Thief River area residents have access to high-quality education. The PreK-12 school system is one of the best around. Northland Community and Technical College faculty are nationally recognized. Both institutions work in close partnership with the business community to meet workforce needs.

Thief River Falls Public Schools

The public education system in Thief River Falls includes Challenger Elementary, Franklin Middle School and Lincoln High School. The district’s graduation rate is 8 percentage points higher than that of the state overall and 73% of Lincoln High School graduates are enrolled in an institution of higher education 16 months after finishing high school. Visit the district website for more information.

St. Bernard’s Catholic School

St. Bernard’s Catholic School serves Thief River Falls and the surrounding area. They offer a faith-based quality education for students preschool through fifth grade. In addition to technology instruction, students in grades K – 5 receive Physical Education instruction three times a week in the city auditorium, and music instruction twice a week.

Visit the school website for more information.

Goodridge Public School

The Goodridge School is housed in one building with a teaching staff of twenty, a support staff of eighteen, and 1.5 administrators. The district provides a preschool through grade twelve education. Small class sizes with individual attention are available to all students daily. A preschool program has been established for three and four-year-old students. Visit the school website for more information.

Northland Community & Technical College

Northland Community and Technical College is a comprehensive college, offering many state-of-the-art, nationally-renowned technical programs designed for those looking to quickly join the work force. Northland also has a liberal arts college program which offers students the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Visit the college website for more information.

“Thief River Falls Public School District ISD 564 shows its PROWLER PRIDE in academics and in the community! With more than 50 activities and athletic opportunities, students are given ample options to grow and try out new things. Our district comprises Challenger Preschool & Elementary School (K-5), Franklin Middle School (6-8), Lincoln High School (9-12) and Northwest Area Learning Center.”

Dr. Paula Henry

Interim Superintendent, Thief River Falls Public Schools

“Northland offers the region a variety of educational opportunities from short term training options to transfer programs to in demand technical programming at a low cost.  Northland has the aerospace site by the airport that provides world class training in aviation maintenance and the first large unmanned systems program in the nation.  We have dedicated staff and faculty who care about their students and provide exceptional personalized service.  The community can also enjoy many of our athletic offerings as a spectator.”

Sandy Kiddoo, PhD

President, Northland Community and Technical College

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