Who we are

Decorah Community School District is located in northeast Iowa and is dedicated to providing academic and service excellence to approximately 1700 students from early childhood through twelfth grade.

Decorah CSD, like every public school district in Iowa, is governed by a board of directors. The board members are responsible for determining policies, setting the budget, and maintaining standards of excellence in education on behalf of the community. Decorah voters elect board members for four-year terms. Because the school board members are committed to their own lifelong learning, they are regular participants in training and board development opportunities through the Iowa Association of School Boards.

Our Mission

Learning – Thriving – Creating Our Legacy

At Decorah Community School District we embrace student learning and well-being as our fundamental purpose; we will, in partnership with our students, families, and community, make the world a better place.

Our Vision

Decorah Community School District will be a collaborative, innovative, learning-centered organization empowering students to embrace their personal strengths and create their future.

Our Values

Decorah Community School District is guided by the following core values:

  • Collaboration and Community 

    • We believe collaboration and community partnerships promote innovation and shared responsibility.
  • Curiosity and Creativity  

    • We believe curiosity and creativity lead to meaningful learning.
  • Engagement and Excellence

    • We believe engagement and excellence foster personal ownership, and pride and joy in work and learning.
  • Equity and Well-being

    • We believe equity and well-being ensure a safe learning environment, a sense of belonging, and student success.
  • Integrity and Humility 

    • We believe integrity and humility create respectful, trusting relationships.
  • Stewardship and Sustainability 

    • We believe stewardship and sustainability promote efficient and effective operations now and in the future.