Superintendent's Office

Welcome to Delano Public Schools!
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Delano Public Schools website. As you scroll through the pages, we hope you will find what you are looking for and see evidence of academic excellence. Delano Public Schools are conveniently located on one campus. Our schools are a vital part of the communities we serve and we receive an incredible amount of support from our residents.
Strategic plan and curriculum
Delano Public Schools recently implemented a 5-Year Strategic Plan. In this plan, our vision is to provide our students systemic academic growth that promotes educational excellence and continuous improvement for every learner in a digital society. Along with this vision, our four major aims include: Technology, Curriculum, Professional Development and Facilities. This plan is an ongoing process that will ensure that our school district continues to improve upon its tradition of educational excellence.
Beginning with elementary school, students learn to be lifelong learners by building a strong foundation necessary to prepare them for the next step in their education. At the middle and high school levels, students are involved in many innovative programs. The first of these is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education. A few years ago, Gateway to Technology (GTT) was implemented in the middle school, along with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in the high school. As we move forward, curriculum will continue to be examined and enhanced to meet the demands of a digital learning environment.
College in the Schools (CIS) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer students the benefit of college courses without the full cost of tuition, allowing them to broaden their course selection before they enter a post-secondary institution. Along with these programs, our staff continues to engage students through the latest technological advances. These, coupled with engaging extracurricular activities, help us strive to better the educational opportunities for our students.
Test scores
ACT: Delano students who graduated in 2017 posted an average composite score of 23.5 in the ACT, widening the district’s traditional lead on the state average, which was 21.5. That performance makes Delano one of the top academic schools in the nation, as Minnesota ranked No. 1 for test scores among the 17 states that give the ACT to all students. Students nationwide posted an average composite score of 21.
MCA: Delano students substantially exceeded the state averages in math, science and reading scores in the 2017 MCA III exams. In math, 82.2 percent of Delano students met or exceeded standards, while the statewide rate was 59 percent. In science, 68.2 percent of Delano’s students were proficient compared to 54 percent statewide. And in reading, 78.7 percent of Delano students met or exceeded the standards compared to 60 percent statewide.
  • Ranked No. 1 nationwide by Forbes Magazine for high performing schools with affordable housing in 2013.
  • Delano High School, Delano Middle School and Delano Elementary School have all been awarded the National Blue Ribbon School Award by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Delano Elementary was designated a 2012 Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education, received a Minnesota School of Excellence Award from the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association and is ranked a Minnesota Five Star School.Delano Middle School received National Recognition for its Gateway to Technology (GTT) program. This is the middle school program of Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of STEAM education.
  • Delano High School was designated a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education in 2007 and again in 2010. In 2006, DHS received the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation School Spotlight Award. In addition, DHS is ranked a Minnesota Five Star School in Math and Reading, and for several years Delano High School has been recognized as one of America’s Best High Schools from U.S. World News and Report magazine.
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Continuous improvement
We are very proud of our accomplishments, but are committed to continuous improvement as outlined in our Strategic Plan. Click here for more detailed information on the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan.
Choosing a school for your children is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. Thank you for considering Delano Public Schools. For a school tour or additional questions, you will find contact information under each school’s heading on our website. In addition, please do not hesitate to contact me at 763.972.3365, ext. 2115 or send me an email at
Matthew W. Schoen, Ed.S. Superintendent
Delano Public Schools #879
700 Elm Ave East
Delano, MN 55328
763.972.3365 Ext. 2115
Fax: 763.972.7634