Top 10 Best Carlton County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 27 public schools serving 6,408 students in Carlton County, MN (there are 2 private schools, serving 125 private students). 98% of all K-12 students in Carlton County, MN are educated in public schools (compared to the MN state average of 90%).
The top ranked public schools in Carlton County, MN are Winterquist Elementary School, Lincoln Secondary and Churchill Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Carlton County, MN public schools have an average math proficiency score of 46% (versus the Minnesota public school average of 45%), and reading proficiency score of 57% (versus the 51% statewide average). Schools in Carlton County have an average ranking of 8/10, which is in the top 30% of Minnesota public schools.
Minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority American Indian), which is less than the Minnesota public school average of 37% (majority Black and Hispanic).

Best Public Schools in Carlton County (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Winterquist Elementary School
(Math: 72% | Reading: 71%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
2 E Highway 61
Esko, MN 55733
(218) 879-3361
Grades: PK-6
| 669 students
Rank: #22.
Lincoln Secondary
(Math: 60% | Reading: 71%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2 E Highway 61
Esko, MN 55733
(218) 879-4673
Grades: 7-12
| 606 students
Rank: #33.
Churchill Elementary School
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
515 Granite St
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-3308
Grades: PK-4
| 362 students
Rank: #44.
Cromwell-wright Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5624 Hwy 210
Cromwell, MN 55726
(218) 644-3716
Grades: PK-6
| 141 students
Rank: #55.
Barnum Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 62%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3813 E. North St.
Barnum, MN 55707
(218) 389-6976
Grades: PK-6
| 339 students
Rank: #66.
Washington Elementary School
(Math: 55% | Reading: 53%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
801 12th St
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-3369
Grades: PK-4
| 499 students
Rank: #77.
Moose Lake Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4812 County Rd 10
Moose Lake, MN 55767
(218) 485-4834
Grades: PK-6
| 297 students
Rank: #88.
Cloquet Senior
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1000 18th St
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-3393
Grades: 9-12
| 796 students
Rank: #99.
Cromwell-wright Secondary
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
5624 Hwy 210
Cromwell, MN 55726
(218) 644-3716
Grades: 7-12
| 169 students
Rank: #1010.
Barnum Secondary
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
3675 County Rd 13
Barnum, MN 55707
(218) 389-3273
Grades: 6-12
| 369 students
Rank: #1111.
South Terrace Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
530 Stine Dr
Carlton, MN 55718
(218) 384-4225
Grades: PK-5
| 188 students
Rank: #1212.
Moose Lake Secondary
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
4812 County Rd 10
Moose Lake, MN 55767
(218) 485-4435
Grades: 7-12
| 277 students
Rank: #1313.
Cloquet Middle School
(Math: 32% | Reading: 53%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2001 Washington Avenue
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-3328
Grades: 5-8
| 813 students
Rank: #1414.
Northern Lights Cooperative
Special Education School
(Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50% )
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
615 12th St
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 878-3062
Grades: K-8
| 5 students
Rank: #1515.
Wrenshall Elementary School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
207 Pioneer Dr
Wrenshall, MN 55797
(218) 384-4274
Grades: PK-6
| 180 students
Rank: #1616.
Wrenshall Secondary
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
207 Pioneer Dr
Wrenshall, MN 55797
(218) 384-4274
Grades: 7-12
| 198 students
Rank: #1717.
Carlton Secondary
(Math: 15-19% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
405 School Ave
Carlton, MN 55718
(218) 384-4226
Grades: 6-12
| 194 students
Rank: #18 - 1918. - 19.
Cloquet Area Alt. Ed. Programs
Alternative School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
302 14th St
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-0115
Grades: 6-12
| 93 students
Rank: #18 - 1918. - 19.
Northern Lights Academy
Special Education School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
302 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 878-3060
Grades: K-8
| 21 students
Rank: n/an/a
Caaep Extended Day Program
Alternative School
302 14th St
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-0115
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
Rank: n/an/a
Cloquet Early Childhood Education
Special Education School
801 12th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-3369
Grades: PK
| 83 students
Rank: n/an/a
49 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 878-7242
Grades: K-12
| 103 students
Rank: n/an/a
Mash-ka-wisen
Alternative School
1150 Mission Rd
Carlton, MN 55718
(218) 384-4225
Grades: 7-12
| 2 students
Rank: n/an/a
Mcf-moose Lake/willow River
Alternative School
1000 Lake Shore Dr
Moose Lake, MN 55767
(218) 485-5025
Grades: 9-12
| 3 students
Rank: n/an/a
Moose Lake Alternative Program
Alternative School
4812 County Rd 10
Moose Lake, MN 55767
(218) 485-4435
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
Rank: n/an/a
Nla-carlton
Alternative School
405 School Ave
Carlton, MN 55718
(218) 384-4225
Grades: 9-12
| 1 students
Rank: n/an/a
Shared Time
Alternative School
602 Arthur Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-1261
Grades: PK-6
| n/a students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Carlton County, MN

Carlton County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
Caaep Setting 4 (Closed 2018)
Special Education School
302 14th St
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-0115
Grades: 2-12
| 8 students
302 14th St
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-0115
Grades: 7-12
| 10 students
Box 310
Moose Lake, MN 55767
(218) 485-8520
Grades: PK
| 13 students
1000 18th St
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-3393
Grades: 7-12
| n/a students
302 14th St
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-0115
Grades: n/a
| n/a students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Carlton County, MN?
The top ranked public schools in Carlton County, MN include Winterquist Elementary School, Lincoln Secondary and Churchill Elementary School.
How many public schools are located in Carlton County, MN?
27 public schools are located in Carlton County, MN.
What percentage of students in Carlton County, MN go to public school?
98% of all K-12 students in Carlton County, MN are educated in public schools (compared to the MN state average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Carlton County, MN?
Carlton County, MN public schools minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority American Indian), which is less than the Minnesota public schools average of 37% (majority Black and Hispanic).

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