BPS Fast Facts

  • ACT Scores:

    The composite American College Test score for Bismarck High for 2016-2017 was 19.8; Century was 22.3; Legacy was 19.7. The state average was 20.3; national was 21.0. A perfect score is 36.


    In 2017-2018, the average daily attendance rate in BPS was 95.9%.


    In 2017-2018, our district budget was about $164 million. Taxpayers with a $100,000 home paid about $466 in school property taxes. In 2016-17, it costs BPS $10,470 to educate each student; the state average was $11,539.

    Drop Out Rate:

    Our annual dropout rate for seniors 2017-18 was 0.8% or 28 students. Our cohort dropout rate from freshman to senior year is higher.

    Class Size:

    The average class size grades K-5 in 2017-2018 was 20.3 students; middle school 25.4; senior high 21.8.


    Our district has 11,837 useable student computers for a student-to-computer ratio of 1.1 to 1 in 2017-2018. In 2018-19, BPS will have 1.1 computers in middle and high school and a 2.1 computer to student ratio K-5.


    In 2017-18, Bismarck Schools was one of the largest employers in Bismarck: 1,034 teachers and 1,070 support staff, professional support staff, and administrators for a total of 2,104; 53% have master's degrees or higher. Our payroll was $103,326,441 million. Payroll and benefits typically make up about 86% of our total budget.


    We are the largest district in the state. The opening day enrollment in 2017-2018 was 6,119 in grades K-5, 2,958 in grades 6-8, and 3,700 in grades 9-12.


    We have 28 buildings: 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.


    In 2018, Bismarck High graduated 245 students, Century graduated 262, Legacy 255, and South Central 30 for a total of 792.

    National Honor Society & Presidential Education Awards:

    National Honor Society: 19% of students in grades 10-12 were recognized for having grades of B or higher in 2017-18.
    Presidential Education Awards: 21% of seniors were honored for a GPA of A or higher and 85% percentile or above on a national exam.

    Socio-Economic Status:

    We use free and reduced meals as our basis for determining SES. In May of 2017-2018, the number of students who had qualified for free and reduced meals was 2,960 or 23.4%.

    Student Race:

    For 2017-18, the racial breakdown of BPS students was Caucasian, 82%; American Indian, 8.5%; Other, 9%.

    For questions, contact Renae Walker, Community Relations Director, 701-323-4091 or click here to email her.