Welcome to Moorhead High School! Diverse learning opportunities are available to students at Moorhead High School, the home of the Moorhead Spuds. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the numerous academic, vocational and extracurricular opportunities available to them. Our vision is for Moorhead High School to be a leader in academics, activities, arts and athletics.
A top priority at Moorhead High School is to prepare students for life. Many characteristics that are important in life cannot be measured on a test or a quiz. These includes things such as honesty, empathy, responsibility, dealing with setbacks, handling conflict appropriately, and accepting differences among others. These are emphasized and expected of students here at Moorhead High School.
Student planners are provided to all students and are designed to support student achievement and enhance school-to-home communication. Students are encouraged to use their planner every day to write down homework assignments, class projects and important due dates. Parents are encouraged to frequently review this planner and offer necessary assistance and support at home to help ensure your student's academic progress.
Our School History
Moorhead High School's current building opened in September 1967 with an enrollment of 1,550 students. The school was significantly renovated in 2004. At that time the new ninth-grade center, commons and fieldhouse were added.
The ninth-grade center is comprised of three learning communities of ninth-graders who work closely with core teachers for language arts, math, science and social studies. The small learning communities create personalized learning environments for students and allow students to get to know each other and their teachers better.
Curriculum and Learning
At Moorhead High School, students have the opportunity to explore their areas of interest by enrolling in both required and elective classes.
The high school has implemented a modified block schedule. The schedule, which combines 45-minute and 90-minute periods, accommodates student options for elective courses. Elective courses include world language, computer, industrial technology, journalism, family and consumer science, band, choir and orchestra classes.
Moorhead High School has an extensive Advanced Placement program that offers students the opportunity to take AP classes in all core subject areas. We also offer STEM elective classes as part of Project Lead the Way to challenge and enhance students' educational experience. Read more about our high school curriculum and graduation requirements and the district's assessment plans.
The teachers at Moorhead High are one of our greatest strengths. More than 70 percent of the teaching staff has obtained master's degrees.
SIOP, or Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, is a research-proven approach to classroom instruction and lesson design that has been an initiative of the Moorhead Area Public Schools for the past three years. SIOP is a focus on solid and proven teaching methods that help all learners, especially those with language needs, process and learn more effectively. Teachers remain focused on three main components:
- Lesson planning with lessons focused around a content objective that states what students should learn and a language objective that states how students should demonstrate their learning
- Building background knowledge by linking learning to concrete experiences
- Interaction and student engagement strategies
Moorhead High School has more than 50 extracurricular opportunities available for students. Activities ranging from musical, academic, special interest or athletic groups allow students at Moorhead High School to continue learning outside the classroom. Every student is encouraged to be involved in at least one activity. There is truly something for everyone.