- Last Updated: 31 July 2019 31 July 2019
Sioux Falls Public Schools are widely recognized for accomplishments in student achievement and innovative educational strategies. We serve a diverse population of more than 23,000 students and we embrace the opportunity for all children to learn about the world’s cultures from curriculum and through the shared experiences of their classmates.
The District includes 23 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 3 traditional high schools, an alternative high school, a project-based learning high school, 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 a highly qualified and experienced staff. More than 64% of our 1,800+ teachers hold a master’s degree or have attained even higher levels of certification.
Sioux Falls Public Schools are 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, and Global Studies at Rosa Parks Elementary. The District also has an established partnership with Code to the Future to provide computer science immersion at Hayward, Lowell and Anne Sullivan Elementary Schools. The District has all day kindergarten at its 23 elementary sites and offers a full complement of early childhood and special education services. Jr. Kindergarten classrooms are available at Susan B. Anthony and Harvey Dunn 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, 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.
The Sioux Falls Public Schools received full accreditation from the State of South Dakota through the 2022-2023 school year.