McKenzie County School District No. 1, located in Watford City, currently has over 2,000 students enrolled in grades PK-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. The school district is comprised of two elementary schools, grades K-5, one middle school (grades 6-8) and one high school (grades 9-12). Aside from an outstanding academic curriculum, the district offers art, music, drama, athletics and technology opportunities to build upon the students education and life skills.

Other Area K-12 Options

Alexander Public School
Alexander, ND | K-12

Mandaree Public School 
Fort Berthold Indian Reservation | K-12

Johnson Corners Christian Academy
Watford City, ND | K-12

East Fairview Elementary
East Fairview, ND | K-8

Horse Creek School
Southwest McKenzie County | K-8

McKenzie County Homeschoolers Group
A Facebook group for area homeschoolers

Preschool & Childcare

Wolf Pup Daycare

Wolf Pup Daycare is a nonprofit, 501c 3 childcare center in Watford City. Since opening in August 2014, the center provides quality child care and preschool curriculum for hundreds of area children.

North Dakota Child Care Resources and Referrals

Reach out for information and trusted referrals on childcare centers and out-of-home providers.


Continuing Education

Local training, degree and transfer programs are offered at the Roughrider Center through partnerships with regional education providers: