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With some of the best schools in the nation, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo is a great place to learn. The metro is home to two universities, one private college, several community and technical schools, and nationally recognized elementary and secondary education institutions.

The School Scoop

  • 94.7% percent of Fargo’s population are high school grads or higherSource: 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
  • Fargo was named the #1 best small college town in March 2016 by Schools.com
  • Moorhead’s Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s campus opened a new $6.5 million Transportation Center in 2016
  • North Dakota and Minnesota are the 7th and 8th states, respectively, with best schools in 2015 according to Wallet Hub
  • Fargo Public Schools is the second largest school district in North Dakota
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked Fargo North High School the #1 high school in the state based on student performance in English language, arts, math and science
  • The average elementary class size in Fargo public schools is 20
  • In the fall of 2016, Fargo’s new Eagles Elementary School in Fargo opened its doors to 326 students
  • Brooks Harbor Elementary, a new West Fargo school, is scheduled to open in the fall 2017, the result of a $98.1 million bond referendum passed last November
  • Moorhead’s newest k- 4th grade school will be Dorothy Dodds Elementary, opening fall 2017, and will house 750 students
  • Let’s Move! Active Schools honored West Fargo's Legacy Elementary and L.E. Berger Elementary with 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Awards
  • West Fargo was named the smartest city in North Dakota by Zippia
  • Fargo was named the #1 best small city for new grads by onlinedegrees.com in August 2016.
  • Public Schools

    Location Facilities Enrollment
    Barnesville Public Schools

    2 835
    Casselton Public Schools 3 831
    Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Public Schools 4 1,628
    Fargo Public Schools 22 11,265
    Hawley Public Schools 3 978
    Mapleton 1 89
    Moorhead Area Public Schools 6 6,530
    Northern Cass 1 610
    West Fargo Public Schools 17 9585


    Private and Parochial Schools

    Location Facilities Enrollment
    Dakota Montessori School 1 173
    JP II Catholic Schools Neetwork 5 1,225
    Grace Lutheran School 1 82
    Oak Grove Lutheran School

    2 525
    Park Christian School 1 432
    St. Joseph’s School 1 240


    Post-Secondary and Higher Education

    Facility Location Enrollment
    Concordia College Moorhead 2,114
    Minnesota State Community & Technical College Moorhead 2,209
    Minnesota State University Moorhead Moorhead 5,844
    North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton 3,003
    North Dakota State University Fargo 14,432

    Rasmussen College

    Fargo, Moorhead, Bismarck 749*
    University of Jamestown Fargo 1,134
    University of Mary/Fargo Center Fargo 150

    Based on fall enrollment 2016; * indicates 2015 enrollment


    North Dakota - Cass County
    Number of programs346
    Licensed capacity10,444
    Programs open on the weekend10
    Source: Child Care Aware of ND, surveyed January to June 2016.
      Moorhead Barnesville Dilworth
    Head Starts 3 0 1
    Child Care Centers 13 2 3
    Family Centers 122 12 24
    Preschool 3 0 0
    School Readiness 4 0 2
    Source: Child Care Aware of Minnesota, October 2016

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