Education in Manistee County

Primary Education

A community focused on family, Manistee County offers numerous options for K-12 education. The largest district in the County, Manistee Area Public Schools (1,676 students), offers 21st Century Learning with a one-to-one laptop/tablet program. Beginning in 2nd grade, each student issued a personal tablet or laptop device for use throughout the school year.

For further consideration, other districts include:

  • Kaleva Norman Dickson Schools (581 students)
  • Onekama Consolidated (394 students)
  • Bear Lake Schools (356 students)
  • Manistee Catholic Central Schools (187 students)
  • CASMAN alternative education academy offering grades 9-12, (83 students)


Higher Education

West Shore Community College

Manistee also offers regional access to resources for the pursuit of higher education. West Shore Community College is the area’s most expansive higher education institution with over 2000 students enrolled each year. Through WSCC, and area partners, such as Michigan State University Extension, Baker College and Northwestern Michigan Community College, continuing education and special certifications are offered in over 60 areas of study. WSCC also boasts quality arts and culture programming as well as world-class recreational facilities.

Want to Learn More?

Connect with regional resources to learn about the education opportunities available in Manistee County. Information is available on our Local Resources page.