LEGENDARY SUCCESS

                                                                                              STRONG COMMUNITY

                                                                                               RICH TRADITION

The Albany Area School District lies in the heart of Central Minnesota, along major artery Interstate 94, and serves the communities of Albany, Avon, Farming, St. Anthony, and St. Martin. The district features two elementary (grades E-5), a middle school (grades 6 - 8), and a high school (grades 9 - 12). Approximately 350 teachers and support staff serve more than 1,850 students in grades PreK-12. The district is excited to be opening a new Early Learning Center in the Fall of 2024.

Our schools and communities are nestled among hills, lakes, and prairie. We live in a stunningly beautiful area, and we benefit from being in close proximity to the city of St. Cloud (15 miles to the east) and the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul (80 miles to the east). We also benefit from our close proximity to several private and public colleges, notably St. John’s University, the College of St. Benedict, St. Cloud State University, and St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

We are extremely proud of our school district. Here’s why!

  • Small Class Sizes: The average class size in elementary grades K-5 is 22. The average class size in the middle school and high school is 26.

  • A Modern, Demanding Curriculum:  Albany Area Schools has an ongoing curriculum review process to ensure a well-designed and well-delivered curriculum, one that will prepare our students for future success. Forty-one (45) college credits are available through our high school course offerings. The district uses both block classes and half-block classes to meet the needs of middle school and high school students.

  • Many Student Opportunities:  Our elementary and secondary schools offer a variety of opportunities through clubs and organizations. Currently, over 80% of our high school students participate in fine arts, academic, and/or athletic extracurricular activities.

  • Experienced Staff:  Our highly skilled teaching professionals and support staff provide an environment of trust, respect, and security. Together we work hard to provide our students the best education available.

  • Lifelong Learning Opportunities:  The Albany Area Community Education program offers a variety of adult and youth recreation and enrichment opportunities. Kids Company, a school-age childcare program, serves over 225 students in PreK-5. Our Early Childhood program serves children from birth to age 5 and their families. It provides support, information, and resources to assist parents in raising happy, healthy children who are prepared for kindergarten. Albany Area Community Education also offers free one-on-one help with English Language Assistance (English as a Second Language, ESL), citizenship, reading, math, computer skills, GED, college preparation, and job skills training through the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program.

  • Community Partnerships:  The school district awarded $82,000 in scholarships to the graduating class of 2023 on behalf of local civic organizations, businesses, and individuals. The district also collaborates with the College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University, and St. Cloud State University in the areas of student teaching, internships, recreation, and activities involving cultural awareness and diversity. The school district is fortunate to have strong community support and cooperation with our local businesses, churches, PTA, PTO, CAPS, Women of Today, Lions Clubs, Jaycees, Chambers of Commerce, Albany Area Booster Club, and the Albany Area Education Foundation.

  • Community Support:  The Albany Area school district has a long tradition of exceptionally strong community support. In August of 2015, voters approved a building bond referendum with 81% support, with local businesses donating more than 6 million dollars toward the project. The district had another successful referendum in 2022, which allowed the district to purchase the former Albany Hospital and transform it into an Early Learning Center, slated to open in Fall of 2024.

Here at Albany Area Schools, we keep a tight focus on academics, athletics, arts, and activities, celebrating both individual achievement and teamwork. As Albany Area Huskies, we take pride in pulling together! #PurplePride