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 learning standards. Students are required to complete 22 credits to graduate.

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 parents/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. Accelerated, AP, and dual credit courses are available in several subject areas.

Support interventions are available for students through reading supports 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. RISE sites offer inclusive instruction for students with significant learning delays.

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. 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.

Freshman Academy

A structural support system that is designed to help students transition into high school. The framework includes an interdisciplinary collaborative team approach that provides the capacity to enhance student performance by allowing time for teachers and support staff to design and implement plans to help each student reach his/her full potential. Teachers will work together to communicate regularly with families to help students develop academically, socially, and behaviorally through their 9th-grade year as they earn credits to reach sophomore status. Transitioning to high school can be challenging in many ways and research shows that a Freshman Academy support system helps students transition more effectively in the areas of academics, grade retention, behavior modification, and emotional support.

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