Palo Alto County Public School

Find Palo Alto County Iowa public schools, including charter schools, k-12, elementary, middle, and high schools. Public schools provide information on tuition, school rankings, school enrollment, education, curriculum, classes, records, and teacher-student ratios.


Emmetsburg High School 205 King Street Emmetsburg IA 50536 712-852-2966


Emmetsburg Middle School 205 King Street Emmetsburg IA 50536 712-852-2892

Graettinger/Terril High School 400 West Lost Island Street Graettinger IA 51342 712-859-3286

Mallard Elementary School 414 Micawber Street Mallard IA 50562 712-425-3452

Ruthven Ayrshire School 1505 Washington Street Ruthven IA 51358 712-837-5211

Ruthven-Ayrshire Elementary School 1505 Washington Street Ruthven IA 51358 712-837-5211

West Bend Mallard High School 300 3rd Avenue Southwest West Bend IA 50597 515-887-7821

West Elementary School 602 Call Street Emmetsburg IA 50536 712-852-4485

About Palo Alto County Public Schools

Palo Alto County Public Schools are tuition-free, publicly funded schools that are legally required to accept and provide an education to all children from Kindergarten age through Grade 12 in Palo Alto County, IA. Each of the fifty state constitutions includes a requirement for the provision of a Public School system, and each state, including Iowa, also has a compulsory education law that requires school-age children to attend school.

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Palo Alto County School District

Palo Alto County Public Schools operate within school districts which are separate entities responsible for administering Public Schools. Palo Alto County school districts are led by boards or commissions who set policy for the district and appoint a Superintendent of Schools. Board and commission members may be elected by voters within the district, or in some cases may be appointed by the legislative body that serves the Palo Alto County district. While the Iowa State impose frameworks and some minimum requirements for length of school year, teacher qualifications, curriculum and other elements of public education, the Palo Alto County school district has significant latitude within these frameworks and the authority to manage the day-to-day operation of Public Schools.

Types of Palo Alto County Public Schools

Palo Alto County Public Schools are largely organized into three groups, each serving different grade levels. Palo Alto County Elementary Schools typically serve students from Pre-K, Kindergarten or Grade 1 through Grade 5 or Grade 6. While all Public School districts begin Primary School by Grade 1, not all offer Kindergarten or Pre-K grades. Palo Alto County Middle Schools cover Grades 6 or 7 through Grade 8. Palo Alto County High Schools covers Grades 9 through 12. In small school districts, all grades may be served in one school. The completion of Grade 12 is generally considered to indicate student readiness for post-secondary education.

Specialized Public Schools in Palo Alto County

Many Public School districts offer alternatives to traditional Public School structures, including Charter Schools and Magnet Schools. Palo Alto County Charter Schools are Public Schools initiated by a parent or community group or organization to serve a special population or to provide special curricula or instructional practices. They are formed by a special charter or agreement with the school district that grants them additional flexibility in how they operate. Palo Alto County Magnet Schools are Public Schools that offer a specialized theme or subject emphasis, such as science and technology, international and cultural studies, or the arts.