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Welcome to Forest Lake Area Schools

A message from Superintendent Steve Massey, Ed.D

Welcome to Forest Lake Area Schools where we are driven to provide excellence for every student every day!

As we navigate this school year in the midst of the pandemic, our highest priority is to deliver exceptional learning that also adheres to health and safety guidelines for our students and staff. Our school plans adhere to the Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan and other health and safety guidelines from the state. Governor Walz has some of the best experts on his team, and his plan is based on a localized analysis of risk including the level of confirmed cases by county. Our school plans are based on the state’s metric for COVID-19 cases in the three counties we serve, including Anoka, Chisago, and Washington. 

As the year progresses, we will continue to make decisions based on the following values:

To stay connected, you can also follow me on twitter @ForestLakeSupt and the District on Facebook and Instagram.

Steve Massey, Superintendent

  • We believe that most students learn best in person at school, where they can connect academically and emotionally with their teachers and peers, and where they have equitable access to learning tools.
  • The choice to decrease students’ access to in-person learning (via a hybrid or distance learning model) has real and significant impacts for students and families, and so it must be weighed against local risk factors and state guidance regarding the rate of COVID-19 spread in our community.
  • The health of our staff and students is very important and we will take all reasonable precautions to mitigate the risk of illness exposure among our staff and students.
  • Students and families who have a higher risk from exposure to illness, or who prefer a school option that carries no risk of exposure, have the option of distance learning available to them (Ranger Academy).
  • Regardless of the learning model at any given time, families and students can expect to learn from the same exceptional educators you have come to know and trust. We remain steadfast in our mission to prepare and empower every student to thrive in and contribute to an ever-changing world.

A great place to live and learn

The Forest Lake Area School District 831 is located 30 miles north of the Twin Cities, along the I-35 corridor that runs north to Duluth. It is an area dotted by lakes, rolling hills, woods and small towns. Many residents enjoy our rural, small-town life and find they can easily commute to the Twin Cities Area

The academic efforts of our students are supported by excellent teachers (67% of our staff have earned a Masters Degree), challenging curriculum, technology, high standards and a safe learning environment. The school district's strong traditional  academic program is enhanced by award-winning co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, gifted education offerings and a full range of special education programming.

As the largest employer in the area, Forest Lake Area School District employs over 1,200 persons, including teachers, clerical staff, aides, custodians, bus drivers, cooks, mechanics and administrators.

History of our schools


Schools 100 years ago were one-room rural school buildings scattered throughout the towns and countryside. Through consolidation of small locally-controlled school districts over the years, the Forest Lake Area School district now encompasses more than 200 square miles, with seven elementary school buildings, a middle school, a senior high school and a Community School. The communities served are: Forest Lake, May Township, New Scandia Township, Wyoming, Lino Lakes, Columbus Township, Linwood Township, and parts of Marine-on-St. Croix, Hugo, Stacy, Ham Lake, Wyoming Township and East Bethel.


In the spring of 2011, in conjunction with the celebration of Forest Lake Area High School's 100th graduating class, the school district partnered with the Forest Lake Times to publish a commemorative booklet that outlines the history of the school district, from its roots in the late 1800s until today. Click here to download a copy of that booklet.
The Forest Lake Area school district is a great place to live and learn. Feel free to contact any administrator with specific questions, and come and see our staff and students working together.

Our Vision:

Excellence for Every Student Every Day



Anoka County Government Center
325 E. Main St.
Anoka, MN 55303
(763) 421-4760
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Chisago County Government Center313 No. Main St.Center City, MN 55012
(651) 257-1300
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Washington County Government Center 14949 No. 62nd St.Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 430-6000
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Our Communities


Columbus City Hall
16319 Kettle River Blvd.
Forest Lake, MN 55025
(651) 464-3120
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East Bethel

East Bethel City Hall 2241 221st Avenue NE
East Bethel, MN 55011
(763) 434-9569
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Forest Lake

Forest Lake City Hall 1408 Lake St. South
Forest Lake, MN 55025
(651) 464-3550
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Forest Lake Human Rights Commission
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Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
(651) 464-3200
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Ham Lake

Ham Lake City Hall
15544 Central Avenue NE
Ham Lake, Minnesota 55304
(763) 434-9555
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Hugo City Hall
14669 Fitzgerald Ave. N.
Hugo, MN 55038
(651) 762-6300
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Lino Lakes

Lino Lakes City Hall
600 Town Center Pkwy
Lino Lakes, MN 55014
(651) 982-2400
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Lino Lakes/Centerville/Centenial Chamber of Commerce
(651) 792-8911
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Linwood Township
22817 Typo Creek Dr. NE
Wyoming, MN 55092
(651) 462-2812
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Marine on the St. Croix City Hall
121 Judd Street
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
(651) 433-3636
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May Town Hall
13939 Norell Avenue North
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
(651) 439-1706
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Scandia City Hall
14727 209th St. No.
Scandia, MN 55073
(651) 433-2274
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Stacy City Hall
30955 Forest Boulevard
Stacy, MN 55079
(651) 462-4486
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Wyoming City Hall
26885 Forest Blvd.
Wyoming, MN 55092
(651) 462-0575 Click here for web site