High School Education
|High School Coordinator||(605) 367-7958|
|Special Services Supervisor||(605) 367-7663|
The high school education program is designed to provide comprehensive and appropriate instruction to all ninth through twelfth grade students. All high school courses are aligned to state and district learning standards. Students are required to complete 22 credits to graduate. Graduation requirements by content are listed in the high school course registration book.
The Sioux Falls School District has developed an academic planning process for high school students. The purpose is to guide students to courses that will help them determine career options. The District course selection guides include general studies, technical schools and state universities, most colleges and universities, and highly selective universities. Students, along with their parent/guardians, choose the academic path that fits their career plans and provides the greatest opportunity for individual success.
High school teachers provide instruction in Applied Arts, English/Language Arts, Fine and Performing Arts, Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp Program, Mathematics, Health, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, and World Language.
Support interventions are available for students through Reading is FAME and Special Education Services. English Language Learner services provide support for students learning the English language.
High school students receive additional services through special education. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are written for students identified for instructional support in core areas and are served in the resource rooms. Cluster sites offer inclusive instruction for students with significant learning delays.
Accelerated and Advanced Placement courses are offered in the areas Computer Science, English, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, and World Language. The Accelerated and Advanced Placement programs provide a rigorous curriculum for students who select a more challenging course of study. The Accelerated courses are designed to lay the foundations for Advanced Placement courses. The Advanced Placement program is a cooperative educational program between secondary schools and colleges/universities. The AP courses use college-level curricula to prepare students for the AP exams, which are offered annually in May. Students who generally receive a score of 3 or better on an AP exam will generally receive credit for the equivalent course at one of the 2,000 colleges and universities that give credit for AP exams. The exams area significant part of the AP program, but students will benefit in other ways from AP courses, including learning a subject in greater depth, developing skills that are critical to successful study in college, and demonstrating to colleges their willingness to undertake a challenging course. Principals have the discretion of allowing a 9-10 grade student to enroll in an AP course.
All teachers provide sound instruction to students in all subject areas. Many research-based strategies and a variety of tools, including technology are used to actively engage students. 21st Century life skills are stressed in all classrooms. Students need to think analytically, problem solve, find and evaluate information, communicate effectively, and collaborate with one another in order to succeed in the world today and in the future.
The Sioux Falls School District high schools work to develop rigor, relevance, and relationships to foster student success. District high schools continue to be recognized in Newsweek’s list of top high schools.