One school has been shut down in a north or north-east community every two months on average during the public spending squeeze in the last decade.
Official statistics show that Grampian and the Highlands and islands have 62 fewer schools than the area did in 2009, and 90 fewer when compared 2001.
In 2018, there were 666 primaries, secondaries and special schools in the local authority areas of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Argyll and Bute, the Western Isles, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands.
It represented a reduction from 728 in 2009, and from 756 in 2001.
The number of schools on the Western Isles has halved since 2001, falling from 52 to 26 in the period, while Aberdeen City has 20 fewer schools and Highland has reduced by 16.
The school estate on Shetland is down by nine, meanwhile, Aberdeenshire and Argyll and Bute have both decreased by seven, there are four fewer on Orkney, and one down in Moray.
As well as closures, older primary and secondary school buildings have been replaced by multimillion pound new facilities in many areas.
Examples include the new £47 million Lochside Academy in Aberdeen, which replaced Torry and Kincorth academies last year, and the £48.5m Wick Campus, which in 2017 provided a new home for Wick High School, and the former South Primary School and Pulteneytown Primary.
Meanwhile, pupil numbers have also dropped during the period in every area except Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including a near 10% decline on the Western Isles.
Teacher numbers have also fallen in every local authority area when data for 2009 is compared to 2018, by as much as 19% on Shetland and 17% on the Western Isles, while Moray was in line with the Scottish average drop of 11%.
A spokesman for Western Isles Council said: “The Comhairle has invested significantly in its school estate and whilst the number of schools has reduced, over half of pupils are now educated in 21st century schools including seven new buildings.”
He added that there were seven newly-built schools as part of the Western Isles Schools Project.