About ISD466

Welcome to Dassel-Cokato ISD 466

"Committed to Educational Excellence"

The mission of Independent School District 466, Dassel-Cokato Schools is in partnership with our communities and families, we will educate and inspire all learners to maximize their potential, promote lifelong learning, and become contributing members of society.

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.

We are committed to the idea of life-long learning as evidenced by our programs serving infants through senior citizens. We provide opportunities for parent/community involvement in curriculum development, extra-curricular activities and volunteer programs in the schools. Extensive extra and co-curricular activities are offered and have generated accomplishments such as recent state championships in wrestling, drum line, speech, track, mock trial, and problem solving.

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.

Dassel-Cokato student test scores are well above nation averages. D-C schools have North Central Accreditation, Dassel Elementary and DCHS are recognized as "National Schools of Excellence" and Cokato Elementary is recognized as a "State School of Excellence." Lower elementary class sizes average 20 students and the K-12 individualized gifted program is recognized as a state model. D-C schools offer FOCUS program and Area Learning Center for at-risk students, district reading specialists and coordinate the k-12 curriculum with sequential learning objectives.

Local area computer networks in each school and a wide area network for the entire district provides Internet access to every computer in the district. Full 1 to 1 student / computer ratio grades 5-12. The district offers outstanding media and technology capabilities including computers in every classroom, mobile carts of computers and full computer labs in the ALC and Elementary buildings.

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.