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Both public and private schools in the Sauk Valley area and neighboring communities are second to none. High standards of education start at the elementary level here and continue all the way through to the community colleges in the area. Schools here are large enough to offer students a wide variety of educational opportunities in technologically advanced learning environments but small enough to provide a nurturing environment with numerous after school activities and programs.

Area public schools include East Coloma School District #12 and Montmorency School District #145, both serving K-8, Rock Falls Township High School District #301 and Sterling Public Schools, serving K-12.


Area private schools include Christ Lutheran School, Newman Central Catholic High School, St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School, St. Mary’s Grade School and Community Catholic Middle School. The area also has Woodlawn Arts Academy, a public-arts school where the arts are for everyone.

For higher educational opportunities the Sauk Valley area boasts the Sauk Valley Community College; and multiple other two- and four-year institutions include Ashford University, St. Ambrose University, and Blackhawk College.

Another educational opportunity for residents of the Sauk Valley area is the Whiteside Area Career Center. It was organized in 1986-87 to coordinate and provide regional career and technical programming. Currently 16 local public school districts and three private schools are members of this cooperative joint agreement. The center provides career and technical programming at the center and member high schools. Occupational clusters include agricultural occupations, businesses and related occupations, family and consumer sciences, health occupations and industrial/technical occupations.

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