Two communities, one school district
Sartell-St. Stephen Independent School District 748 was established by the communities of Sartell and St. Stephen. While each community had an elementary school for local students, neither had middle or high schools, so local students went to Sauk Rapids High School or St. Cloud Tech High School for their secondary educations.
Recognizing the importance of providing quality education for local students, Sartell and St. Stephen worked to establish an independent school district to ensure there were schools for all of the K-12 students in their communities.
We are proud of our traditions of community involvement and cooperation. Please enjoy the overview of our tradition to better acquaint yourself with our growing District.
1966 School Board votes to become a district; 850 K-12 students
1967 January 6 – District residents vote and pass a bond to build a high school (despite 12 inches of snow that fell, a special election was held with more than 94 percent participation of registered voters. The bond passed with 66 percent approval)
The school board asked voters to support a bond referendum for a high school located in Sartell. According to History of Sartell, MN: Lumber, Paper Valves and Progress, the four reasons to vote in the referendum were:
- to keep control of schools and taxes
- the need for additional elementary classrooms
- children could attend high school in the city and
- a high school would allow for more extracurricular activity with local transportation
1969 Junior/High School (the north portion of the current Sartell Middle School) opens for Grades 7-12 to accommodate 675 students (see photo on this page)
1970 First graduating class with 18 students (see photo on this page)
1985 Addition (South Wing) built on to Sartell High School to create Sartell Intermediate/Sartell Junior High (enrollment approximately 1450)
1993 Sartell High School opened
1999 Pine Meadow Elementary opened
2004 Oak Ridge Elementary opened
2016 SHS has a graduation rate of 99.3%
2017 Graduating class has 292 students
2018 Current 7th grade class (graduation year 2024) has 365 students