ISD 728 - Elk River Area Public School District

Public School

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Welcome to Independent School District 728 (ISD 728), the eighth largest school district in Minnesota. We are a progressive district located 35 miles northwest of Minneapolis. We proudly serve more than 13,000 neighborhood students and more than 50,000 total lifelong learners in all or parts of Albertville, Dayton, Elk River, Otsego, Ramsey, Rogers, St. Michael, Zimmerman and Nowthen, as well as the townships of Big Lake, Baldwin, Livonia, Orrock and Stanford.

Within ISD 728, there are 10 elementary schools, 6 middle schools and 4 high schools. We provide opportunities for ALL learners to discover and develop their unique talents. ISD 728 offers:

  • Comprehensive early childhood through grade 12 curriculum that combines arts with academics.
  • World languages: Spanish, French and German.
  • State champion athletics teams.
  • 6.5 Hour Every Day Kindergarten.
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination): a college readiness program for students in grades 8-12.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) elementary and middle schools.
  • Advanced Placement and College in the Schools.
  • Gifted and Talented Services.
  • EdVenture Club: Before and after school enrichment and childcare for grades K-5.
  • Online courses.
  • Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.
  • Minnesota Reading Corps: providing trained literacy tutors for children age 3 to grade 3.
  • Flexible Scheduling.
  • DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America).
  • IMPACT (Inspire, Mentor, Pride, Achievement, Character, Training) leadership program.
  • Arts Magnet Program.
  • Music and theater.
  • National Honor Society.
  • And much more!

ISD 728 students continue to outperform the majority of their peers locally and nationally on state and national exams. More specifically and in 2017, ISD 728 students ranked #1 in Mathematics when compared to peers in the top 10 largest Minnesota school districts and #3 in both Reading and Science. 

In addition, the District takes great pride in programming offered through its Community Education Department, which serves all learners, from pre-schooler to senior citizen.

Our Mission and Core Values

Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower our diverse learners, to shape their futures, to accomplish their dreams and to contribute positively to our local and global communities.

We believe that:

  1. All people have value.
  2. Valuing and respecting differences strengthens the individual and the community.
  3. People thrive when they feel connected, supported and affirmed.
  4. Everyone can learn.
  5. Hope inspires and empowers.
  6. Lifelong learning is essential for personal growth.
  7. Change is an opportunity for growth.

Organization Data


Organization name

ISD 728 - Elk River Area Public School District

NCES ID Number





11500 193RD AVENUE NW
Elk River, MN 55330


763 241 3400