Top 10 Best South Dakota Public Schools (2022)

South Dakota is the #41 largest school system in the United States, serving 145,046 students across the 722 public schools for the 2022 school year.
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in South Dakota is 46%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 54%.
The top ranked public schools in South Dakota are Challenge Center - 51, Warner Elementary - 02 and Canistota Elementary - 02. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minority enrollment is 30% (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 Ranked Public Schools in South Dakota (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Challenge Center - 51
Math: ≥95% | Reading: ≥95%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 2-5
3101 S 4th Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 367-6170
Rank: #22.
Warner Elementary - 02
Math: 85-89% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85-89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 85-89% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
110 1st Ave Sw
Warner, SD 57479
(605) 225-6194
Rank: #33.
Canistota Elementary - 02
Math: ≥90% | Reading: 80-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Reading: 80-89% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
431 4th Ave
Canistota, SD 57012
(605) 296-3458
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Gettysburg Junior High - 03
Math: 80-89% | Reading: 80-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 80-89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 80-89% (Top 1%)
Grades: 7-8
100 E King Ave
Gettysburg, SD 57442
(605) 765-2436
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Valley Springs Elementary - 04
Math: 80-89% | Reading: 80-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 80-89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 80-89% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-4
301 Valley Dr
Valley Springs, SD 57068
(605) 757-6285
Rank: #66.
Dell Rapids Elementary - 02
Math: 85-89% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85-89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 80-84% (Top 5%)
Grades: K-4
309 W 15th St
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
(605) 428-5473
Rank: #77.
Hamlin High School - 01
Math: 70-79% | Reading: ≥90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
Math: 70-79% (Top 5%)
Reading: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
44577 188th St
Hayti, SD 57241
(605) 783-3644
Rank: #88.
Hanson Elementary - 06
Math: 70-74% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
Math: 70-74% (Top 5%)
Reading: 80-84% (Top 5%)
Grades: PK-5
230 6th St
Alexandria, SD 57311
(605) 239-4387
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Arlington Elementary - 02
Math: 80-84% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
Math: 80-84% (Top 5%)
Reading: 75-79% (Top 10%)
Grades: PK-6
306 S Main St
Arlington, SD 57212
(605) 983-5741
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Webster Area Elementary - 03
Math: 80-84% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
Math: 80-84% (Top 5%)
Reading: 75-79% (Top 10%)
Grades: PK-5
102 East Ninth Ave
Webster, SD 57274
(605) 345-4651

Best South Dakota Public Schools by County (2022)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
14
3,082
45%
22
5,589
18%
9
1,255
36%
8
1,690
13%
5
1,446
20%
11
1,020
88%
8
1,002
23%
13
3,231
16%
7
912
34%
10
1,600
90%
7
1,056
10%
10
1,405
6%
7
2,939
35%
17
2,126
9%
15
3,308
15%
13
1,114
8%
19
3,502
19%
73
33,308
30%
8
1,243
55%
13
2,150
65%
18
1,178
6%
12
2,712
99%
15
1,417
9%
13
3,022
11%
10
3,197
16%

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