Schools Are Outstanding
Part of caring for youth, of course, is providing excellent schools, and Grand Forks does just that. Grand Forks Public Schools, which comprises the Grand Forks and Grand Forks Air Force Base school districts, serves more than 7,200 students in two high schools, four middle schools, 11 elementary schools and a Head Start program. Attendance is well over 96 percent, and 65 percent of the teachers have master's degrees and beyond. The city also has five religiously-affiliated private elementary schools and a Montessori school.
The largest educational center in Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota, is also a major economic driver and cultural center. The university enrolls 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 85 countries in 225 fields of study, and is known worldwide as a top research university. The cultural amenities and UND’s NCAA Division I athletics are a boon to the community, which supports them wholeheartedly.
“On any given night you can find pretty much all of us out at a UND hockey game,” Brown says. “We have a great working relationship with the university, and we love it when our students come back to town after vacations.”