I’m actually getting help from the teachers... if I have a stressful day, I can turn to them and they’ll listen. From day one, they have been pushing me to do the work.~ Jacob, 15-year-old at the Ranch
Operating in Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo, Dakota Memorial School (DMS) provides individualized educational programming for students ages 10 –18 who have been admitted to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch for residential treatment, or who live in the surrounding community and attend the day school. DMS is a K-12 accredited private school district staffed by North Dakota-certified teachers and administrators, para-educators, and support personnel. The school is accredited by both the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and Cognia.
At DMS, each student’s education is individualized to meet their needs. With research-based assessments upon enrollment, students are placed in classes aligning with their academic levels and goals. Elementary and middle school students are promoted to the next grade, while high school students earn credits toward graduation. A formal graduation ceremony is held each spring to recognize students who met the requirements to earn a high school diploma.
The staff at DMS are committed to providing a quality education in a safe and secure environment, while focusing on student needs and helping students achieve academic success.