Cotter Schools

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
Tel: 507-453-5113
1115 West Broadway Street
Winona, MN 55987
  • Cotter Schools is an international learning community guided by faith since 1911 where character, personal development, and academic achievement inspire a world of possibilities. Join the Cotter Family where standards values and YOU matter!

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  • Senior students - what next - 04/09/2018 - Read about our amazing students - all that they were involved in and what their future holds!

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  • Review Description

  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars   4/18/2018
    Winona state university
    What made Cotter truly unique was the staff. Each day I walked into school I was met with friendly faces and a warm sense of community. The teaching staff at Cotter High School truly went. . .

  • Class of 2011
    5 Stars   4/17/2018
    College of St. Benedict
    I feel that Cotter was unique against other boarding schools because it had both traditional day students and boarding students. Many students in my class would “adopt” a student to have to family gatherings and. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Cotter SchoolsBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-127-12
Grades Offered (Day)7-125-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationCatholicNon-denominational
Year Founded19111910
Campus Size9 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment350 students300 students
% Students of Color
3%
20%
% International Students
30%
20%
% Students Boarding
25%
68%
Average SAT Score1820* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khaki pants and polo shirts)
Casual
Average Class Size17 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:111:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1117
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
75%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$15 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$43,500
(Tuition, boarding, ESL, and medical insurance)
$53,300
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a$28,560
% Students on Financial Aid
65%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$2,500
(Must apply)
$22,700
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
75%
55%
Director of AdmissionsMrs. Mandi Olson
Mrs. Linda Schrupp

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1117
Courses(H) Chemistry, (H) Discrete Math, (H) Elementary Linear Algebra, (H) Multivariable Calculus, (H) Non-Euclidean Geometry, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature & Composition, AP Physics, AP US History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1614
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1723
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Chess Club, Cotter Residence Council, Cross Cultural Ministry Program, Math Team, National Honor Society, Parmies, Photography Club, Speech Team, Student Council, Students Promoting Awareness, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama/Musical Productions, Marching Band/Pep Band, Music Listening, Summer Marching Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Badminton Club, Intramural Sports

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Carleton College12
College of Saint Benedict/St. John's University12
Luther College10
Penn State University8
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign8
University of Minnesota - Duluth8
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities8
University of St. Thomas8
University of Washington8
University of Wisconsin - Platteville8

School Notes

  • More than 20 years experience in serving boarding students
  • Unique academic opportunities in math, science & technology
  • Award winning band and choir programs
  • College preparatory curriculum that includes college credit programs, AP and Honors classes
  • International summer exchange programs
  • Faith based education promoting honesty,respect and service to others
  • 100%graduation rate with upper percentile ACT and SAT scores
  • Affordable tuition with a generous post-secondary scholarship available to every Cotter graduate
  • Twenty four successful athletic programs committed to developing champions
  • Motivated students and teachers who care
  • Small class sizes with individual attention to student needs
  • Learning Center support
  • School community represents nine different countries
  • School accreditations: AdvancED, NCEA, TABS, MCEA, SSATB
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Donal - Governor, State of Nevada, 1971-1979
    • Bob Kierlin - Founder and Chairman of Fastenal Company
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