Oak Grove Lutheran Middle

School District

Oak Grove Lutheran



6 through 8


Average Enrollment:

140 students


Arrival is 8:25 AM

Dismissal is 3:30 PM


Existing Conditions

Oak Grove Lutheran Schools is a private Lutheran school district with two locations. The Middle School (northern) campus serves grades 6 through 12 and is located approximately one-mile northeast of downtown Fargo in the city’s Horace Mann Neighborhood.


The north campus was established in 1906 and is bound by South Terrace N to the south, Short Street to the west, and Oak Grove Park to the north and east. Oak Grove Park provides a shared-use path that connects to Moorhead via a pedestrian bridge. The roads surrounding the campus are primarily local roadways with localized traffic.


Observed Circulation & Challenges

The Oak Grove Lutheran Middle campus has great connections to the area’s multiuse trail system, but there are still many opportunities to improve conditions for people walking and biking to campus.


Sidewalks are present on both sides of most streets in the surrounding neighborhood. Gaps in the sidewalk network include the west side of Short Street and along the north side of South Terrace N along the school property.


The Fargo Mickelson/Tricorn Bike Path and pedestrian lift bridge are great community assets that provide connections to many Fargo neighborhoods and Moorhead; however, both were flooded and not accessible during field observations due to heavy rain events.


Student and adult drivers were observed to be speeding along South Terrace N, which is signed as a school speed zone.


Opportunities for Improvement

Traffic calming elements such as curb extensions, chicanes, speed bumps, and other treatments are recommended along South Terrace N to discourage motorists from exceeding the posted speed limit.


Sidewalk infill projects are recommended along Short Street and on South Terrace N adjacent to Oak Grove Lutheran Middle. A new trail at a higher elevation is recommended through the Mickelson Field area. The existing trail is a wonderful asset but is not usable for much of the fair-weather school year due to flooding. A new trail could include connections to 11th Avenue N and the baseball diamonds on the west side of the park.


High visibility crosswalks and adjustments to school crossing signage are recommended at the intersection of South Terrace N and Short Street.


Bicycle parking should also be upgraded and relocated to a more prominent and visible location.


Suggested Safe Route To School


This map was designed to illustrate suggested routes to school for students based on existing infrastructure. Metro COG is not liable for anyone that uses this map.


Last Updated: February 2020