About Grand Forks Public Schools

  • The Grand Forks and Grand Forks Air Force Base Public School Districts work together in a unique arrangement to serve approximately 7,400 students who attend schools in the two communities. Approximately 1,600 people are employed, including over 750 teachers and over 850 support and administrative staff. Two grades 9-12 high schools, one alternative high school, three grades 6-8 middle schools, 11 elementary schools, one combined elementary and middle school, and one Head Start Program comprise the arrangement of the schools.

    The schools of the two districts expect and receive a strong performance from the students. This is possible because of a rich curriculum design led by highly qualified teachers - 65% have master degrees and beyond. Parent and community support is strong and instrumental in the success of the schools. Emphasis is given to lower class size, curriculum, staff qualifications, and student achievement. The result is 96%+ average daily attendance, well-behaved students, safe comfortable schools, and academic results that exceed those of the state and nation.

    A Note from the Superintendent

    Welcome to the Grand Forks and Grand Forks Air Force Base School Districts! I am most humbled and grateful to serve as the 19th superintendent in communities that support public education from academics, co-curricular, to extra-curricular activities. There simply is no better place to live, work and play as our university city has much to offer.

    If you are new to Grand Forks, we welcome you. If you are a returning family, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life’s experience in this beautiful city. As a parent and community member, I couldn’t be more thrilled with year-round activities and offerings for K-12 age students; experiences that are either school district driven or sponsored by the Grand Forks Park District or through various other community-led organizations. Truly, there is something for everyone!

    This year is unlike no other in the history of public education. With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, we offered families the choice between a Pre-K-8th grade daily face-to-face instructional model at the school level, a 9th-12th grade hybrid model (students rotating every other day at the school level), and a daily remote learning educational model. In all venues, instruction is staffed by high-quality teachers who truly care about the academic and social-emotional development of students. While we know the experience is not perfect for every learner, teacher, and parent/guardian, it is our goal to focus on priority content standards applicable for students to master prior to subsequent school years. As always, I am open to hearing perspectives from all stakeholders.

    Last school year, our school district completed a rewrite of the original Strategic Plan that has been in place for several years. We commissioned a community-based Facilities Taskforce that worked between March through the fall of this school year. The Facilities Taskforce made recommendations to the school board in early December 2020 and will be followed by the school board participating in several work sessions between January and March ultimately deciding on the best path forward with our school facilities. It is anticipated that the school district will pursue a public referendum in June 2021 that will be wrapped around the Facilities Taskforce and Grand Forks School Board work. We are looking forward to continuing to move forward, providing the best possible education for all of our students in learning spaces that address equity and safety.

    As we position ourselves to be a lighthouse school district in the upper Midwest through the work of our incredibly talented team of educators and support staff across 19 campuses, I welcome your input, feedback, and perspective as our partner in this journey.

    Professionally Yours,

    Terry Brenner, Ed. D. 


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