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Students who qualify for Challenge Center and Elementary Gifted Program (EGP) services can apply for admission to the Challenge Center. (Your child's gifted program teacher would/will communicate this qualification to you upon completion of testing) Entrance is granted on a first-come, first admitted basis. Applications for the 2020-21 school year will begin 1/1/2020.


If you have questions please contact Holli Bialas.

Lead Clerical
(605) 367-6170

Welcome to The Challenge Center

The Challenge Center is a unique school within the Sioux Falls School District and Robert Frost has been its permanent home since the 2015-2016 school year.

The Challenge Center was developed to meet the needs of high ability students from across the district by providing an accelerated and enriched curriculum in an inclusive, full day program.

Our mission is to challenge the high ability students we serve to become well-rounded independent learners. We have established a flexible curriculum based on state standards, best research-based practice, gifted education standards of the National Association of Gifted Children, and student interests.

Interested parents may apply to have their child attend the Challenge Center if the student already qualifies for gifted services within his/her home school. To qualify, a minimum standard has been established which is based on standardized ability and standardized achievement test scores, with teacher recommendation to support the placement in this more rigorous program.

Data Information

Achieving our mission, to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world, hinges on our ability to continually improve the effectiveness of our schools. Multiple factors impact student achievement and serve as indicators of effective schools. This Data Profile Directory is prepared to provide parents, educators, and the community with a data profile of various school effectiveness indicators. The directory should be used as one source of data for identifying a school's present status, assessing overall student progress, and planning for continual school improvement.


Each year the South Dakota Department of Education (SD DOE) releases a report card showing the performance of schools across the state. The report card includes information about academic achievement, student attendance for grades K-8, the graduation rate for high schools, and professional staff qualifications. These criteria are used to determine the school’s performance index or SPI.

Although the federal and state governments require building and district-level accountability measures, the District closely monitors the individual progress of each student to ensure that each student is being prepared to succeed in a changing world. By reviewing their student’s quarterly report cards, attending Parent-Teacher Conferences in the fall and spring, and contacting teachers with questions or concerns parents will have the best picture of how their children are progressing.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state assessments were not administered, and therefore data for student performance, student progress, and school environment are not available for the 2019-2020 school year.

Based upon South Dakota's waiver approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the overall score was not calculated for schools for the 2019-2020 report cards, and the school support status is based upon school performance results from the 2018-2019 academic year.


All schools in the District are submitting their School Improvement Plan to the Board for approval prior to submitting them to the State. The Plans, developed by a team of parents, community members, and staff, serve as a roadmap for future planning and professional development and measure student achievement.

Each school has a building leadership team that meets regularly throughout the year to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan. Building leadership teams divide the larger plan into smaller segments with the following focuses: staff roles, goals, meetings summary, data processes, priorities and strategies, and the professional development plan.

This document guides the work in order to meet the District’s mission, priority statements from the Strategic Plan, and the achievement goals set by the South Dakota Department of Education.


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