.5

15.7

 USA

83%

 

20.8*

15.8


 * MN and WI are among the handful of states that require all students to take the ACT. Statewide scores dropped by an average of 1.6 after this requirement was enacted in 2016.
 Sources: Minnesota Department of Education, Wisconsin Department of Education, National Education Association