GRAND FORKS AFB SCHOOLS: DAYCARE - HIGH SCHOOL
By Tracy Fuga
IntroductionAre you ready to move to your new duty station in North Dakota? While moving can be stressful — you have to find a place to live and figure out where your kids are attending school or what childcare facilities are available — it can also be exciting. Luckily, there will be no shortage of quality schools and options for your children around Grand Forks AFB. See for yourself.
Suggested Read:Grand Forks AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center
North Dakota School EnrollmentTo be enrolled in a North Dakota school for kindergarten, children must be five years of age before August 1 of the school year unless the child turns five before December 1 and passes a development and readiness screening. Registration typically requires a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, documentation of residency and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. Visit the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction website for more information. Check with individual schools for additional enrollment requirements prior to arriving.
Schools in Grand Forks AFBFor service personnel living on Grand Forks Air Force Base, you will send your children to the primary school on base. Otherwise, your child will enroll in a school in Grand Forks Public Schools or East Grand Forks Public Schools, depending on your address. Wherever they attend, rest assured that they’ll have access to the finest education possible. And if your child requires extra assistance, reach out to the school liaison as soon as you receive orders to ease the transition for your child.
Grand Forks AFB Elementary Schools
1. Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School1422 Louisiana St. Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND 58204
Phone: 1 (701) 787-5100 In April 2014, the Grand Forks Air Force Base School Board voted to consolidate Nathan F. Twining Elementary and Middle School and Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School for the start of the 2014-2015 school year, and Carl Ben Eielson School was closed. Nathan Twining has an enrollment of approximately 280 students in grades K-8.
Grand Forks AFB Middle SchoolsSee information above.
Grand Forks AFB High SchoolsAll high schools are off base and listed below.
Schools Near Grand Forks AFBThere are a number of public schools, private schools and other options for school-aged children living near Grand Forks AFB.
Grand Forks Public Schools2400 47th Ave. S Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 1 (701) 746-2200 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. The district consists of two high schools, one alternative high school, three middle schools, 10 elementary schools, one combined elementary and middle school, and one Head Start Program. Many students have ties to nearby Grand Forks Air Force Base.
East Grand Forks Public Schools1420 Fourth Ave. NW East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Phone: 1 (218) 773-3494 East Grand Forks Public Schools sits 20 miles and across state lines from Grand Forks AFB. The district is organized into four schools: New Heights, which is a kindergarten through second grade school: South Point, which is a third grade through fifth grade school; Central Middle School which houses the sixth through eighth grades, and the Senior High School for grades nine through 12.
Elementary Schools Near Grand Forks AFB
1. Discovery Elementary School
District: Grand Forks Public Schools 3300 43rd Ave. S Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 1 (701) 787-4359 About 19 miles from Grand Forks AFB sits Discovery Elementary School. The school opened in 2015 and students can participate in soccer, flag football, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling, track, and floor hockey.
2. Century Elementary School
District: Grand Forks Public Schools 290 E. 12th Ave. North Grand Forks, ID 83647
Phone: 1 (208) 587-2585 Century Elementary School is a diverse elementary school that sits about 18 miles from Grand Forks AFB’s front gate. The nearly 450 pre-K through fifth grade students at Century Elementary benefit from a variety of programs designed for student success.
Middle Schools Near Grand Forks AFB
1. South Middle School
District: Grand Forks Public Schools 1999 47th Ave. S Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 1 (701) 746-2345 South Middle School sits about 20 miles from Grand Forks AFB’s front gate. The middle school was certified in Marzano High-Reliability Schools Level 1 - Safe, Supportive, and Collaborative Culture.
High Schools Near Grand Forks AFB
1. Grand Forks Central High School
District: Grand Forks Public Schools 115 N. Fourth St. Grand Forks, ND 58203
Phone: 1 (701) 746-2375 Grand Forks Central High School is the closest high school to Grand Forks AFB, with nearly 1,000 students. The majority of the school’s graduates go on to two- and four-year colleges.
Charter Schools Near Grand Forks AFBCharter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students, and have open enrollment. North Dakota does not currently have public charter schools or public magnet schools. For more information about educational offerings in the state, visit the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s website.
Private Schools Near Grand Forks AFBParents who choose to send their children to a private school near Grand Forks AFB are met with only a few (but great) options. The private schools in the area have a religious affiliation but they do not skimp on academics. According to Private School Review, these are the best private schools in the area.
1. Holy Family-St. Mary's School1001 17th Ave. S Grand Forks, ND 58201 Phone: 1 (701) 775-9886 Holy Family-St. Mary's School serves nearly 100 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The school’s staff has a strong academic curriculum specializing in music, media and Spanish for all grade levels.
2. St. Michael’s School504 Fifth Ave. N Grand Forks, ND 58203 Phone: 1 (701) 772-1822 St. Michael's School serves about 160 students in pre-K through fifth grade. The Roman Catholic school offers a ton of extracurriculars for its students, including literacy club, art club and athletic programs.
Daycares Near Grand Forks AFBLeaving your child in someone else’s care is not an easy decision. When looking for the right daycare facility, reading reviews on sites like Care.com and Yelp and visiting a few options in person when possible is the best way to make a decision about where to send your child. There are also family child care options on base at Grand Forks AFB, including a child development center, community center, family child care and youth programs.
ConclusionMoving to a new place can be difficult for you and your children but ensuring their education is taken care of right away helps alleviate this burden. There are plenty of school options near Grand Forks AFB to make sure your children’s mental and physical well-being will be well taken care of. Use the above information to help narrow down your choices so you can rest easy and spend your time on something else, like finding new restaurants to try, exploring the Red River’s waterfront parks and trails, or catching a concert at the Alerus Center.
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