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School History

In 1987, the city of Grand Forks was growing rapidly in the southwest quadrant of the city. It became apparent that a new elementary school was needed in the area and the Grand Forks School Board voted to proceed. Century Elementary School had its beginning on a cold November morning in 1988. Future students, school officials, families, and local dignitaries turned over the first shovelfuls of dirt and an exciting project moved forward.

Planning this new building had begun a year in advance of the actual construction. During that year, many employees of the school system and segments of the community had opportunities for input and to present their ideas of what a new school should look like. Planning early on focused on creating a comfortable atmosphere for students while at the same time creating a school of the future. Further planning emphasized the media center as the focal point of the building. Specialty spaces such as gymnasiums, the cafeteria/commons, offices, and media center built extra large so that only classrooms would have to be added as the enrollment grew.

On August 26, 1989, Century Elementary opened its doors for the first time with 462 students and 47 staff members. Enrollment continued to grow, and a 12-room addition was built in 1992.

The building serves students from Kindergarten-5th grade, including extensive programming for special education and English Learners (EL). The instructional program has evolved to one which stresses basic skill development in all areas with an added emphasis on building high self-esteem and independent learning skills. Instruction is provided in all academic areas. Music and physical education also provide a very strong extracurricular program.