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Fast Facts about Bismarck Public Schools

Number of facilities: 28
16 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 3 senior highs, 1 alternative high school, an early childhood center, a Technical Center, a Career Academy, a Facilities and Transportation building, and the Hughes Educational Center for administration.

Number of employees: 2,187 in the fall of 2016.
We are one of the largest employers in Bismarck with 1,055 teachers, 1,132 support staff & administrators for a total of 2,187 people; 50% of our employees have master's degrees or higher.

Enrollment: 12,758
We are the largest district in the state. The opening day enrollment for 2016-2017: kindergarten was 948; elementary (1-5) was 5,162; middle school (6-8) was 2,895; senior high (9-12) was 3,703.

Average Class Size: 20
The average class size grades K-5 in 2015-2016 is 20 students.

Percent of Attendance: 96.6%
In 2015-2016, the average daily attendance rate in BPS was 96.6%.

Drop Out Rate: .07%
Our dropout rate for 2015-16 was .07% for a total of 19 students.

Graduation Numbers: 822
In May of 2016, Bismarck High graduated 369 students; Century graduated 428; and South Central had 25 graduates.

National Honor Society & Presidential Awards:
In 2015-16, 15% of sophomores, juniors and seniors were inducted into the NHS with grades of B or higher; 24% of seniors had grades of A- or higher to earn Presidential Education Awards.

ACT Test Score: 21.5 (BHS-CHS combined)
The composite American College Test score for BHS for 2014-2015 was 20.5; CHS was 22.5. The state average was 20.6; national was 21.0. A perfect score is 36.

Grade Configuration: K-5, 6-8, 9-12
Elementary is K-5; middle school is 6-8; high school is 9-12.

Socio-Economic Status: 22.1%
We use free and reduced meals as our basis for determining SES. In 2015-2016, the number of students who qualified for free and reduced meals was 2,711 or 22.1%.

Student Race: 84% Caucasian
For 2015-16, the racial breakdown of BPS students was Caucasian, 84%; American Indian, 9%; Other, 7%.

Computers: 9,488
Our district has 9,488 useable student computers for a student-to-computer ratio of 1.3 to 1 in 2015-2016.

Budget: $159 million
In 2016-2017, our district budget is about $159 million. Taxpayers with a $100,000 home will pay about $449 in school property taxes. In 2015-16, it costs BPS $9,926 to educate each student; the state average is 10,523.



Post-Secondary Plans
  Class of 2016 BHS CHS
4-year college 54.3% 51%
2-year college 31.5% 38%
Tech school 0% 1.5%
Military 3.7% 1.5%
Work/Job Market 4.0% 5.4%
Undecided 6.5% 2.6%

For questions: call Renae Walker, Community Relations, 701-323-4091 or renae_walker@bismarckschools.org.


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