About Us

Sioux Falls Public Schools are widely recognized for accomplishments in student achievement and innovative educational strategies. We serve a diverse population of nearly 24,000 students and we embrace the opportunity for all children to learn about the world’s cultures from the curriculum and through the shared experiences of their classmates.

The District includes 23 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 4 traditional high schools, an alternative high school, a project-based learning academy, a career and technical education academy, one post-secondary technical institute, and all other district-owned facilities. Sioux Falls Public Schools offer a challenging and relevant curriculum with highly qualified and experienced staff. More than 67% of our 1,800+ teachers hold a master’s degree or have attained even higher levels of certification.

Sioux Falls Public Schools is proud to offer the following specialized elementary schools, including All-City Elementary which requires a parent/guardian volunteer commitment, Challenge Center for students in grades 2-5 who meet testing requirements, Eugene Field A+ School featuring Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence, Spanish Immersion at Sonia Sotomayor, Global Studies at Rosa Parks and a Dual Immersion Program at both Rosa Parks and Hayward Elementary. The District has all-day kindergarten at its 23 elementary sites and offers a full complement of early childhood and special education services. Junior Kindergarten classrooms are available at Susan B. Anthony, Harvey Dunn, and John F. Kennedy Elementary Schools. Learning Adventures Preschool is a fee-based program at John Harris, Discovery, and Sonia Sotomayor Elementary. The Elementary Immersion Center provides basic English instruction to preschool through fifth-grade children who do not yet know English. Immersion programs are also located in middle and high schools. As students gain English skills, they move from immersion classrooms to standard classrooms, with a variety of support services still available.

Students in Sioux Falls Public Schools consistently score above state and national averages on standardized exams with many students recognized as National Merit Scholars, Advanced Placement Scholars, and recipients of the Opportunity Scholarship from the state of South Dakota. The District also features gifted education, the National Honor Society, state and nationally recognized academic teams, as well as a host of state and nationally recognized co-curricular programs.

Our teachers are working hard to embed the 21st-century skills of Problem Solving, Communicating, Collaborating, Analytical Thinking, Creativity and Innovation, and Finding and Evaluating Information into every lesson. Parents, businesses, and community leaders are closely involved in the schools through shared decision-making initiatives and councils, PTA, and the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation.

We value diversity in our community and in our schools. Our commitment to diversity allows the Sioux Falls School District to draw from an extensive pool of talent to create an outstanding working and learning environment. We are committed to staffing the schools of Sioux Falls with outstanding professionals who reflect the growing diversity of our community and our students. Together the community and the Sioux Falls School District are making a concerted effort to create a culture that respects individuality and differences among people.

It is the vision of the Sioux Falls School District to provide the opportunities and challenges for each student to succeed as a lifelong learner in a changing world. The District values a highly trained and committed workforce, continually evaluating and improving their own and student performance. The District recognizes its role as a key contributor to the social, civic, and economic foundation of this community. To achieve this vision, we must ignite the hearts and minds of our students, staff, families, the business community, and citizens.

Middle School Specialized Programs

Middle School Spanish Immersion

The goal of the Spanish Immersion program in middle school is to expand Spanish speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills and develop a multicultural awareness of Spanish-speaking people around the world.

Fifth-grade students in the Elementary Spanish Immersion program at Sonia Sotomayor continue in the Middle School Spanish Immersion program located at Edison Middle School. Middle school Spanish Immersion students receive classroom instruction in Spanish in three classes every day: Spanish science, Spanish social studies, and Spanish language arts. All other middle school instruction is delivered in English.

Courses and schedules are developed to best meet the educational needs of each child. In addition to the acceleration options noted below, there are options for students who may need additional support in reading or math.

 

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Spanish Language Arts Spanish Language Arts 1 Spanish Language Arts 2
Spanish Social Studies Spanish Social Studies Spanish Social Studies
Spanish Science Spanish Science Spanish Science OR Biology I (HS Credit) 3
English Language Arts OR
Accelerated English Language Arts 4
English Language Arts OR
Accelerated English Language Arts 4
English Language Arts OR
Accelerated English Language Arts 4
6th Grade Math OR
Accelerated 6th Grade Math 4
7th Grade Math OR
7th Grade Accelerated Math 4
8th Grade Math OR
Algebra I (HS Credit) 4
PE/Health 5 - PE/ICT PE/Health 5 - PE/ICT PE/Health 6 - Encore Class
Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Directed Studies Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Directed Studies Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Directed Studies

1 Students will receive High School Credit for Spanish II beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

2 Students who achieve at least a 4 on the STAMPs will receive High School Credit for Spanish III beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

3 Students who have been identified as gifted may take Biology

4 Placement is based on standardized test scores (e.g. MAP, Smarter Balance)

5 Middle School health classes meet every other day for a semester. Middle School students must take two semesters of health over their three years of middle school to meet the high school graduation requirement of 0.5 health credits. If students do not take two semesters of health class in middle school, they will have to take a semester of health in high school.
Students who have been identified as gifted may take a Gifted Encore class for one semester in the place of either ICT (computers) or Health opposite PE. If students take a Gifted Encore class the first semester opposite of PE, then they will take Health opposite PE the second semester.

6 If students have completed their two semesters of Health opposite PE in 6th and 7th grade, they have the option of selecting an Encore class in place of PE, giving them 2 Encore classes in 8th grade. Encore classes include Art, ICT, FACS, CTE, and Humanities.

Middle School Humanities

All eighth grade students enroll in one quarter of humanities. Students learn about life and people through art, social, musical, historical, and cultural perspectives.

 

Middle School PRO-Time (People Relating to Others)

All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students participate in PRO-Time everyday. PRO-Time is a structure to ensure that every student in the building is known well by at least one adult. Teachers and small groups of students meet everyday to strengthen relationships between students and a significant adult who will provide support and direction for each student.

  • 15 minutes/day or 60-75 minutes per week
  • Topics
  • Olweus Bully Prevention
  • Study Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Mind set skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Creating a sense of belonging/community
  • Community Service

State Accreditation

The South Dakota Board of Education has granted the Sioux Falls School District full accreditation valid through the 2022-2023 school year.

In order to receive accreditation from the Board of Education, school districts must participate in a three-part accreditation and school improvement process.

Part One
All districts seeking accreditation from the South Dakota Department of Education are required to submit yearly information to the department's Office of Data Collection through the Personnel Record Form (PRF) and Student Information Management System (SIMS).
Part Two
All districts seeking accreditation must institute a continuous school improvement plan as a part of accreditation.
Part Three
All districts seeking accreditation are required to host an on-site visit every five years.  The on-site visits are conducted by a peer-review team that works with the district to review its goals, plans, and progress.

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