Public education among the state's best

In Crow Wing County, more than 3,000 students graduate from area high schools each year, ready to join the workforce or continue their education. Since almost 90 percent of the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs require some post-secondary education, having a high school diploma and the skills to succeed in college and the workplace are essential. 

 Crow Wing County Public School Districts - 3 Largest
Brainerd (ISD 181)  6,671  91% 19 to 1
Pequot Lakes (ISD 186)  1,570  98%  17 to 1
Crosby-Ironton (ISD 182)  1.146  100%  19 to 1
Source: MN Dept of Education School Report Card for 2009-2010 School Year:  Brainerd Schools,  Pequot Lakes Schools, & Crosby-Ironton Schools 

The K-12 schools in the Brainerd Lakes Area educate more than 9,000 students annually, making the combined districts the 15th largest in the state.

Enrichment opportunities for future workers

Central Lakes College’s College in the Schools Program gives high schools an opportunity to strengthen their academic course offerings while providing juniors and seniors a headstart on earning college credit while experiencing the academic rigors of a college curriculum and strengthening their study skills in a high school environment.

Central Lakes College has joined forces with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and area school districts to develop the Bridges Career Academies, a first-of-its-kind program designed to prepare students for the workplace.


K-12 School Districts


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Qualified Teachers

  • 81% of teachers at Brainerd High School have Masters Degrees
  • 100% of teachers in all 3 districts meet Federal guidelines for “Highly Qualified”

Top Scholars

  • Brainerd High School has graduated four of the last 15 Minnesota State AP Scholars.

  • 2009 ACT scores at Brainerd High School were nearly a full point higher on average than the statewide average, and Minnesota leads the nation in ACT scores. (BHS students 23.9 composite average, statewide average 22.9, U.S. average 21.1)

Source: MN Dept of Education School Report Card for 2009-2010 School Year