Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn School District
Central Office
Telephone: (712) 928-2022
Address: 173 S. Central Ave., Hartley

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Elementary School
Principal: Cathy Jochims
Telephone: (712) 928-2020
Address: 240 First St. SE, Hartley

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School
Principal: Mark Dorhout
Telephone: (712) 930-3281
Address: 509 Main St., Sanborn

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School
Principal: Rusty Shockley
Telephone: (712) 928-3406
Address: 300 N. Eighth Ave. W. (Highway 18), Hartley

The mission of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn School District is to nurture and prepare students to become responsible citizens, equipped to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.  Sanborn, which houses the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School, is an important partner in the District’s progress.

Annual strategic planning meetings are important to the district’s success.  The board of directors, along with the participation of parents, staff and students in monthly meetings of the district’s Quality Support Council and the collaboration of the district’s city governments, help to ensure that Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn students and staff are recognized as leaders in academics, vocational education opportunities, the arts and in athletic competition.

The school district serves the communities of Hartley, Melvin, Sanborn and May City.  The district covers 249 square acres and enrolls 835 K-12 students.

The school district’s three levels of education are each housed in separate locations.  Kindergarten through fourth grade attends school in a quiet Hartley neighborhood.  Sanborn is home to the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School, which serves students in grades five though eight.  A new addition was constructed to the middle school in 1994.

The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School is conveniently located along U.S. Highway 18 in Hartley.  In 1998, district residents approved a building renovation project that provided eight new classrooms, an expanded media center and a new gym.

The district offers a wide variety of programs designed to meet students’ needs.  The district also offers programs for students with special abilities, which go beyond the usual challenge of every day curriculum.

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn also is a leader in the use of technology. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn graduates are well prepared for the 21st century.  The district provides students with eight computer labs using both Mac and PC platforms.  The Internet is available to all Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn students whenever they require it.  Other uses of technology include the following classes: Computer-Assisted Drawing and Design (CADD), Integrated Learning Systems (ILS), industrial technology lab, computer applications, programming, PowerPoint; electronic portfolios, keyboarding, computer graphics and numerous supportive technological devices designed to motivate and involve students in their educational programs.

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn provides full special education services to students, most of them provided within the district.

Competitive opportunities for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn students are not limited to the football field or the basketball court.  Students also may receive recognition for their success through math contests, vocal and instrumental music contest, FFA judging, serving on the staff of the school newspaper and annual and joining the Quiz Bowl team.

Learning, in its many and varied capacities, is an important component to the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn students’ experience.  Performing community service is mandatory for students as part of their graduation requirement.