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 (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $48,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $5,100
  • Acceptance rate: 93%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Cotter Schools
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
7-12
9-12
Grades Offered (Day)
PK-12
5-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1911
1907
Campus Size
45 acres
126 acres

Student Body

% 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%
70%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$48,000
$61,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$5,100
$34,900
% 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
Erik Christenson
Associate Director of Admissions
Celia Kaiser

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

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
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $48,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $5,100
  • Acceptance rate: 93%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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