Education in Estherville

College choices

Iowa Lakes Community College

Located in the picturesque Iowa Great Lakes Region, Iowa Lakes offers several locations throughout a five-county service area, Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake.

One of Iowa’s premier community colleges, the faculty and staff at Iowa Lakes recognize learning is lifelong. Continuing education is an emphasis of the college. General interest courses are available to adults and older learners.

Buena Vista University

BVU's Lakes and Prairies locations are located at Iowa Lakes Community College's campuses in Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake. We offer many majors and secondary education endorsements in a variety of flexible formats. Our staff is here to help you structure a program that will fit your lifestyle and financial situation, and meet your personal goals.


A variety of opportunities are available in Estherville, Emmet County, and the Iowa Lakes Region. Here are a few resources to begin your search:

Estherville Lincoln Central School District

Our community values education, and are proud to offer a variety of resources for learning.

The Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District is dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for a quality public education to its students regardless of background. The district focuses on preparing all students to maximize their potential. Students are encouraged to foresee the time when they will have jobs, homes, families, and places in the community as individuals with true worth and dignity.

The Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District is the largest school district in Emmet County with a district population of approximately 8,800 people. The district educates approximately 1,380 students PreK – 12th Grade, employing about 225 full-time staff.

The district has four attendance centers:
Demoney Elementary PreK – 2nd
Roosevelt Elementary 3rd - 4th
Middle School 5th – 8th
High School 9th – 12th

Renovations and remodeling to the High School and Elementary were completed in 2008. The middle school is a new facility, completed in 2009 and is connected to the High School on the West side. All buildings are on the same campus except Roosevelt. Future plans include building an addition to Demoney to house the 3rd and 4th grades.

The Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District believes the key elements to a public education are instruction and curriculum. Dedicated personnel strive to prepare students for critical thinking and problem solving in the workplace, to discover and nurture creative talent and to prepare them to meet and cope with social change in an atmosphere conducive to learning.