The Fergus Falls Public Schools has seen an increase of 172 students since the beginning of last year, for a total enrollment of 2,869 students. 65 of the new students are in our local buildings and 107 students are registered online with iQ Academy Minnesota.
Most of the 447 iQ Academy students are open enrolled to our District from around the state. We have a total of 68 students at the Area Learning Center in grades 9-12; 188 students in kindergarten; 198 students in first grade; 196 students in second grade; 188 students in third grade; 208 students in fourth grade; 179 students in fifth grade; 175 students in sixth grade; 186 students in seventh grade; 169 students in eighth grade; 166 students in ninth grade; 164 students in 10th grade; 158 students in 11th; and 179 seniors.
About the district
A great way to learn about our School District is to go to our website (www.isd544.org) — which contains information on schools, activities, policies, handbooks, employment opportunities, alert system sign up, etc. This column will also provide a brief summary of our school district.
In addition to K-12 class offerings, the Fergus Falls Public Schools offer preschool classes for young families. Both Early Childhood Education and Otter Preschool are available. Community Education is a key part of the District offering classes for the young and more experienced citizens — the fall brochure is now available outlining a variety of opportunities.
Students at our three elementary schools are placed by grade level. McKinley Elementary houses eight sections of kindergarten students and two sections of first grade – this year enrollment at McKinley started with 239 students. The 343 students at Adams Elementary are divided into six sections of first grade and eight sections of second grade. Cleveland Elementary is the largest elementary building housing 575 students in grades three through five.
A very unique opportunity for fourth and fifth grade students is spending part of their day at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. About two-thirds of each grade level spends about two hours and 30 minutes there each day — either in the morning or afternoon.
Students are taught many subjects at the Prairie, with the focus on outdoor science education. We are still the only school in the nation with an everyday outdoor education option for students!
Kennedy Secondary School is the home to both the Fergus Falls Middle School (6-8) and the Fergus Falls High School (9-12). KSS has separate wings for the 6-8 grade students. Students in grades 6-12 have access to the Gold and Maroon gyms, pool, media center and music rooms. We began school this year with 1,197 students enrolled at KSS.
Roosevelt Education Education is an extension of the high school. Along with the Community Ice Area, REC houses Community Education, online iQ Academy Minnesota, the Area Learning Center, and the Vocational Wing including an auto shop, wood shop, small engines and the newly remodeled Modern Manufacturing Learning Lab.
All students in ninth grade are required to take Introduction to Tech ED. Students are introduced to a number of areas including photography, digital imagery, electronics, CAD drafting, graphics, automotive technology, woods/carpentry, metals, small gas engines and agriscience.
The high school offers a robust curriculum for technical and college bound students. Junior and senior students have the opportunity to take College in the High School courses or may elect Postsecondary enrollment options in area colleges. Graduates of the three district high schools — Fergus Falls High School, Fergus Falls Area Learning Center and iQ Academy Minnesota — all receive the same Fergus Falls Public Schools’ diploma.