Top 10 Best South Dakota Public Schools (2021)

South Dakota is the #41 largest school system in the United States, serving 145,072 students across the 722 public schools for the 2021 school year.
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in South Dakota is 47%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 54%.
The top ranked public schools in South Dakota are Challenge Center - 51, Robert Bennis Elementary - 05 and Dell Rapids Elementary - 02. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minority enrollment is 30% (majority majority American Indian) and the student:teacher ratio is 14:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(SD) School Average
American Indian
16%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
5%
Black
3%
White
70%
Two or more races
4%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in SD.

Top Overall Ranked Public Schools in South Dakota (2021)

  • School Student Proficiency Grades Location
  • Rank: #11.
    Challenge Center - 51
    Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 2-53101 S 4th Ave
    Sioux FallsSD 57105
    (605) 367-6170

  • Rank: #22.Math: 85-89% (Top 1%) Reading: 80-84% (Top 5%)Math: 85-89% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 80-84% (Top 5%)
    Grades: K-42001 S Sioux Blvd
    BrandonSD 57005
    (605) 582-8010

  • Rank: #33.Math: 75-79% (Top 1%) Reading: 80-84% (Top 5%)Math: 75-79% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 80-84% (Top 5%)
    Grades: K-4309 W 15th St
    Dell RapidsSD 57022
    (605) 428-5473

  • Rank: #4-54.-5.Math: 70-79% (Top 5%) Reading: 80-89% (Top 1%)Math: 70-79% (Top 5%)
    Reading: 80-89% (Top 1%)
    Grades: PK-5431 4th Ave
    CanistotaSD 57012
    (605) 296-3458

  • Rank: #4-54.-5.Math: ≥80% (Top 1%) Reading: ≥80% (Top 5%)Math: ≥80% (Top 1%)
    Reading: ≥80% (Top 5%)
    Grades: PK-540405 Sd Hwy 34
    ArtesianSD 57314
    (605) 495-4183

  • Rank: #6-96.-9.Math: 75-79% (Top 1%) Reading: 75-79% (Top 5%)Math: 75-79% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 75-79% (Top 5%)
    Grades: PK-6506 Main St
    StickneySD 57375
    (605) 732-4221

  • Rank: #6-96.-9.Math: 75-79% (Top 1%) Reading: 75-79% (Top 5%)Math: 75-79% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 75-79% (Top 5%)
    Grades: K-47700 E Willowwood St
    Sioux FallsSD 57110
    (605) 582-1500

  • Rank: #6-96.-9.Math: 75-79% (Top 1%) Reading: 75-79% (Top 5%)Math: 75-79% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 75-79% (Top 5%)
    Grades: K-5110 1st Ave Sw
    WarnerSD 57479
    (605) 225-6194

  • Rank: #6-96.-9.Math: 75-79% (Top 1%) Reading: 75-79% (Top 5%)Math: 75-79% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 75-79% (Top 5%)
    Grades: PK-5102 East Ninth Ave
    WebsterSD 57274
    (605) 345-4651

  • Rank: #10-1610.- 16.Math: 60-79% (Top 10%) Reading: ≥80% (Top 5%)Math: 60-79% (Top 10%)
    Reading: ≥80% (Top 5%)
    Grades: 6-8655 Walnut St
    Big Stone CitySD 57216
    (605) 862-8108

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Top South Dakota Public Schools by County (2021)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
9 Schools
608 Students
18% Minority
14 Schools
3,082 Students
45% Minority
3 Schools
495 Students
78% Minority
16 Schools
1,090 Students
7% Minority
18 Schools
4,654 Students
16% Minority
22 Schools
5,589 Students
18% Minority
9 Schools
1,255 Students
36% Minority
1 Schools
199 Students
100% Minority
8 Schools
1,690 Students
13% Minority
3 Schools
109 Students
6% Minority
15 Schools
2,060 Students
61% Minority
12 Schools
633 Students
8% Minority
5 Schools
1,446 Students
20% Minority
17 Schools
4,685 Students
11% Minority
11 Schools
1,020 Students
88% Minority
8 Schools
1,002 Students
23% Minority
13 Schools
3,231 Students
16% Minority
7 Schools
912 Students
34% Minority
4 Schools
699 Students
6% Minority
10 Schools
1,600 Students
90% Minority
6 Schools
291 Students
7% Minority
11 Schools
680 Students
8% Minority
8 Schools
1,113 Students
33% Minority
6 Schools
332 Students
3% Minority
7 Schools
1,056 Students
10% Minority
10 Schools
719 Students
22% Minority
5 Schools
333 Students
11% Minority
10 Schools
1,405 Students
6% Minority
4 Schools
463 Students
4% Minority
9 Schools
566 Students
5% Minority
4 Schools
187 Students
3% Minority
7 Schools
2,939 Students
35% Minority
19 Schools
1,278 Students
7% Minority
4 Schools
541 Students
62% Minority
6 Schools
654 Students
77% Minority
7 Schools
356 Students
5% Minority
3 Schools
185 Students
23% Minority
16 Schools
1,030 Students
6% Minority
17 Schools
2,126 Students
9% Minority
15 Schools
3,308 Students
15% Minority
20 Schools
8,253 Students
9% Minority
5 Schools
745 Students
69% Minority
10 Schools
628 Students
8% Minority
13 Schools
1,114 Students
8% Minority
11 Schools
414 Students
3% Minority
19 Schools
3,502 Students
19% Minority
5 Schools
431 Students
93% Minority
4 Schools
363 Students
6% Minority
73 Schools
33,308 Students
30% Minority
8 Schools
1,243 Students
55% Minority
11 Schools
4,227 Students
100% Minority
40 Schools
17,281 Students
33% Minority
6 Schools
398 Students
9% Minority
6 Schools
353 Students
10% Minority
13 Schools
2,150 Students
65% Minority
6 Schools
451 Students
9% Minority
19 Schools
1,204 Students
5% Minority
4 Schools
448 Students
22% Minority
3 Schools
215 Students
13% Minority
12 Schools
2,712 Students
99% Minority
6 Schools
944 Students
33% Minority
15 Schools
1,417 Students
9% Minority
13 Schools
3,022 Students
11% Minority
7 Schools
820 Students
34% Minority
10 Schools
3,197 Students
16% Minority
4 Schools
611 Students
91% Minority
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