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Our Schools

The Richland #44 School District is a state-accredited K-12 school district that covers 222 square miles in northeast Richland County. 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.

Richland Elementary

Richland #44 Elementary is located in Abercrombie, ND. 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.

Richland Jr./Sr. High School

Richland #44 Jr./Sr. High School is located in Colfax, ND. 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).

Our Schools at a Glance


Both the elementary and high schools had extensive remodeling and new additions in 2000. In 2010, the Richland #44 Wellness Center was added 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. 

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