South Dakota Public Schools

South Dakota is the #41 largest school system in the United States, serving 194 students across 722 public schools.
Minority enrollment is 22% (majority American Indian), which is less than the national average of 43%.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is less than the 14:1 national average.

Student by Ethnicity

(SD) School Average
American Indian
12%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
4%
Black
3%
White
78%
Unknown
2%
Recent Public School Articles
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parents’ How-To Guide
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parents’ How-To Guide
Communicating early and often with your child’s teacher is an important aspect of ensuring your child has the best possible education. Yet, sometimes parent-teacher conferences can be stressful for a variety of factors. In this article we provide a how-to guide for making the most out of your parent-teacher conference experience.
The Parents’ Guide to Common Core
The Common Core State Standards were developed as a means to prepare K-12 students for success in college or the workforce upon graduation from high school. Since their inception, they have been adopted by 43 states. While much support has been given for the standards, many criticisms have emerged as well.
White Students are Now the Minority in U.S. Public Schools
Increasing birth rates among immigrant families from Asia and Central and South America, combined with lower birth rates among white families, means that for the first time in history, public school students in the United States are majority-minority. This shift in demographics poses difficulties for schools as they work to accommodate children of varying language abilities and socio-economic backgrounds.
Did You Know?
South Dakota public schools have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.46, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse school district in South Dakota is Plankinton School District 01-1 School District. Read more about public school diversity statistics in South Dakota or national school diversity statistics.