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  • Writer's pictureShelly Peterson

Cloquet Public Schools - Small Town Feel Offering Big City Amenities

With over 400 full and part-time staff supporting over 2,500 students, Cloquet Public Schools (ISD 94) is an unhidden gem that provides an excellent option with supportive staff and a comprehensive range of programs and activities. Cloquet Public Schools has lots of opportunities in which you feel part of the community. “We have the most comprehensive programming offered in Carlton County; it’s comparable to offerings in the Twin Cities metro school districts but in a small town,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Cary. Because of its strong reputation, Cloquet Public Schools attract students outside the ISD 94 boundaries. Both elementary schools are award-winning, Washington (Elementary Principals Association) and Churchill (National Blue Ribbon Schools Program), and Cloquet Middle School’s Tom Brenner was named Principal of the Year for the State of Minnesota.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Cary shared, “When I was interviewing for this position, I asked around, and everyone had such great things to say about the Cloquet Public Schools; I interviewed, and the rest is history.”

Dr. Cary said that Cloquet Public Schools has been able to attract and retain good staff and families by offering a reasonable compensation package and high quality of life. Inclusion is also a key element of Cloquet Public Schools as they provide American Education in elementary and several levels of Ojibwe language in high school. Cloquet Public Schools provides additional educational support and is intentional across their curriculum to integrate and actively reflect upon Native American history. Their graduation ceremonies incorporate cultural traditions, including beaded sashes and eagle feathers.

Cloquet Public Schools offers small class sizes for elementary students and older students and provides a range of courses, including electives and courses for college credit. Cloquet Public Schools has invested significantly in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and partnered with the Trades to successfully poise students for the workforce. The CTE Department promotes automotive, woodworking, metals, and their creative Lumberjack Design and Fabrication Lab productions. These investments, such as the 3D print machine and CNC machine, were made by leveraging a regional cooperative schools equipment grant and then financially adjusting existing debt payoff and bonding for renovations within the Cloquet High School at no added expense to the taxpayers.

Cloquet Public Schools offers students a wide range of extracurricular activities in sports and the arts. Notably, the Cloquet Public Schools is constructing a new outdoor physical activity complex that will:

  • add turf for football, soccer, and lacrosse programs

  • add four additional tennis courts supporting physical education classes and enabling the school to host future tournaments, better circulate competitive teams; and

  • rehaul the track

The construction of this project will be done with no additional input of taxpayer money beyond existing state aid, as the school district will use some ARPA funding received during the pandemic and has a private sponsorship for a substantial portion of the project.

If you're new to the region or considering school systems, Cloquet Public Schools provides an excellent option with supportive staff and a comprehensive range of programs and activities. The school system is nicely sized to provide a small town feel with the amenities and courses of a larger district.

Cloquet Public Schools

302 14th Street Cloquet, MN 55720

(218) 879-6721

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