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    Cotter Schools ::: Winona, Minnesota ::: Midwest U.S.

    Cotter School, Winona, Minnesota

    • Winona is an international learning community located on the banks of the Mississippi River; St. Mary's University is nearby; 2 hours from Minneapolis and 1.5 hours from Rochester
    • 360 students; 30% international; average class size 12 students; student/faculty ratio 11:1
    • Coeducational boarding with religious affiliation - Catholic
    • Advanced Placement and Honors courses available
    • ESL Program 




    Four seasons; snow in winter

    Student Body

    360 students (grades 9-12); 30% international

    Average Class Size

    12 students



    35 Faculty; 75% with advanced degrees

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    College Placement

    99% university placements including Cornell University, University of California - Berkeley, Boston College, University of Michigan among others.



    Honors & AP

    Advanced Placement: Calculus AB & BC, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics,  US History

    Honors: Algebra, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Discrete Math, Geometry, Java Programming, Programming C++, Spanish, US Government

    Marking System

    Cotter utilizes the following grading system: A=93-100; B=85-92; C=77-84; D=70-76; F=0-69.  Report cards are issued four times a year shortly after the end of each quarter.

    Programs of Study

    The minimum requirements for graduation, grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

    English - 4 credits
    Religion - 4 credits
    Social Studies/History - 3.5 credits
    Science - 3 credits
    Mathematics - 3 credits
    World Languages - 2 credits
    Visual & Performing Arts - 1 credit
    Physical Education/Health - 1 credit

    Community Service - 80 hours 

    World Languages offered: German, Spanish

    SAT/ACT Scores:  Average SAT score = 1720; Average ACT score = 24


    The Cotter School is accredited by Advanced ED 


    Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Wrestling


    Studio Arts, Band, Chorus, Film & Video, Jazz Band, Photography, Show Choir

    Extracurricular Activities

    Clubs and Activities:  Canoe & Kayak Club, Chess Club, Cotter Residence Council, Cross Cultural Ministry, Drama/Musical Productions, Marching Band, Math Team, Music Listening, National Honor Society, Peer Helpers, Photography Club, Speech Team, Student Council, Yearbook


    Academic building, Arts center/conservatory, 7 athletic fields, Auditorium, Chapel, Dining Hall, Library, Indoor tennis court, Media center, Recreational center, 3 residence halls, Tennis courts, Theater

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    English as a second language courses: ESL1, ESL 2, ESL 3 and Transitional English