A great place to live and learnThe Forest Lake Area School District 831 is located 30 miles north of the Twin Cities, along the I-35 corridor that runs north to Duluth. It is an area dotted by lakes, rolling hills, woods, and small towns. Many residents enjoy our rural, small town life and find they can easily commute to the Twin Cities area.
The academic efforts of our students are supported by excellent teachers (67% of our staff have earned a Masters Degree), challenging curriculum, technology, high standards and a safe learning environment. The school district's strong traditional academic program is enhanced by award-winning co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, gifted education offerings and a full range of special education programming.
As the largest employer in the area, Forest Lake Area School District employs over 1,200 persons, including teachers, clerical staff, aides, custodians, bus drivers, cooks, mechanics and administrators.
History of our schools
Schools 100 years ago were one-room rural school buildings scattered throughout the towns and countryside. Through consolidation of the small locally-controlled school districts over the years, the Forest Lake Area School district now encompasses 220 square miles, with seven elementary school buildings including a Montessori elementary school, two junior high schools , a senior high school and an Area Learning Center. The communities served are: Forest Lake, May Township, New Scandia Township, Wyoming, Lino Lakes, Columbus Township, Linwood Township, and parts of Marine-on-St. Croix, Hugo, Stacy, Ham Lake, Wyoming Township and East Bethel.
In the spring of 2011, in conjunction with the celebration of Forest Lake Area High School's 100th graduating class, the school district partnered with the Forest Lake Times to publish a commemorative booklet that outlines the history of the school district, from its roots in the late 1800s until today. Click here to download a copy of that booklet
The Forest Lake Area school district is a great place to live and learn. Feel free to contact any administrator with specific questions, and come and see our staff and students working together.
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