The Bismarck Public School District has been in the education business for over 125 years (since 1873). The first graduating class was in 1887, when two people graduated. In 2011, 840 students graduated. The oldest building is part of BHS, built in 1934, and the newest buildings are Sunrise Elementary and the Career Academy, which opened in August 2010. We are the largest school district in the state, with 11,008 students on the first day of school in 2011, and 1,751 staff members. We have more than 500 classrooms in 16 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 3 senior high schools, an alternative high school, a career academy, technical center, and an early childhood center.
Our drop-out rate in 2010-2011 was 1.3%, or 33 students, and the average daily attendance was 96.5%. 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.
In grades 10-12, 23% of students are members of the National Honor Society, and 21.5% 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. – less–ZoomInfo