Glacial Hills Elementary School in Starbuck is a free public charter school with an environmental education emphasis sponsored by the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, MN. GHES provides a quality education in a safe nurturing environment.

Glacial Hills Elementary is designated a Celebration Eligible School under the Minnesota Department of Education’s new Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) system.

Glacial Hills Elementary’s vision is to create a highly effective, K-6 environmental school that acknowledges students’ individual learning styles and develops analytical, creative and critical thinking.

Their mission is to teach rural, K-6 students an appreciation of local and global environments, and encourage academic excellence leading to productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Glacial Hills Elementary is a parent and teacher driven, public, tuition free school that embraces technology and the natural resources in our area. GHE offers class sizes of 20 students or less.



Tucked into the rolling hills of Pope County, Lake Minnewaska is truly one of the jewels of West Central Minnesota. Surrounding the lake are historic communities each with a rich heritage, unique identity, and hard working residents. The children of the area are entrusted to the caring staff and administrators of the Minnewaska Area School District.

Schools include  Minnewaska Area Middle School, Minnewaska Area High School and educational programs from early childhood and beyond.

District Office Telephone: (320) 239-4820

Serving Glenwood * Starbuck * Villard * Lowry * Sedan