Bemidji Strong
Strong Schools = Strong Community

Bemidji Area School District has a proud history of helping students develop the skills and knowledge they need to pursue their dreams. Our mission is to empower each learner to succeed in our diverse and changing world. Our 5-year strategic plan focuses on student learning, positive climate and culture, multi-tiered systems and supports, and maintaining our many excellent programs for students.

Examples of our successful programs include:

  • Award-winning show choir and music programs

  • Award-winning robotics programs at both the high school and middle school

  • Nationally competitive academic achievement scores (BHS named one of the nation’s best high schools by US News & World Report.)

  • Numerous state championships in sports

  • Bemidji High School Career Academies

  • Robust fine arts programs

  • Gold Award of Distinction for healthier school meal programs - serving over 1 million meals every year.

  • State of the art high school and performing arts center.

Bemidji Strong

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, district voters will be asked to vote on an operating referendum.

The district is sun-setting the existing $180 per student levy and replacing it with an increase of $280 per student for a total 10-year $460 per student levy. The school district is holding the operating referendum to accomplish the following goals:

  • Support manageable class sizes and opportunities through electives.

  • Sustain academic support through strong classroom instruction.

  • Maintain the high quality educational programs that our community values.

  • Invest in stable funding for a strong future.

Be an informed voter.

Find out more about our needs, the proposed plan , your investment, where and how to vote, and the history behind the decision. Early/absentee voting on the referendum starts Friday, September 17, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 2. We are proud of the many successes our school district is known for. Go Jacks!