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Admission Proccess:

New families to Bismarck Public Schools will need to make an appointment with the Central Registration office to register their children for school. Go online to www.bismarckschools.org and complete the required paperwork under the Registration & Transfer link on the left. Before a child can be enrolled, Bismarck Schools will need to establish residency. The Central Registration office will require a state-certified birth certificate, updated immunization records, etc. Call (701) 323-4110 with questions or to make an appointment.

Adult Education:

Bismarck Public School District's Adult Learning Center is located in the Bismarck Technical Center, 1200 College Drive which is on the campus of Bismarck State College. Services include GED preparation, college prep., math and reading skill building, English Language Learning/Civics, Displaced Homemakers, and Careers/Life Skills. Full-time, part-time and online classes are available on an open entry/exit basis with students moving at their own pace. Call (701) 323-4530 to get more information on registration.

Advanced Placement:

Bismarck, Century and Legacy High Schools offer 12 Advanced Placement (AP) classes: biology, AB calculus, BC calculus, chemistry, computer science, government, physics I & II, psychology, English literature, English composition, and U.S. history. At the end of the course, students who successfully complete AP exams receive college credit from participating colleges/universities. To learn more, visit with a high school counselor.

After-School Programs:

All of our elementary schools have fee-based after-school programs. Most offer BLAST (Bismarck's Life After School Time) run by the Parks and Recreation Department. Students participate in supervised arts and crafts activities, organized games and recreation. The program is run from 3-6 p.m. on school days. In 2016-17, BLAST schools are Centennial, Grimsrud, Liberty, Miller, Murphy, Northridge, Prairie Rose, Solheim, and Sunrise. Call the Parks and Recreation Department, 701-222-6771, for information. MREC (Missouri River Educational Cooperative) receives federal funds to run programs at Moses, Myhre, Pioneer, and Will-Moore. Lincoln has a fee-based program run by the MREC. Hours of operation are 7-8 am and 3-5:30 for the grant sites and 3-6 pm for Lincoln. MREC sites provide a healthy snack, recreation time, homework help, and 65% engaging academic time. Roosevelt and Highland Acres run their own after-school programs. Call those two schools for information.

Assessments:

In grades K-5, the school district uses Aimsweb to measure student progress in both reading and math. This assessment is administered in the fall, winter and spring. We also use Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing in reading and math twice a year in grades 3 through 8. The ND State Assessments (NDSA) is given in grades 3-8 and 11 each spring. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is given in grades 4, 8 and 11 every other year. Grades 9 and 10 take an ACT assessment called Aspire. All juniors take the ACT in the spring. To see some of these test scores, go to the "Testing" section of this document.

Athletics:

See Extracurricular

Attendance:

School attendance is a high priority in the community. In 2015-2016, the average daily attendance rate in Bismarck Public Schools was 96.6%. North Dakota law requires compulsory attendance in public school for children under the age of 16. Student handbooks spell out specific attendance policies for elementary, middle level, and senior high students, including types of excused and unexcused absences. Senior highs have a final test exemption policy for regular attendance, which is outlined in their student handbooks.

BECEP:

BECEP stands for Bismarck Early Childhood Education Program. Four different programs are available for eligible preschool-age children.
  • Right Track provides in-home developmental screenings for children ages 0 to 3, and information and support services for their parents in Region VII. For information about BECEP programs, call (701) 323-4400 or go to 720 N. 14th St.
  • Early Intervention is for children ages 0 to 3 with disabilities or delays in development in Region VII.
  • Early Childhood Special Education is for children ages 3 to 6 with disabilities or delays in development in the Bismarck Public School District.
  • Head Start provides preschool education for children ages 3 through 5 from income-eligible families in Burleigh, Emmons, Kidder, Logan and McIntosh counties. Services are provided in Bismarck at the BECEP building, 720 N. 14th St.


Books:

Necessary textbooks, non-consumables and lab materials are typically furnished by the school district. Parents must replace lost or damaged books. Principals and teachers can help suggest which consumable materials (paper, pencils, rulers, etc.) students should bring to school. There may also be supply fees in some classes such as sewing, art, etc. If a child needs financial assistance for school supplies or fees, please contact the school counselor.

Boundaries:

The school district is divided by boundaries to help ensure appropriate distribution of students. To determine which schools your child will attend, go to www.infofinderi.com and type in your home address like you would on GPS with no punctuation and the direction at the end: 1847 Harding Ave N (example). Though parents are encouraged to send their children to the schools in their attendance areas, some transfers are allowed (see "Transfers").

Breakfast

See Child Nutrition

Budget:

The district budget for 2016-2017 is $159 million. About 71% of school district revenue comes from state government, 21% is from local taxes, and 8% is from federal sources. On the expense side, about 83% of the budget is spent on salaries and fringe benefits. The rest is for purchased services, supplies and materials, capital improvements, utilities, and other expenses.

Busing:

See Transportation


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