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 through 5), Ashland Middle School (6 through 8), and Ashland High School (9 through 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 1971, it developed its well known environmental studies curriculum. It is also home to the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute.
Northwood Technical College
Northwood Technical College (Northwood Tech) is a 2-year technical college located in Ashland. Northwood Tech 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 Northwood Tech instructors.