MetroNorth area is home to some of the finest schools in the nation. In
addition to a number of private, parochial, and innovative charter schools,
our area is served by nine public school districts:
Anoka Hennepin (ISD) #11) (763) 506-1000
Third largest school district in the state, serving 40,000 students in
Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burns Township,
Champlin, Coon Rapids, Dayton, Fridley, Ham Lake, Oak Grove and Ramsey.
Centennial (ISD #12)
Serves nearly 7,000 students in Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Lexington,
and Lino Lakes.
Columbia Heights (ISD #13)
Serves more than 3,000 students in Columbia Heights, Hilltop, and Fridley.
Elk River (ISD #728)
Serves parts of Ramsey and Burns in Anoka County as well as many communities
in a 180 square mile area to the west.
Forest Lake (ISD #831)
Serves all or parts of Lino Lakes, Columbus, Ham Lake, East Bethel, and
Linwood in addition to communities in Chisago and Washington counties.
Fridley (ISD #14)
Serves the central area of Fridley.
St. Francis (ISD #15)
Serves 6,000 K-12 students in St. Francis, East Bethel, Bethel, Oak Grove,
Andover, Burns, and other communities.
Spring Lake Park (ISD #16)
Serves Spring Lake Park, along with parts of Blaine and Fridley.
Gifted and Talented Programs abound in all of our school systems. In addition
to various enriched honors classes, there are Young Authors' Conferences,
artist in residency programs, Young Inventors' Fairs, the Knowledge Bowl,
Destination Imagination, talent development grants for special projects,
and mentorship programs. Anoka High School's theater program was the only
high school group from the U.S. selected to participate in two weeks of
study and performance at the Scottish Festival in Edinburgh.
Higher education in Anoka County is provided by two institutions. Residents
also have access to more than
a dozen colleges and universities offering
four-year and graduate programs in the greater Twin Cities area.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College (763-427-2600) offers two-year associate
degrees. In addition to the usual junior college programs, Anoka-Ramsey
Community College (ARCC) offers AS degrees in such new fields as geographic
information systems & mapping,
biomedical technology & clinical research, computer networking &
telecommunications, computer help desk, network support & administration,
and physical therapy assistant. Through an arrangement with Metro State
University, students on ARCC's campus can earn four-year bachelor degrees
in nursing or business administration.
Anoka-Hennepin Technical College
(763-576-4850), specializes in career training in a large number of technical
fields for post-secondary students. In addition, there is the innovative
Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP), which enables high school
students to take both academic and technical classes in a new facility
on the AHTC campus.