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.
- Last Updated: 13 September 2021 13 September 2021
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.
Data Profile & Report Card
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.
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.