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Welcome to Cotter Schools

More than just a classroom

At Cotter Schools your education is not limited to 4 walls. Cotter is a place where you will be challenged to achieve your full potential, both in AND out of the classroom. At Cotter you will join a learning community that is dedicated to faith, respect and using their lives in the service of others. 

Here at Cotter Schools, we know we've got a good thing going. But why keep it to ourselves? We're ready to share it with you.

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Enrolling students from infant - Grade 12

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Infant care spots for June are full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Additional infant care spots will open in August.

Enrolling boarding students in Grades 7-12. 

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As a Catholic learning community, we believe God is present in all creation; each person is valuable and deserves respect; education prepares people to build a better world; and in community, everyone grows.

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Local Learners

Serving infants 6 weeks through Grade 12 on one campus.

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National Scholars

Serving Domestic Boarding Students in Grades 7-12, living at Cotter.

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Worldly Thinkers

Serving International Boarding Students in Grades 7-12, living at Cotter.

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I am immensely grateful for my children's experience at Cotter Schools. It provides a nurturing, faith-based education that fosters academic growth, character development, and a strong sense of community. I highly recommend this school to any parent seeking a positive and well-rounded educational experience for their children.Morgan Gish

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Actual Genius

Your brain…it’s a fascinating place. 

Damien Fair, class of ‘94, was awarded a MacArthur “genius grant” for his work on studying the brain while at rest. 


A True Winner

1750 Career Wins!

Gene Shultz, class of '67, retired from coaching in 2014 as the “all time winningest USA high school baseball coach.”


A Billion Dollar Idea

$1,000,000,000 vending machine!

Bob Kierlin, class of ‘57, took his idea of a nuts & bolts vending machine and turned it into a Fortune 500 Company.


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Map Points

St. Joseph Hall
Residence Center
St. Teresa Hall
St. Cecilia Theatre
John Nett Recreation Center
St. Luke Hall
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
Earlv Childhood Center
Cotter Fields
Cotter Outdoor Tennis Courts
St. Mary's Parish
Chapel of the Angels