Welcome to the Fort Dodge Community School District! It is an honor to serve as the superintendent in Fort Dodge, where it is evident the community strongly values public education. The Fort Dodge Community School District is committed to providing all of our students with quality learning experiences and building relationships which will prepare them to be productive citizens and future leaders of our community.
Our comprehensive programming in academics, the arts and athletics offers students a place to explore their interests and follow their passion. With over 200 courses offered at our high school and various extra-curricular activities at both the middle and high school levels, there truly is a place for everyone in our schools. Our partnership with Iowa Central Community College allows our students to graduate high school with numerous college credits already completed. We are proud to provide a diverse and accepting learning environment which enriches the educational opportunities of all students.
I invite you, as parents/guardians, to get involved in your child’s education – we want you to be involved in your child’s learning. There are numerous opportunities to engage in our schools, everything from volunteering at a school to attending conferences and family nights to serving on the PTO or booster clubs. I encourage you to explore the many options available to you and your child at the Fort Dodge Schools.
I am confident your students will find their place in our schools, and as they graduate they will be prepared to succeed in the world of higher education and professional employment. We are excited about the opportunities we can provide our students and the great things happening in our schools every day. I am thankful to be a part of the lives of our students and the Fort Dodge community. As both an educator and parent, I believe a strong school district is essential to a healthy community, and that the foundation of our public schools is based upon our school district and community working together for the success of our students.
Overall, we have amazing teachers and staff who engage students with a lot of creativity. We all share the same goal - to make sure your child is college and career ready by graduation, and has the time of the life along the way. I encourage you to contact me with your ideas, your suggestions and your concerns. Together We Rise!
Dr. Derrick Joel