The Ashland School District is a composite of city and rural areas contained in approximately 422 square miles. Slightly more than 2,000 students attend the Lake Superior Primary and Intermediate Schools (K-5), Ashland Middle School (6-8), and Ashland High School (9-12). A small number of private schools also operate in the City. The largest is Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School.
Ashland is home to Northland College, a private environmental, 4 year liberal arts college. Northland College was founded in 1892 as a liberal arts college. In 1971it developed its well known environmental studies curriculum. It is also home to the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is a 2 year technical college located in Ashland. WITC is the college of choice for students who wish to pursue associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates, and for those presently employed who wish to advance in their careers through continuing education. In many cases, area employers contract with the college for customized training consisting of specific courses that are developed and taught by WITC instructors.