1115 West Broadway Street
Winona, MN 55987
Founded in 1911, Cotter Schools is a private, co-ed, day and boarding school located in Winona, Minnesota.
Cotter serves students of all backgrounds from Pre-k through grade 12 and offers boarding for students in grades 7 through 12.
Cotter Schools prides itself on creating a strong community of learners and we look forward to welcoming you to the Cotter Family!

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Enrollment: 404 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $48,000
  • Acceptance rate: 93%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Cotter Schools ranks among the top 10 schools with > 400 students (out of 99 schools) for:

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Cotter Schools
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
7-12
5-12
Grades Offered (Day)
PK-12
Pre-K-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1911
1906
Campus Size
45 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
404 students
310 students
% International Students
25%
20%
% Students Boarding
25%
70%
Average SAT Score
1282
* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
18 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
12
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
86%
71%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$48,000
(All inclusive - tuition, room and board, insurance, activities, travel from local airport to school, sports fees and testing)
$61,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a
$33,830
% Students on Financial Aid
30%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$18,500
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
93%
58%
Director of Admissions
Jeff Novakoski
Celia Kaiser

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
12
17
Courses
Advanced Political Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature & Composition, AP Physics, AP United States Government, AP United States History, Honors Chemistry, Honors Human Biology

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
36
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Bike Lab, Campus Ministry, Chess Club, Cotter Chronicle, Cross Cultural Ministry Program, Debate Team, Drama Club, German Club, History Club, Ice Climbing, Intramural Sports, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model Legislature, Mountain Biking, Music Listening, Music Ministry, Musical Theatre, National Honor Society, One Act Plays, Outdoor Club, Parmies, Pep Band, Photography Club, Residential Life Council, Rock Climbing, Running Club, Speech Team, Student Council, Students for Students, Teen Press, Theater Productions, Yearbook Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Badminton

College Matriculation

Year: 2017 - 2022
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston University
1
Colgate University
1
Johns Hopkins University
1
NYC School of Visual Arts
1
Parsons School of Design
1
Princeton University
1
Purdue University
1
Rutgers University
1
University of California, Berkley
1
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
1

School Notes

  • MISSION STATEMENT:
  • Cotter Schools challenges students to achieve their full potential and use their lives in service of others.
  • BELIEFS:
  • As a Catholic Learning Community, we believe: God is present in all creation.  Each person is valuable and deserves respect. Education prepares people to build a better world. In a community, everyone grows. ?
  • Cotter opened its doors on September 5, 1911, and was named for Winona`s first bishop, Bishop Joseph Cotter. Originally, Cotter was a boys` school directed by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.  In 1952, the Brothers turned the school's operation over to the diocese of Winona, and Cotter became co-educational, combining with Cathedral Girls` High School. In 2021 Cotter transitioned to serve students from 16 months through Grade 12. Through its many changes in the past 110-plus years, Cotter has never wavered in its motto, Vertitam Vereantur - "Let them Revere the Truth," and upholds the finest traditions in Catholic education.
  • Cotter Schools accreditations: NCEA
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Cotter Schools cost?

Cotter Schools's tuition is approximately $48,000 for boarding students.

What is the acceptance rate of Cotter Schools?

The acceptance rate of Cotter Schools is 93%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 58%.

What sports does Cotter Schools offer?

Cotter Schools offers 17 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Diving, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling.

What is Cotter Schools's ranking?

Cotter Schools ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Small student body (number of students) and High percent faculty with advanced degrees.

When is the application deadline for Cotter Schools?

The application deadline for Cotter Schools is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Enrollment: 404 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $48,000
  • Acceptance rate: 93%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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