Valley City Public Schools, “Home of the Hi-Liners,” is home to approximately 1,075 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The school system includes two elementary school buildings, split into lower elementary at Jefferson School and upper elementary at Washington School, as well a junior/senior high school building. The Hi-Line Bridge, built in 1908, has been the mascot for the school since 1926. The iconic bridge is 3,096 feet long and rises 160 feet above the Sheyenne River.
The Valley City Jr/Sr High School is home to the Hi-Liner Activity Center, built in 2004, provides seating for 2,200 in the gym and additional 200 in the lobby. The “HAC” is home to the Hi-Liner sporting events, tournaments, concerts, and other activities.
Two recent accomplishments within the school system to note are Valley City High School principal Kristi Brandt was named the 2017 North Dakota Secondary Principal of the Year and Valley City’s Washington Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education.
St. Catherine Elementary School is a private school for children in grades Kindergarten through grade 6. St. Catherine’s is part of the Fargo Diocese of the Catholic Church and prides itself in exceptional academics, Christian service, and faith-building opportunities.
Recognized as the No. 1 public regional college in the Midwest and one of America’s “Best Colleges” for 20 consecutive years by U.S. News, VCSU offers more than 80 undergraduate programs in art, business, communication arts, computer systems and software engineering, education, health and physical education, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, and technology education. Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree programs are also available.
Founded in 1890 as a "normal school" (or teacher's college), VCSU remains true to its heritage and has an outstanding reputation for producing some of the finest K-12 educators in the region. VCSU enhances the learning experience by providing full-time students with access to their own laptop, advanced multimedia technology, high-speed wireless networking, and classrooms equipped with the latest educational technology. A student-faculty ratio of about 11:1 gives students one-to-one access to faculty in ways that are impossible at other universities.
The 55-acre campus is bordered on the south by a forested hillside and on the north by the Sheyenne River. Campus architecture features a graceful blend of historic and modern buildings. The central campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District, and in May 2017, BuzzFeed named VCSU’s campus the most beautiful college campus in North Dakota.
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