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Lifelong Learning

Fast Facts

In Moorhead Area Public Schools, educational opportunities for all ages are available — whether it is an Early Childhood class for young children and their parents, the Spanish immersion program for a student entering kindergarten, a STEM class for a secondary student, or a Community Education enrichment course for an adult.

Opportunities for learning are also available outside of the classroom. Students in Moorhead Area Public Schools can become involved in numerous activities ranging from arts to athletics. No matter where students' talents or needs may be, programs in the Moorhead Area Public Schools are designed to help all students develop their maximum potential.

Schools and Student Enrollment (October 2019)

Early Intervention Services: 325 students in preK
Jump Start Preschool: 397 students in preK
Dorothy Dodds Elementary School: 750 students in grades K-4
Ellen Hopkins Elementary School: 640 students in grades K-4
Robert Asp Elementary School: 676 students in grades K-4
S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School: 751 students in grades K-4
Horizon Middle School West Campus: 1,100 students in grades 5-6
Horizon Middle School East Campus: 1,065 students in grades 7-8
Moorhead High School: 1,843 students in grades 9-12
Red River Area Learning Center and Outreach Program: 103 students in grades 8-12
Detention Center and Shelter Care: 45 students in grades 7-12

Student Enrollment by Grade (October 2019)

Enrollment does not include students enrolled at the Red River Area Learning Center or other alternative education programs.

Kindergarten: 598
Grade 1: 559
Grade 2: 561
Grade 3: 494
Grade 4: 605
Grade 5: 550
Grade 6: 550
Grade 7: 539
Grade 8: 534
Grade 9: 495
Grade 10: 504
Grade 11: 492
Grade 12: 492

Student Demographics (2018-19)

American Indian: 2.9%
Asian: 1.0%
Black/African American: 9.9%
Hispanic/Latino: 8.3%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
White: 71.1%

  • Percent minority: 28.9%
  • Eligible for free or reduced-price lunch: 40.2%
  • English learners: 8.4%
  • Students receiving special education services (includes students birth-age 21): 18.7%

Teaching Staff

  • Approximately 38.2 percent of teachers have more than 10 years experience (2018-19)
  • Music, art and physical education teachers in each school
  • Counseling services available for grades K-12

Additional demographic and accountability information is available through the Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Performance or the School Profiles documents.

Learner Support Services

Moorhead Area Public Schools provide special education services to about 1,000 students in the areas of speech/language, cognitively impaired, physically impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, visually impaired, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, deaf/blind, autism, traumatic brain injury and developmental delay. Special education services are provided in a variety of settings across the schools and community.

Read more or call 218-284-3710.

Special Programs

  • All-day kindergarten
  • Spanish Immersion Program for students entering kindergarten or grade 1
  • Gifted and Talented Program for students in grades K-12 needing academic enrichment
  • Spanish and Mandarin Chinese classes for secondary students
  • STEM exploratory classes provided for all middle school students and STEM electives offered for high school students
  • Advanced Placement classes at Moorhead High School and post-secondary options courses at the local colleges for eligible high school students

Family Involvement

Parents and community members are invited and encouraged to participate in the schools and the district. Opportunities are available for parents and community members to volunteer at the schools, participate in the Parent-Teacher Advisory Committees (PTACs), serve on district committees and much more.

For more information call the individual schools.

Food and Nutrition

Breakfast: $1
Lunch: $2.30 for elementary students and $2.40 for secondary students

All meals meet or exceed USDA guidelines for good nutrition. Free and reduced-price meals are also available to eligible students. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, call Food and Nutrition Services at 218-284-3325. Lunch menus are available in PowerSchool.

Read more or call 218-284-3325.


The district has a progressive network with wireless access throughout the schools. Computers or tablet devices are available in all classrooms and in the school media centers making email and online resources easily accessible to students and staff. Some classrooms average one or two students to a device. The district has a one-to-one computing environment for all students in grades 5-8. Technology is integrated into all district curriculum with teachers using Haiku as a learning management tool to post assignments and resources.

Community Education

Moorhead Community Education offers lifelong learning opportunities to all residents and those in surrounding communities. Besides offering more than 200 enrichment classes each fall, winter and spring, Community Education offers programs in Early Childhood Family Education, Adult Basic Education, service learning, and adults with disabilities.

Read more or call 218-284-3400 for information or to request a catalog.

School Board

An elected seven-member School Board is responsible for setting policies, adopting a balanced budget and maintaining a quality education program in the district. The School Board meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Operations Cener Board Room, 1313 30th Ave. S., Moorhead.

Read more or call 218-284-3330.