NICE Community School District

NICE Community School District is a public school district located in Ishpeming, Michigan; the acronym stands for the predecessor districts that consolidated in the 1960s and 1970s: National Mine, Ishpeming Township, ChampionHumboldtSpurr townships, and Ely Township.

NICE Community School District
300 Westwood Dr.
, Marquette County, Michigan, 49849
United States
District information
TypePublic school district
Established1974; 50 years ago (1974)
SuperintendentBryan DeAugustine
School board7 members
Accreditation(s)Michigan Department of Education
SchoolsWestwood High School, Aspen Ridge Elementary and Middle School
NCES District ID2625400[1]
Students and staff
Student–teacher ratio15:1
Athletic conferenceMHSAA
District mascotPatriots
ColorsRed, white and blue

The district is currently composed of one elementary school (Aspen Ridge Elementary School), one middle school (Aspen Ridge Middle School), and one high school (Westwood High School).



NICE Community School District originally contained several elementary schools scattered across a wide area: West Ishpeming Elementary, North Lake Elementary, Ely Elementary, National Mine Elementary and Champion Elementary; and two middle schools: National Mine Middle School (home of the Cougars) and Champion Middle School (home of the Indians). In the early 1990s these schools were closed, with Aspen Ridge Elementary and Middle School opening in their place.



Aspen Ridge Elementary and Middle School (ARES and ARMS) have offered a wide array of classes to students since the early 1990s. Though they are housed in the same building, the elementary and middle schools operate as two separate entities.[2] Founded in 1974, Westwood High School is a located in Ishpeming Township.[3]


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for NICE Community School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  2. ^ "NICE Community Schools". Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  3. ^ "Westwood High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 20, 2008.