Top 10 Best Stearns County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 64 public schools serving 23,078 students in Stearns County, MN (there are 26 private schools, serving 3,537 private students). 87% of all K-12 students in Stearns County, MN are educated in public schools (compared to the MN state average of 90%).
The top ranked public schools in Stearns County, MN are Richmond Elementary School, Holdingford Elementary School and Oak Ridge Early Learning Center. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Stearns County, MN public schools have an average math proficiency score of 43% (versus the Minnesota public school average of 45%), and reading proficiency score of 50% (versus the 53% statewide average). Schools in Stearns County have an average ranking of 6/10, which is in the top 50% of Minnesota public schools.
Minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the Minnesota public school average of 37% (majority Black and Hispanic).

Best Stearns County Public Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Richmond Elementary School
(Math: 75-79% | Reading: 80-84%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
34 2nd St Ne
Richmond, MN 56368
(320) 597-2016
Grades: K-5
| 135 students
Rank: #22.
Holdingford Elementary School
(Math: 70% | Reading: 66%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
900 5th St
Holdingford, MN 56340
(320) 746-4462
Grades: PK-6
| 569 students
Rank: #33.
Oak Ridge Early Learning Center
(Math: 81% | Reading: 71% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1111 27th St N
Sartell, MN 56377
(320) 258-3693
Grades: PK-K
| 326 students
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Pine Meadow Primary School
(Math: 82% | Reading: 69% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1029 5th St N
Sartell, MN 56377
(320) 253-8303
Grades: 1-2
| 591 students
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Sartell Middle School
(Math: 62% | Reading: 67%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
748 7th Street North
Sartell, MN 56377
(320) 253-2200
Grades: 6-8
| 963 students
Rank: #66.
Riverview Intermediate School
(Math: 65% | Reading: 64%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
627 Third Avenue North
Sartell, MN 56377
(320) 253-2200
Grades: 3-5
| 884 students
Rank: #77.
Albany Area High School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
30 Forest Ave
Albany, MN 56307
(320) 845-5043
Grades: 9-12
| 517 students
Rank: #88.
Albany Elementary School
(Math: 61% | Reading: 59%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
10 Forest Ave
Albany, MN 56307
(320) 845-2161
Grades: PK-5
| 491 students
Rank: #99.
Sartell Senior High School
(Math: 53% | Reading: 62%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3101 Pinecone Road North
Sartell, MN 56377
(320) 656-0748
Grades: 9-12
| 1,354 students
Rank: #1010.
Albany Area Middle School
(Math: 57% | Reading: 55%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
30 Forest Ave
Albany, MN 56307
(320) 845-2171
Grades: 6-8
| 460 students
Rank: #1111.
Sauk Centre Secondary
(Math: 52% | Reading: 58%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
903 State Rd
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-2258
Grades: 7-12
| 565 students
Rank: #12 - 1312. - 13.
Avon Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
410 Avon Ave N
Albany, MN 56307
(320) 845-5300
Grades: PK-5
| 306 students
Rank: #12 - 1312. - 13.
Kimball Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
405 Hazel Ave E
Kimball, MN 55353
(320) 398-5425
Grades: PK-5
| 294 students
Rank: #1414.
Cold Spring Elementary School
(Math: 51% | Reading: 59%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
601 Red River Ave N
Cold Spring, MN 56320
(320) 685-7534
Grades: PK-5
| 599 students
Rank: #1515.
Rocori Senior High School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 63%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
534 5th Ave N
Cold Spring, MN 56320
(320) 685-8683
Grades: 9-12
| 858 students
Rank: #1616.
Rockville Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
415 W Broadway
Rockville, MN 56369
(320) 251-8651
Grades: K-5
| 138 students
Rank: #1717.
Melrose Secondary
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
546 5th Ave Ne
Melrose, MN 56352
(320) 256-5160
Grades: 9-12
| 453 students
Rank: #1818.
Rocori Middle School
(Math: 48% | Reading: 53%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
534 N 5th Ave
Cold Spring, MN 56320
(320) 685-8683
Grades: 6-8
| 583 students
Rank: #1919.
Paynesville Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
205 W Mill St
Paynesville, MN 56362
(320) 243-3725
Grades: PK-5
| 404 students
Rank: #20 - 2120. - 21.
Beacon Program W Central Ed. Dist.
Special Education School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
903 State Rd
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-2284
Grades: PK-12
| 8 students
Rank: #20 - 2120. - 21.
Roosevelt Education Center
Special Education School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
3015 3rd St N
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 370-6890
Grades: K-12
| 39 students
Rank: #2222.
Melrose Elementary School
(Math: 55% | Reading: 44%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
566 5th Ave Ne
Melrose, MN 56352
(320) 256-5160
Grades: PK-5
| 459 students
Rank: #2323.
Kimball Secondary
(Math: 40% | Reading: 55%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
100 Hwy 55 W
Kimball, MN 55353
(320) 398-7700
Grades: 6-12
| 457 students
Rank: #24 - 2524. - 25.
Holdingford Secondary
(Math: 43% | Reading: 50%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
900 5th St
Holdingford, MN 56340
(320) 746-2221
Grades: 7-12
| 489 students
Rank: #24 - 2524. - 25.
Oak Hill Community Elementary School
(Math: 43% | Reading: 50%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2600 County Rd 136
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 370-6000
Grades: PK-5
| 828 students
Rank: #2626.
Westwood Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
5800 Ridgewood Rd
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 370-7630
Grades: K-5
| 386 students
Rank: #2727.
Melrose Middle School
(Math: 39% | Reading: 51%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
546 5th Ave Ne
Melrose, MN 56352
(320) 256-5160
Grades: 6-8
| 357 students
Rank: #2828.
Belgrade-brooten-elrosa Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
245 School Avenue
Brooten, MN 56316
(320) 254-8211
Grades: PK-5
| 284 students
Rank: #2929.
West Central Area Learning Center
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50% )
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
9 2nd St Sw
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 256-7836
Grades: 6-12
| 46 students
Rank: #3030.
Kennedy Community School
(Math: 37% | Reading: 49%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1300 Jade Rd
Saint Joseph, MN 56374
(320) 370-7430
Grades: PK-8
| 637 students
Rank: #3131.
Belgrade-brooten-elrosa Secondary School
(Math: 20-29% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
710 Washburn Ave
Belgrade, MN 56312
(320) 254-8211
Grades: 6-12
| 345 students
Rank: #3232.
Sauk Centre Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
901 State Rd
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-6521
Grades: PK-4
| 377 students
Rank: #33 - 3433. - 34.
Apollo Senior High School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1000 44th Ave N
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 370-6790
Grades: 9-12
| 1,301 students
Rank: #33 - 3433. - 34.
Sauk Centre Middle School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
903 State Road
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-2258
Grades: 5-6
| 138 students
Rank: #3535.
Technical Senior High School
(Math: 27% | Reading: 46%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
4200 33rd St S
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 370-8350
Grades: 9-12
| 1,537 students
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Stearns County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
Abe Program (Closed 2005)
Alternative School
245 37th Ave. N.
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 529-6500
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
212 1st St Sw
Albany, MN 56307
(320) 845-2171
Grades: PK
| 25 students
933 State Rd.
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-6120
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
903 State Road S
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-6120
Grades: 3-8
| n/a students
809 12th St N
Waite Park, MN 56387
(320) 370-8007
Grades: 1-12
| n/a students
534 5th Ave North
Cold Spring, MN 56320
(320) 685-4901
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
900 5th St
Holdingford, MN 56340
(320) 746-2196
Grades: 7-12
| n/a students
100 Hwy 55 W
Kimball, MN 55353
(320) 398-5585
Grades: 7-12
| n/a students
212 3rd Ave N
Sartell, MN 56377
(320) 656-0748
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
534 5th Avenue N
Cold Spring, MN 56320
(320) 685-4901
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
Box 250
Holdingford, MN 56340
(320) 746-2196
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
809 12th Street N
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 251-4963
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
Box 368
Kimball, MN 55353
(320) 398-5585
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
212 3rd Avenue N
Sartell, MN 56377
(320) 656-0748
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
Box C
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-1100
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
132 West Division St
Waite Park, MN 56387
(320) 258-3117
Grades: 9-12
| 37 students
216 8th Ave. N.
Waite Park, MN 56387
(320) 251-4481
Grades: K-4
| 289 students
1905 Minnesota Blvd
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 255-8811
Grades: 7-12
| 4 students
1726 7th Ave S
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 650-1548
Grades: K-12
| 30 students
1726 7th Ave S
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 650-1548
Grades: K-12
| 26 students
3015 3rd St. N.
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 252-2351
Grades: K-4
| 306 students
809 12th Street N
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 251-4963
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
809 12th St N
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 370-6795
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
1101 Washington Memorial Dr
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 650-1548
Grades: 7-12
| 4 students
212 3rd Ave N
Sartell, MN 56377
(320) 251-1284
Grades: PK-K
| n/a students
933 State Rd
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-2285
Grades: 7-9
| 267 students
Star Program (Closed 2021)
Special Education School
9 2nd Street Southwest
Melrose, MN 56352
(620) 256-7836
Grades: PK-1
| n/a students
1025 18th St N
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 230-5340
Grades: K-5
| 295 students
1025 18th Street North
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 230-5340
Grades: 1-8
| n/a students
903 State Road S
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 352-6120
Grades: K-8
| n/a students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Stearns County, MN?
The top ranked public schools in Stearns County, MN include Richmond Elementary School, Holdingford Elementary School and Oak Ridge Early Learning Center.
How many public schools are located in Stearns County, MN?
64 public schools are located in Stearns County, MN.
What percentage of students in Stearns County, MN go to public school?
87% of all K-12 students in Stearns County, MN are educated in public schools (compared to the MN state average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Stearns County, MN?
Stearns County, MN public schools minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the Minnesota public schools average of 37% (majority Black and Hispanic).

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