Welcome to Dassel-Cokato ISD 466
"Committed to Educational Excellence"

The mission of Independent School District 466, Dassel-Cokato Schools is to provide programs of educational excellence to students of all ages.
We are committed to the idea of life-long learning as evidenced by our programs serving infants through senior citizens.

The Dassel-Cokato School District is a rural school district in central Minnesota. It serves the steadily growing communities of Dassel and Cokato which have a combined population of approximately 3100 residents. The entire school district, which includes many rural and lake homes, has a total population of 7910 residents.

The district consists of three modern, attractive and well-maintained school facilities with additions as recent as 1998. Each community hosts a K-4 elementary school, and a larger complex is located halfway between Dassel and Cokato on highway twelve which includes a pre-school, a community education center, a 5-8 middle school and a 9-12 high school. Total school enrollment has been steadily increasing, and current K-12 enrollment is approximately 2300 students. District employees number about 350 with 141 of those being teachers.

What's special about D-C schools?

  • North Central Accreditation.
  • Dassel Elementary and DCHS recognized as "National Schools of Excellence."
  • Cokato Elementary recognized as a "State School of Excellence."
  • Class sizes for lower elementary averages 20 students.
  • K-12 individualized gifted program recognized as state model.
  • District character pillars.
  • FOCUS program and Area Learning Center for at-risk students.
  • Outstanding Media / Technology capabilities including computers in every classroom. 
  • Full 1 to 1 student / computer ratio grades 5-12.
  • Mobile carts of computers and full computer labs in the ALC and Elementary buildings.
  • Local area computer networks in each school and a wide area network for the entire district that provides Internet access to every computer in the district.
  • District reading specialists
  • Coordinated K-12 curriculum with sequential learning objectives.
  • Student test scores well above national averages.
  • Extensive extra and co-curricular activities including recent state championships in wrestling, drum line, speech, track, mock trial, and problem solving.
  • Indoor swimming pool.
  • Community education programs serving people of all ages.
  • Opportunities for parent/community involvement in curriculum development, extra-curricular activities and volunteer programs in the schools.

Character Pillars

RESPECT: Showing genuine concern for yourself, others and the world around you. ..

RESPONSIBILITY: Being accountable for your actions and accepting the consequences of those actions.

RESILIENCY: Rebounding from significant stresses with a positive attitude and sense of balance.

INTEGRITY: Reflecting trustworthiness, honesty and self-discipline.

COMPASSION: Willing to share and give aid or support to all people; caring.

UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY: Realizing that everyone is unique and that all have their strengths and limitations.



In the early 1990's a group of local school representatives, parents, community members and ministers met to determine a common set of acceptable character traits that could be taught in our schools and that would coincide with the beliefs of our two communities. The result of this effort was the identification of six Character Pillars. Almost 20 years later, these six, excellent Pillars still provide the basis for character education in our school district.