About Richland #44

Welcome To Richland #44!

Richland #44 is an incredible community and a phenomenal place to send a child to learn and grow. We are located between Fargo and Wahpeton, about 30 minutes from each. Our community has the best of both worlds: proximity to bigger cities but the small-town culture that means close relationships, individualized attention, and the ability to focus on each child’s needs.  We welcome new families into our school district and into our wonderful community.

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Our Mission Statement:

Educating students to be responsible citizens and leaders.

Our Vision Statement:

To empower and engage ALL to succeed in an inclusive, student-centered environment that promotes learning and growth.

We will accomplish this by utilizing a standards-referenced curriculum that focuses on the overall development of academic skills, technology literacy, and life skills.

Our Belief Statement:

We believe in a safe and supportive environment that fosters relationships and high expectations for all students.

Safe and Supportive: We believe in a safe and supportive educational environment that will enhance our students’ opportunities to succeed.

Relationships: We believe in building relationships among our school, community, staff, and students to enhance positive school culture.

Excellence: We believe in high expectations that lead to a standard of excellence for all students.

Richland #44 Mascot

School Mascot

Official Richland Mascot

The Colts

Richland #44 Colors

School Colors

Official Richland School Colors

Columbia Blue


Richland #44 School Song


Stand up and cheer for Richland High School. For today we raise, our blue and gold above the rest. Our boys/girls are fighting and they are bound to win this game. We’ve got the team  RAH, RAH. We’ve got the steam  RAH, RAH. Oh, Richland High this is your game.

About Richland #44

About Richland

The Richland #44 School District is a state-accredited K-12 school district that covers 222 square miles in northeast Richland County. In 2018 the District celebrated its 50th anniversary and its rich history in the area. Richland #44 is steeped in strong traditions and has a history of strong academics, achievement in athletics, and high participation in clubs and organizations.


We consist of two facilities: our PK-6 students are in Abercrombie, while our 7-12 students are in Colfax. The District has a combined population of 1,500, including the communities of Abercrombie, Christine, Colfax, and Galchutt.

Both the elementary and high schools had extensive remodeling and new additions in 2000. In 2010, Richland #44 a Wellness Center to the high school. In 2011 a renovation of the elementary school allowed for the addition of a Pre-K program and additional classrooms. Also, in August 2014, we completed an addition and remodel at the high school that included a second gym (with stage), a new library, music room, media center, FCS room, and science room.

The school district has an enrollment of about 260 students in K-12 and also has a PreK program.


The school district has implemented 1:1 technology for three years, and in 2020-2021 the Jr/Sr HS will transition to Apple iPads. Along with state-of-the-art digital devices, the school district continues to add curriculum and extracurricular offerings for students, including Advanced Placement, dual credit courses, and social-emotional learning curriculum.

ND Insights

North Dakota has an accountability system reported through Insights, more commonly referred to as the “Dashboard.” The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of school districts, schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas in need of additional support.

North Dakota’s Insights website helps communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and school –including ours. The North Dakota Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English Learner progress, and attendance. The Dashboard replaces the former School District Report Card, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports.

School District Recognition

Blue Ribbon School

In 2018, Richland Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School; selection for this award is based on evidence of students achieving high learning standards or making substantial improvements in learning. 

Both Richland Elementary and Richland Jr/Sr High School consistently score about the state average on state standardized test scores. 

Our athletics teams have excelled at the state level (including our boys’ basketball team placing 3rd in the state in 2019), and our clubs and organizations excel at both the state and national levels (our FFA teams and individuals won national titles in 2018 and 2019). 

In 2020, the Richland #44 Foundation announced that every graduating senior is eligible for a $10,000 scholarship thanks to the generous donation from the late Darrel Hendrickson.

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