By Rod Powers
Grand Forks Air Force base has two schools. The Carl Ben Eielson School is for K-4th grade and Twining Elementary and Middle School has grades 5th-8th. High school students attend one of two schools in Grand Forks. The majority of students from the base attend Central but open enrollment is available for those who want to attend Red River High School. Breakfast and Lunch are served at all schools and programs are available for reduced meals and special needs.
East Grand Forks is located in Minnesota and has Sacred Heart high school and grade school, in addition to East Grand Forks public schools. There are several small communities around the Air Base that have their own schools including Thompson, Larimore, Manvel, and Northwood.
Sports and other extracurricular activities play a large part in the public school system. Hockey, basketball and football are the most popular but the school and community also have soccer programs, cross country, volleyball, track and field, and more.
Public Schools on Grand Forks AFB provide Preschool, a Gifted and Talented program and Head Start classes, as well as Chapter One reading services and Special Needs programs such as Speech/Language Therapy, Learning Disabilities, Occupational/Physical Therapy and Counselors.
Contact Grand Forks Public Schools at 701-746-2200, for a current update on new schools that are under construction.
Registration Requirements include:
Social Security Number
School Records or Transfer Papers
Busing is provided year round to both schools on base and high school students in Grand Forks. To have your student(s) picked up in front of your home for an on-base school, it is necessary to contact BMAR bussing at 701-594-5480 between 7:45 am and 4:30 pm.
For high school students who wish to participate in extra curricular activities after school, a late bus is provided. A student handbook will be given at the beginning of the school year which will explain everything about the new school.
Parents interested in home schooling, contact the Superintendent of Schools for information regarding state requirements.