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About Us

Delivering educational excellence that empowers all learners to participate in our dynamic world.

Northfield Public Schools is a southeastern Minnesota school district serving families in Northfield and surrounding areas. Though diverse in population, the town of Northfield values education for all learners from pre-K through adulthood. The district features many schools for youth including three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, an alternative high school and sponsors several charter schools. Community education is offered through Community Services and includes early childhood education, adult basic education and programs for adults with disabilities.


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Our Commitment

Northfield Public Schools’ K–12 schools offer a high quality, well-rounded education that strives to meet the specific needs of each student and prepare graduates for lifelong success.


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Our Leadership

Northfield Public Schools is led by Superintendent Matt Hillmann. Follow him on Twitter or read his blog for updates on the leadership of Northfield Public Schools.

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Our Vision

We prepare every student for lifelong success by developing critical thinkers who are curious and ready to engage in our society.

Strategic Plan


Northfield Public Schools District Goals

Northfield Public Schools has focused its energy on achieving the following six key strategies and goals:


Quality Seal

Quality Education

We will hire and retain highly qualified educators and provide them with ongoing support and training to deliver high quality instruction that meets the unique needs of all learners.



We will create and strengthen an environment that fosters mutual respect, responsibility and rigor, and ensures the right to physical, emotional and intellectual safety for every person.



We will consistently demonstrate good stewardship by analyzing information, prioritizing needs and managing our financial, physical and human resources to support our mission.

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We will implement a consistent, comprehensive and challenging set of curricular outcomes that reach and engage learners of all ages.

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We will implement plans and practices that foster full participation by all learners and address issues such as race, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation, language, disabilities and socio-economic factors.


Communication & Partnerships

We will build and strengthen bridges of open communication that engage staff, students, families and communities as effective partners in education.



Commitment to Staff Development

Our dedicated team members are committed to learning from one another. All schools in the district utilize the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model, a staff development process rooted in research and best practice.

PLCs include teams of staff members who share the same content and/or students. On a weekly basis, teams gather to:

  • Work collaboratively to analyze student data
  • Promptly identify student needs
  • Determine and implement best practice strategies
  • Evaluate the impact their teaching has on student learning
  • Make changes in their practice to ensure needs of all students are met

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