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This is a guide to schools, colleges, universities, and other programs related to education, instruction, and learning in the city of Winona, Minnesota.

Winona is the 34th largest city in Minnesota. Serving the people of Winona and the surrounding region, the city is home to a wide range of educational programs and facilities, meeting the needs of students of all ages.

In 1858, Winona became home to the first normal school west of the Mississippi River when the Winona Normal School was established. Now known as Winona State University, the public university is the oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, and it offers more than eight programs at its main campus.

Saint Mary's College was created as a private Catholic school in 1912. The private, comprehensive coeducational university is now known as Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and it offers graduate and professional programs at its main campus in Winona, and at its Twin Cities, Rochester, Apple Valley, Minnetonka, and Oakdale campuses.

The College of Saint Teresa was operated by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester when its campus in Winona opened in 1907, operating until 1989. Its campus now serves as Winona State University's West Campus and as Cotter High School, a private Catholic secondary school.

Founded in 1949, Minnesota State College Southeast was originally known as Winona Area Vocational-Technical School, taking its current name in 2016 when it became a community and technical college. In 1992, it merged with the Red Wing Area Vocational-Technical Institute. MSCS is now part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Winona also has a variety of public, private, and religious PK-12th-grade options. Most primary and secondary students attend campuses of Winona Area Public Schools, operated by Independent School District #861. The public school system operates an Early Childhood Center, Jefferson Elementary School, Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School, Winona Middle School, Winona Senior High School, and the Winona Area Learning Center. Additionally, the district operates Goodview Elementary School in the adjacent city of Goodview.

Named earlier, Cotter High School (Cotter Schools) is a 7-12th-grade Catholic school with boarding available for its international students. Established in 1911 as the Cotter School for Boys, Cotter Schools was one of the first Catholic high schools in Minnesota. The campus became coeducational through a merger with Cathedral Girls High School in 1952. Since 1992, it has been located on a portion of the former College of Saint Teresa.

Other Catholic schools in Winona include Saint Mary's Primary School and Saint Stanislaus Elementary School, currently operated by Winona Area Catholic Schools.

Lutheran schools in Winona include Hope Lutheran High School, Saint Matthew's School, Saint Martin's Lutheran School, Saint Matthew's Pre-Kindergarten.

Established in 2003, Hope Lutheran High School is affiliated with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, and accredited through National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA).

Saint Matthew's School and Saint Matthew's Pre-Kindergarten are operated by Saint Matthew's Church and five other local Lutheran churches. Affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Saint Matthew's School is a K-8th-grade school, while Saint Matthew's Pre-Kindergarten enrolls students at age two and three.

Saint Martin's Lutheran School is also associated with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Offering a PK-8th-grade curriculum, Saint Martin's has been in operation since 1866. Its kindergarten program is a stand-alone program, while grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 are combined. Preschoolers attend half days.

Bluffview Montessori Charter School is a preschool and K-8th-grade tuition-free public charter school which adheres to Montessori educational principles.

Websites representing these and any other school or educational programs in Winona are appropriate for this category. These may include daycare facilities, preschools, pre-kindergarten, K-12th-grade schools, vocational or technical institutions, colleges, universities, or homeschool programs, whether public, private, or religious. Additionally, other forms of instruction, such as driving schools, are also welcome in this category.

 

 

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