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Academic Excellence

Students must have 24 credits to graduate from a high school in our district vs. 22 in North Dakota.

15% of our high school sophomores, juniors and seniors earn National Honor Society distinction (grade B or better).

88% of high school seniors plan to pursue higher education (4 year, 2 year, or tech. college).

12 Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings: biology, calculus A & B, chemistry, computer science, English 11 & 12, government, physics I & II, psychology, and U.S. history. Credits transfer to the college level upon successful test completion. More than 50% of our juniors and seniors take at last one AP class.

High school juniors and seniors consistently score above state and national averages on the ACT.

Students in grades 4, 8, and 11 consistently score above state and national averages on the ND State Assessment in math and reading.

24% of BPS seniors earned Presidential Academic Awards in 2015-2016 for maintaining A- or higher grade point averages and 85th percentile or above scores on a national achievement test.


The annual drop out rate for seniors in 2015-2015 was 0.7% or 19 students. The adjusted cohort drop out rate for students in grades 9-12 was 9.7% in 2014-2015, the most recent year available.

The percent of attendance in '15-16 was 96.6%.

All schools are Accredited with Commendation by the N.D. Department of Public Instruction, as well as accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools.

A number of schools have been named "Blue Ribbon" schools --the highest state and national honor: Highland Acres and Northridge Elementary Schools, Horizon Middle School, and Bismarck and Century High Schools.


Largest school district in the state with 12,358 students at the start of the 2015-16 school year.

We have 16 elementary schools, 3 middle level schools, 3 senior highs, an alternative high school, the Career Academy, Bismarck Technical Center, and the BECEP preschool ages 0-6 program.

The average class size for K-5 was 20 students in 2015-16; 24 in grades 6-8; 22 in grades 9-12.

Quality Staff

In 2015-16, we had 1050 teachers, 943 support staff, 93 professional support staff, and 53 administrators for a total of 2,139 full and part-time staff.

About 50% of our administrators and teachers have master's degrees or higher.


We've been in the education business for 143 years, since 1873. First graduating class of two was in 1887; in May 2016, BPS graduated 822 seniors.

The oldest building is part of Bismarck High School (1934). The newest elementary schools are Lincoln and Liberty (2014). Legacy High School opened in the fall of 2015.

Schools and Other Buildings

BECEP (Bismarck Early Childhood Education Program)
Centennial Elementary School
Grimsrud Elementary School
Highland Acres Elementary School
Liberty Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Miller Elementary School
Moses Elementary School
Murphy Elementary School
Myhre Elementary School
Northridge Elementary School
Pioneer Elementary School
Prairie Rose Elementary School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Solheim Elementary School
Sunrise Elementary School
Will-Moore Elementary School
Horizon Middle School
Simle Middle School
Wachter Middle School
Bismarck High School
Century High School
Legacy High School
South Central High School
Bismarck Technical Center
Career Academy
Facilities & Transportation Department
Hughes Educational Center (administrative offices)

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