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Welcome to our School

The Cass Lake-Bena Schools are located on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation and proudly serves a student population rich in Ojibwe culture and history. The student body is comprised of 90% American Indian students. Indian studies classes in language, history, and culture are offered to all students in all grades.

School District Bond Referendum: November 7, 2017

The Cass Lake-Bena School Board approved moving forward with a $37.8 million bond referendum to address the district’s facility needs. The question will be included on the ballot in the Tuesday, November 7, election. The bond question will ask voters to approve the funding needed to construct a new intermediate grades 3-5 elementary school on the district’s current middle school and high school campus; repurpose the existing elementary school into a PreK-2 school; replace the oldest section of the ALC/DRC and make repairs and improvements to the ALC; and make repairs and improvements at the middle school and high school.

  1. To learn more, visit the referendum section of the website (found under district).
  2. For voting information, including details on polling locations and hours, voter registration, and absentee voting, click here.
  3. Community Meeting: Monday, October 30th, at the White Earth Community Center (former American Legion) at 217 2nd St. NE in Cass Lake. Join district leaders for refreshments beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation on the referendum at 6 p.m.

Schools include:
  1. Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School, grades Preschool - 4th
      * All day every day Kindergarten, with a 2 year option
  2. Cass Lake Middle School, grades 5 - 8
  3. Cass Lake-Bena High School, grades 9 - 12
  4. Area Learning Center, grades 7 - 12 alternative education programs

All schools include:
  1. Special education services on site, with additional services available through Bemidji Regional Inter-District Council for special education
  2. In-school small group instruction and after school tutoring programs
  3. Research-based education methods, including project based learning and grade-specific initiatives
  4. Cooperative efforts with Leech Lake Tribal College, Bemidji State University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Montana
  5. Wide variety of activities including sports and arts
  6. Student support services: on-site counseling, home-school advocates, School Social Worker and School Resource Officer