Northwest Iowa is committed to a strong educational core for all students. Kindergartners to college seniors are taught by some of the nation’s best and obtain a quality learning experience with endless opportunities to experience studies outside of the classroom.
There are excellent public and private schools in the region, each of which offer its own unique distinctions. The high schools all participate in events sponsored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and also carry a rich tradition in the area of fine arts. Our schools consistently have higher graduation rates than the national or even the state average.
County High School 4-YearGraduation Rate, Class of 2011 Average ACT Scores Cherokee 85.3% 23.1 Lyon 97.0% 23.2 O'Brien 91.4% 22.7 Osceola 97.2% 22.0 Plymouth 95.2% 21.6 Sioux 91.1% 23.1 Iowa 88.5% 22.2 U.S. 73.9% 21.0
There are also a variety of higher learning institutions in Northwest Iowa to offer their services. Dordt College and Northwestern College have both been named as two of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report, while community colleges such as Northwest Iowa Community College offer programs ranging from accounting to nursing.
See the full list of area higher educational institutions here
The Iowa New Jobs Training Program provides employers, which are expanding their existing operations in Iowa or are locating a new operation to the State, with employee training. This training is customized to meet the employer's needs and is available through Iowa's community colleges..
In addition to the colleges in Northwest Iowa, there are several higher education options in nearby Sioux City, including: Briar Cliff University, Morningside College and Western Iowa Technical Community College. Across the border in Vermillion, South Dakota, the University of South Dakota offers dozens of undergraduate and graduate courses, and they have a law school and a medical school.