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Mission: "All students will have the academic, social, and personal skills to be career, college, and community ready."

Vision: "Together, we inspire a passion for learning, discovery, and excellence."


Contact Information

Bismarck Public Schools
Hughes Education Center
806 North Washington Street
Bismarck ND 58501

Switchboard: 701-323-4000
Fax: 701-323-4001

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Welcome to Bismarck and the Bismarck Public School District

Bismarck is the capital city of North Dakota. It's centrally located in the state and in North America and is bordered on the west by the scenic Missouri River. Bismarck is an economically diverse, fast growing and dynamic community. The Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) for 2016 shows a population of about 100,000.

The Bismarck Public School District has been in the education business for 143 years (since 1873). The first graduating class was in 1887, when two people graduated. In 2016, 822 students graduated. The oldest building is part of BHS, built in 1934, and the newest buildings are Lincoln Elementary School and Liberty Elementary School, which opened in 2014. Legacy High School opened in the fall of 2015.

We are the largest school districts in the state, with 12,750 students in 2016-17 and 2,187 staff members. We have over 500 classrooms in 16 grade schools, 3 middle schools, 3 senior high schools, an alternative high school, a Career Academy and Technical Center, and an early childhood program.

Our drop-out rate in 2015-16 was .07%, or 19 students, and the average daily attendance was 96.6%. All of our schools are "accredited with commendation" by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Some schools have received "Blue Ribbon" awards, a high national honor.

Bismarck Public Schools requires 24 credits to graduate from high school. About 15% of students in grades 10-12 are members of the National Honor Society, and 24% of the seniors are Presidential Academic Fitness Award winners, maintaining an A- or higher GPA and score at the 85th percentile or above on a national achievement test.

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