Minot AFB Community

Minot AFB


The Minot AFB Airman and Family Readiness staff can assist with issues related to the educational needs of those relocating to or from this area. The A&FRC staff improves transitional support for school children of Minot AFB personnel by advocating for military children, increasing awareness of the unique needs of military children, establishing partnerships between the base and local schools, and providing a process to address and resolve military-specific education issues (i.e. registration, graduation, and immunization requirements, etc.). Check out the new Military Child Education Guide for Minot Air Force Base for more detailed information regarding the educational opportunities available to your child in the local MAFB area, primarily Kindergarten through high school. To view our Military Child Education Brochure, Strategies for Success, and more helpful links, please also visit our Military Child Education Information site. Education in our community is a top priority.

There are no DoD schools at Minot AFB. The Minot Public School system operates the public schools that the base children will be attending. The Minot Public School District has 11 elementary schools located in Minot and two on base. There are two middle schools in Minot and one on base. There is one high school on two campuses: Central Campus (for grades 9 and 10) and Minot High School (for grades 11 and 12). Minot Public Schools also offers an Adult Learning Center, Head Start program and an alternative school. To access information on any of the schools go to the Minot Public Schools website and select the Our Schools tab. Other school districts within a short 10-30 mile commute from Minot AFB are Glenburn, Sawyer, Des Lacs/Burlington, and Surrey.


Base children are bused 13 miles to Minot to attend Central, Magic City, Souris River campuses all through the academic year. Base children are bused to Dakota, North Plains, and Memorial during the winter months. The buses run from November through March. Exact dates are always posted ahead of time.

Busing is provided for Preschool, Head Start, and special needs.

For families living in Minot the only bus service is for Preschool, special needs, and shuttles between Central and Magic City campuses. The city bus provides transportation at designated stops throughout the city. Route maps, rates and other general information can be found online. Monthly passes can be purchased for a student rate.

Private Schools

For private schools, Minot has a Catholic school system with two elementary schools, St. Leo’s and Little Flower, and a combined middle and high school, Bishop Ryan. There is also a Protestant K-12 school, Our Redeemer’s Christian School.


Parents may also select to participate in Home Schooling. The following question and answer web site will help with the North Dakota requirements.

School Year

All Public Schools have a 9 month school year. The school year begins before Labor Day and ends around Memorial Day.

Age Requirements

Age requirements for North Dakota Public Schools by State Law. If a child has not attended school before, parents must bring a birth certificate, or other proof of age, and shot records to the school at registration time.

  • Kindergarten: Child must be 5 years old by 1 August of the school year.
  • First Grade: Child must be 6 years old by 1 August of the school year.

School Statistics

Enrollment for the district averages 6,600 students and has a 14:1 student teacher ratio. The graduation rates for the public and private schools are 90% and 100% respectively, far above the national rate of 71%. Between 70 – 85% of public school graduates continue their education and 90% of those that graduate from the private Bishop Ryan High School continue on. There is one computer for every two students in the Minot school system. The Minot Public School District consistently scores above the state and national averages in the North Dakota Assessment and the American College Test (ACT).


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