About Bismarck Public Schools

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

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

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

    Automated Phone: 701-323-4000 or click here for phone & fax directory
    Fax: 701-323-4001


    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 more than 125,000.

    The Bismarck Public School District has been in the public education business for 144 years (since 1874); Linda Slaughter had a private school in 1873 for a year. The first graduating class was in 1887, when two people graduated. In 2017, 774 students graduated. The oldest building is part of BHS, built in 1934. The newest school is Legacy High, built in 2015.

    We are the largest school district in the state, with 12,861 students on the first day of 2017-18 and 2,104 employees. 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.

    BPS has a strong graduation rate. The average daily attendance was 95.9% in 2017-18. 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; 19% of students in grades 10-12 are members of the National Honor Society, and 21% 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.