Schools and Colleges

South Winneshiek Community Schools

The South Winneshiek Community School District serves approximately 700 students from Calmar, Festina, Ossian, Spillville, and surrounding areas in beautiful northeast Iowa. There are two school attendance centers: students in Early Childhood through grade eight are served in Ossian, and those in grades nine through twelve attend school in Calmar.


St. Teresa Schools

Calmar, Festina, Spillville (CFS) Parochial School, provides preschool through 8th Grade, with centers in Spillville and Ossian.


Colleges & Universities

Congratulations! You've graduated from high school and are ready for college... which one do I choose?

Maybe you're an adult seeking a new career or looking to enhance or learn a new skill... where do I go and who do I talk to?

Below are colleges located in or near Calmar, with contact information and links to their websites. We hope you find this information helpful in deciding one of our local colleges.


Upper Iowa University - Fayette

Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing educational excellence and leadership development to approximately 6,000 students – both nationally and internationally – at our traditional campus in picturesque Fayette, Iowa; through our various online degree programs; at our U.S. centers; via our correspondence program; and at our international centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in the delivery of accredited, quality education and is proud of its diverse range of student populations and progressive, flexible options for students of all ages.

To learn more about Upper Iowa University, its degree programs, locations and accomplished scholars, please visit our website:

Phone: 800-553-4150


Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar

Continuing education programs are marked by the three characteristics: versatility of program areas, delivery to a variety of locations, and flexibility of scheduling. Programs are developed and delivered in response to the educational needs of the people of the district. During a typical school year, there are over 50,000 enrollments in continuing education programs through the NICC district.

Continuing Education programs are structured for flexibility and are aimed at meeting the needs of the adult enrollees. The needs of the community are very important in the total process of program planning. Continuing Education programs vary in length from one hour seminars to programs of 240 hours in length. NICC cooperates with 26 local school districts to provide continuing education classes throughout the district. Continuing Education and Economic Development play a vital role in workforce development for the area, utilizing an integrated approach in serving the needs of business and industry.

For more information on continuing education programs call 800.728.2256 ext.399 (Calmar Campus)


Luther College - Decorah

Located in the small northeast Iowa town of Decorah, Luther College is an undergraduate liberal arts institution of about 2,600 students. The college is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther offers more than 60 majors and pre-professional and certificate programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree. Its mission statement emphasizes faith, leadership, and community service. Luther College provides equal opportunity for all qualified persons in its educational programs and activities.

Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101-1045

Phone: 563-387-2000 or 800-4 LUTHER
Fax: 563-387-2158