Top 10 Best Fargo Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 30 public schools serving 13,272 students in Fargo, ND (there are 10 private schools, serving 2,840 private students). 82% of all K-12 students in Fargo, ND are educated in public schools (compared to the ND state average of 93%).
The top ranked public schools in Fargo, ND are Longfellow Elementary School, Bennett Elementary School and Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Fargo, ND public schools have an average math proficiency score of 39% (versus the North Dakota public school average of 39%), and reading proficiency score of 45% (versus the 44% statewide average). Schools in Fargo have an average ranking of 5/10, which is in the bottom 50% of North Dakota public schools.
Minority enrollment is 32% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the North Dakota public school average of 28% (majority American Indian and Hispanic).

Best Public Schools in Fargo, ND (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Longfellow Elementary School
(Math: 75-79% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
20 29th Ave Ne
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 446-5000
Grades: K-5
| 373 students
Rank: #22.
Bennett Elementary School
(Math: 63% | Reading: 62%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
2000 S 58th Ave
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 446-4000
Grades: K-5
| 637 students
Rank: #33.
Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1417 6th St S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-4400
Grades: K-5
| 354 students
Rank: #44.
Independence Elementary School
(Math: 60% | Reading: 52%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3700 54th St S
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 356-5890
Grades: K-5
| 530 students
Rank: #55.
Fargo 9-12 Virtual Academy
(Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
700 7th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-1000
Grades: 9-12
| 64 students
Rank: #66.
Deer Creek Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
6400 54th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 356-8390
Grades: K-5
| 392 students
Rank: #77.
Discovery Middle School
(Math: 42% | Reading: 55%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1717 40th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 446-3300
Grades: 6-8
| 1,024 students
Rank: #8 - 98. - 9.
North High School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
801 17th Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 446-2400
Grades: 9-12
| 1,046 students
Rank: #8 - 98. - 9.
South High School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1840 15th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-2000
Grades: 9-12
| 889 students
Rank: #1010.
Fargo Davies High School
(Math: 39% | Reading: 55%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
7150 25th St S
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 446-5600
Grades: 9-12
| 1,337 students
Rank: #1111.
Washington Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1725 N Broadway
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 446-5400
Grades: K-5
| 305 students
Rank: #1212.
Ben Franklin Middle School
(Math: 39% | Reading: 47%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1420 8th St N
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 446-3600
Grades: 6-8
| 851 students
Rank: #1313.
Kennedy Elementary School
(Math: 42% | Reading: 37%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
4401 42nd St S
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 446-4200
Grades: K-5
| 442 students
Rank: #14 - 1614. - 16.
Centennial Elementary School
(Math: 37% | Reading: 37%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
4201 25th St S
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 446-4300
Grades: K-5
| 551 students
Rank: #14 - 1614. - 16.
Eagles Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
3502 University Dr
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 446-3900
Grades: K-5
| 302 students
Rank: #14 - 1614. - 16.
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1025 3rd St N
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 446-4600
Grades: K-5
| 349 students
Rank: #1717.
Mckinley Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
2930 8th St N
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 446-5200
Grades: K-5
| 165 students
Rank: #1818.
Carl Ben Eielson Middle School
(Math: 31% | Reading: 39%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1601 13th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-1700
Grades: 6-8
| 633 students
Rank: #1919.
Lincoln Elementary School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
2120 9th St S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-4900
Grades: K-5
| 357 students
Rank: #2020.
Fargo K-8 Virtual Academy
(Math: 20-29% | Reading: 30-39%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
700 7th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-1000
Grades: K-8
| 92 students
Rank: #2121.
Osgood Elementary School
(Math: 29% | Reading: 31%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
5550 44th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 356-2190
Grades: K-5
| 558 students
Rank: #2222.
Lewis And Clark Elementary School
(Math: 24% | Reading: 34%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1729 16th St S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-4800
Grades: K-5
| 454 students
Rank: #23 - 2423. - 24.
Ed Clapp Elementary School
(Math: 20-24% | Reading: 25-29%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3131 S 28th St
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-2900
Grades: K-5
| 442 students
Rank: #23 - 2423. - 24.
Willow Park Elementary School
(Math: 20-24% | Reading: 25-29%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
4901 15th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 356-8360
Grades: K-5
| 468 students
Rank: #2525.
Dakota High School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: 21-39%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1305 9th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-2800
Grades: 9-12
| 106 students
Rank: #2626.
Madison Elementary School
(Math: ≤10% | Reading: 11-19%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1040 N 29th St
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 446-5100
Grades: K-5
| 124 students
Rank: #2727.
Jefferson Elementary School
(Math: 6-9% | Reading: 15-19%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1701 4th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-4700
Grades: K-5
| 288 students
1305 9th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-3100
Grades: PK
| 129 students
Rank: n/an/a
Explorer Academy
1780 17th St S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-4100
Grades: K-8
| 10 students
Rank: n/an/a
Fargo Public school
415 North 4th Street
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 446-1000
Grades: K-12
| n/a students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo, North Dakota Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
1305 9th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-3000
Grades: 6-7
| 1,043 students
1035 16th St S
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-4200
Grades: K-5
| 293 students
424 9th Ave South
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 241-4858
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
Fargo Spec Ed Unit (Closed 2021)
Special Education School
415 4th St N
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 446-1012
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
555 8th Ave South
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-4500
Grades: K-2
| 219 students
1026 10th St North
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 446-5300
Grades: 3-5
| 144 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Fargo, ND?
How many public schools are located in Fargo, ND?
30 public schools are located in Fargo, ND.
What percentage of students in Fargo, ND go to public school?
82% of all K-12 students in Fargo, ND are educated in public schools (compared to the ND state average of 93%).
What is the racial composition of students in Fargo, ND?
Fargo, ND public schools minority enrollment is 32% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the North Dakota public schools average of 28% (majority American Indian and Hispanic).

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